Memory Loss Inside

In the penetrating and poignant film Memory Loss Inside one experiences the production Memory Loss from the perspective of the performers in their role of people affected by memory loss. With cameras attached to the heads of the performers, they take you on a confusing and unnerving journey through a slowly fragmenting world. In their effort to get a grip on their environment, elements of the original production pop up  like memories.

The film, a coproduction with the Dutch Dance Festival. De Theaterkrant wrote: “Since the camera lets you follow every step of each performer, getting lost is twice as impactful (…) A terrifying gem.

Memory Loss Inside can be seen online during the CaDance festival in The Hague on Saturday, January 30.

Memory Loss Inside

Nominatie Zwaan beste dansproductie

Nomination for Memory Loss

Ann Van den Broek’s latest creation Memory Loss, which premiered at Theater Rotterdam at the beginning of 2020, has been nominated by the VSCD (Association of Theater and Music Hall Directors) for the Zwaan award for the most impressive dance production. The jury: “Memory Loss is a personal document: sincere and moving. Cruel and loving. With her trilogy, Ann Van den Broek fosters understanding for people with dementia and deserves all the credit for that. As one of the dancers says: ‘They are by no means crazy’.”

Due to the abrupt end of the 2019-2020 theater season, the VSCD will not announce any winners this year. The nominees have a chance to win a coveted Zwaan award next year!


Protect/perform looks over a period of fifteen years in the development of Ann Van den Broek’s artistic career from modern dancer to renowned choreographer of award-winning dance productions. Based on conversations with author Marcelle Schots, reflections and many never-before-published photographs, it sheds light on the context that inspired Van den Broek to create her body of work. A book to reflect. To remember, to redefine and to reveal what was never said before.

Protect/perform is bilingual (English/Dutch), 160 pages and costs € 20,00 (plus postage). The book is for sale at the performances or can be ordered by sending an email.




A big part of Ann Van den Broek’s artistic vision can be found in the name of her company. The meaning of ‘ward’, according to the dictionary, reads as follows:
1) the act of guarding; the state of being under guard;
2) guardianship, being under control of a guardian;
3) a means of defense or protection;
4) a division of a jail or prison, or of a hospital;
5) a district or division of a city or town;
6) to fend off, parry;
7) to keep watch over, guard, protect.

In short, in relation to the organization, it is a place where it is safe to congregate and work.