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Alida Dors


The Netherlands


Artistic director Alida Dors is a paragon of Hip-Hop culture, with its ethos of learning by doing, crew mentality, and the ‘each one, teach one’ philosophy deeply embedded in her work. As a theater producer and choreographer, she ensures that every project is a chorus of diverse voices, where each member of her crew brings their unique flair—be it through lyrics, music, or a rich tapestry of dance styles. For Alida, collaboration is about creating a sum greater than its parts, a belief that one plus one should always amount to at least three. Her work is always in dialogue with being different , urban landscapes, spaces of belonging and how Theater Rotterdam can be an integral part of this conversation. This collaborative spirit is a reflection of Theater Rotterdam’s credo: ‘I am because we are’.

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“I want to broaden the artistic status quo by adding new traditions.” Alida Dors

Born in Amsterdam in 1977, Alida’s journey from a fiscal economics graduate to a luminary in the dance world is a narrative of passion meeting purpose. Her transition into the breakdance scene led to tours with international artists such as Eternal and the development of her own distinctive dance style. This style not only captivated audiences but also inspired her to teach and share her vision with others, straddling both underground and commercial sectors, including performances with ISH Dance Collective.

In 2004, Alida’s entrepreneurial drive birthed Solid Ground Movement, a Hip-Hop school in Amsterdam, co-founded with Bryan Druiventak. This platform was the springboard for her choreographic career, which soon caught the eye of the international arts community, earning her grants from the VandenEnde Foundation and the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. Her talent was further honed with the support of institutions such as Lantaren Venster in Rotterdam, Het Lab in Utrecht, Dansateliers, productiehuis MC in Amsterdam, and Korzo in Den Haag.

Alida’s intellectual pursuits culminated in a Sociology degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2011, a scholarly achievement that complemented the founding of her dance company, BackBone. Under her leadership, BackBone has become an indispensable entity in the performing arts, with Alida at the helm, fearlessly exploring themes of race and bi-cultural identity.

Her role expanded as she became a maker at Productiehuis Rotterdam in 2015 and continued her trajectory with Theater Rotterdam post-merger, ascending to Artistic Director in 2020. Her directorial finesse shone through in “Or Die Trying,” a production that garnered a nomination for De Zwaan, the most significant dance accolade in the Netherlands, for the 2019-2021 season.

Alida Dors’ creations are adventurous, interdisciplinary dance chronicles that weave together Hip-Hop and modern dance, characterized by their social and political engagement. Her work is a beacon of contemporary relevance, engaging audiences with innovative performances that deepen the cultural experience.

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