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KUMQUAT | performing arts is member of the Dance On, Pass On, Dream On (DOPODO) consortium, consisting of 11 renowned European dance institutions who have come together to address the problem of ageism in the dance sector and in society. They are working towards a Europe where older dancers are valued for their experience and charisma, where our common European dance heritage is cherished and serves to inspire younger artists, and where older people are respected and engage in meaningful, creative activities.


This project is the 2nd phase of the previous DOPODO project (2015-2016), which was initiated by a core group of 9 European organizations as a long-term action plan to counter age discrimination. Ageism is still widespread in our society. A 2017 report from the UN Working Group on Ageing goes as far as saying that “the enjoyment of all human rights diminishes with age”, due to negative narratives that cast older people as ‘burdens’ on society or the economy. Professional dancers suffer from even more extreme forms of ageism. They are generally expected to retire from their performing careers around the age of 40, when youth and peak physical performance have supposedly faded.


Our overall aim is to develop and implement a multifaceted transnational project that builds on the experience and success of the 1st phase of DOPODO to continue to strengthen the European cultural and creative sector, increase employment options for dancers over 40, promote creative ageing in the wider European population and improve access to our shared European dance heritage.


Within the framework of Dance On, Pass On, Dream On (DOPODO), KUMQUAT initiates and co-organises several cooperative projects.

During the season 2021-2022, emphasis is put on the PASS ON part of the project (PASS ON, for a Europe that values its dance heritage). Dance works being difficult to document and existing primarily in the form of embodied memories, relying on transmission from person to person, body to body, PASS ON projects are meant to encourage the transmission of important dance heritage. Together with our partners, KUMQUAT initiated an exchange project between the Rotterdam-based dance school CODARTS and the Paris-based Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse. During the entire academic year of 2021/2022, the young dance talents of Codarts and the Parisian Conservatoire are working on creations by various top choreographers. A wonderful opportunity for the young dancers from both cities to broaden their horizons.

IGNITE / 15 and 16 February 2022 ​@ Holland Dance Festival, Theater de Veste, Delft (NL)
A mixed programme by students from Codarts Rotterdam and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris

Suite for five, by Merce Cunningham

Hearts and Arrows, by Benjamin Millepied

Bravo Charlie, by Marco Goecke

Wings of Wax (excerpt), by Jiři Kylián

Femme, by Jens van Daele

Whereabouts Unknown, by Jiří Kylián

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PROGRAMME PRINTEMPS DU CONSERVATOIRE DE PARIS / 9, 10, 11 and 12 May 2022 @ CN D - centre national de la danse, Pantin (FR)

The students from both conservatories are joined by students from the Escola supérior de Danza of the Polytechnical Institute of Lisbon.

Dub Love Remix, by Cécilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud
Bisonte ReStage, by Marco da Silva Ferreira

Peters, by Fernando Troya
Whereabouts Unknown, by Jiří Kylián

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Programme Printemps
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