WArd/waRD is moving to Tilburg

After ten valuable and fruitful years of working together with Theater Rotterdam, we are moving to Tilburg. Close to the Dutch-Belgian border and from an independent position we aim to strengthen local and international connections with social and cultural organizations and the audience.

In Tilburg we found a perspective that fits our company. The arts scene there, which includes a dance academy where our dancers regularly provide masterclasses, two theaters that program the work of Ann Van den Broek, a production company, a theater company and several museums, creates a climate that encourages new developments. In the meantime, we continue to focus on creating, producing, and presenting the artistic work of Ann Van den Broek.

Ann Van den Broek

Focus week in Nantes

Ann Van den Broek was in Nantes from April 9 – 13 with her crew for a comprehensive presentation of her work at Le Lieu Unique. This French center for the arts was a supporting partner in the creation of The Balancing Act. We remember this wonderful collaboration fondly.

A year ago, we traveled to Nantes for a residency, during which the idea was hatched to organize a weekof presentations focusing on Ann Van den Broek’s work. As a result, we did not only perform two nearly sold-out shows of The Balancing Act, but we also presented Loops of Emotions, performed the Memory Loss Concert, and Accusations Walks together with students from Nantes. The productions were presented in the context of an extensive exhibition of Ann Van den Broek’s work.

Work/world booklet now online

During the creation process of Creating Joy, the research performance for Joy Enjoy Joy, we asked Sanjoy Roy (dance writer for The Guardian) to write about the work of Ann Van den Broek. At the end, there were eight essays, four about the research piece and for about Joy Enjoy Joy. These texts are now bundled in the booklet work/world.

Online, these texts are combined with short clips of the joy performances, corresponding with the chapter of the booklet.




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 € 15,00 (plus postage). The book is for sale at the performances or can be bought in our webshop.


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.

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