CROWD’23 in retrospect

CROWD Rotterdam kicks off again: from 16 to 27 October, Shaquille George and Bakani Pick-up were in residence at Dansateliers. During this period, there will be plenty of space for their own research and studio time with facilitator Merel Heering. Of course, we will also take them to show them our beautiful city.

In this video, a review and explanation of what they did in the studio:

CROWD is a partnership of dance organisations that together wish to support dance makers in the further development of a dance practice within the community arts. Through residencies and space for discussion and knowledge development, the programme wants to support established dance artists to build up their professional network, exchange experience with others in the field and develop their practice.
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About the makers:

Shaquille was born and raised on Curaçao, at the age of 18 he came to the Netherlands to pursue a career as a professional dancer. For the first two years he attended Albeda Dans College where he received formal training. Before that everything he knew was self-taught. After realising he wanted to dive deeper into the world of contemporary, he switched education and went to Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and graduated from the Contemporary Urban department in 2019. In the course of his studies, he received an opportunity to work and assist various choreographers and companies. He has worked with Amenti, In-Motus, Xclusiv Company & his own creations. After gaining knowledge and experience with said companies, he now ventures to further expand his horizon as a performer & choreographer. He believes in the mixture of various dance disciplines loaded with emotional value. Dance is not just an art form but a freedom of expression as well as an outlet for emotions. Shaq is based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.


Bakani is a choreographer, movement artist & improvisation practitioner. As well as creating his own work they performed nationally and internationally with the BAKANI PICK-UP COMPANY with works by Theo Clinkard, Anthea Hamilton & Fevered Sleep. With practice as research at the core of their work, they explore decolonisation through dance practice, haptic visuality and choreographic research. Bakani is based in Leeds, England.

Beeld: Amanda Harput