Built for it

“I recently got into a conversation with an American. He told me about the struggle he went through to escape from the ghetto and become the man he is today. What stayed with me were his words, “I don’t mind the struggle, I’m built for it!”
Alida Dors

We’re all different. And that’s the way it’s supposed to be. It’s a fact – but how do we deal with this? As human beings, we all end up stigmatising others. Built for it is a poignant appeal for empathy. Seven dancers try to free themselves from persistent stigmas and prejudices. Is it possible for the individual to break free of these? To what extent do we determine who we are or who we want to be? 

This production depicts the struggle for empowerment of a stigmatised individual and group. It takes the form of the deconstruction of a stereotype. A personal search for autonomy and an individual voice, shaped by Alida Dors’ choreography and sharp spoken word by wordsmith and rapper Typhoon. Typhoon’s work, like Alida’s, is characterised by rhythmic patterns. Together, these two disciplines form the motor behind the dance. This unique cooperation was informed by the makers’ shared love of hip-hop. 


‘Built for it shows that hip-hop can be more than a competition for virtuoso performance pieces and skills.’
Theaterkrant ✮✮✮✮

‘Well-oiled choreography from Alida Dors, the woman when it comes to contemporary dance in the Netherlands based on the hip-hop idiom.’
Volkskrant ✮✮✮

Interview with Typhoon on his collaboration with Alida Dors: ‘My words dance, her dance speaks.’
NRC Handelsblad | NRC Next


choreography | Alida Dors with the dancers
text | Typhoon
dance | Pom Arnold, Bilal Bachir, Donna Chittick, Xander van den Corput, Angeelo Lindeborg, Sarah Mancini, Joek Tijsen
soundtrack | DJ Lovesupreme
musical dramaturgy | Maarten van Hinte
dramaturgy | Katja Hieminga
set and lighting design | Loes Schakenbos
technical support | Loes Schakenbos and Pim Mans
costume design | Elianne van Dorp
business management and production management | Gysèle ter Berg
sales | Gysèle ter Berg
PR & Marketing | Arjan Jager, Judith van der Kooij
campaign design | Linette Raven
graphic design | Vanessa van de Weerd

A co-production with Productiehuis Rotterdam, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf and Het Klooster in Woerden, where Alida is also Artist-in-residence.


  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdam
  • Het Klooster Woerden
  • Het Klooster Woerden
  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdam
  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdam
  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdam
  • Tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (DE)
  • Tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (DE)
  • Het Klooster Woerden
  • Amsterdam, Rightaboutnow festival
  • Theater Ins Blau Leiden
  • LUX Nijmegen
  • Theater Castellum Alphen aan de Rijn
  • Schouwburg De Lawei Drachten
  • Theater Bellevue Amsterdam
  • Theater Bellevue Amsterdam
  • Toneelschuur Haarlem
  • Chassé Theater Breda
  • Verkadefabriek Den Bosch
  • De Oosterpoort Groningen
  • Theater Kikker Utrecht
  • Bijlmer Parktheater Amsterdam
  • Theater Korzo Den Haag
  • Podium Mozaïek Amsterdam
  • Rotterdam Danst Rotterdam
  • Openluchttheater Vondelpark Amsterdam
  • Zwolse Theaters
  • Theater De Meervaart Amsterdam
  • Theaterfestival Jonge Harten Groningen