Rebound is a contemporary urban dance performance by choreographer and sociologist Alida Dors. Six dancers and a live musician examine the themes 'resilience' and 'identity'. A performance for and about the go-getters among us. Do you have the resilience, when everything has been taken away, to rediscover yourself and how do you do that?

We see six dancers enclosed by walls in an anonymous space. In this stifling situation they are condemned to themselves and each other. Visibly stripped of everything that gives them a social identity an investigative dance is created. How do you actually show who you are, when much of what you give an identity falls away and the word has no value anymore? What determines who you are when background, status and culture do not matter? The here and now is decisive, but memories, fears and structures bump mercilessly on the walls. Do you give up or: 'Rebound'?

Alida takes Rebound (2005) from Conny Janssen as a starting point. Just like Conny, Alida researches the theme of 'resilience' and, with the addition of the theme 'identity', gives it its own twist. In a raw and at the same time sensitive performance the stretch of us human beings is made visible. 

"I see the resilience of people in many places in society. At first sight hopeless people in our society transcend themselves, time after time. Refugees worldwide show their willpower and resilience. As species we are incredibly inventive. That touches me. "- Alida Dors

Rebound is a performance by BackBone in co-production with Theater Rotterdam and tanzhaus nrw and financial support from Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Fonds21


Choreography & concept:
Alida Dors
Composer & musician
Vernon Chatlein
Pom Arnold
Donna Chittick 
Thomas Krikken
Liza Panjoel
Remses Rafaela
Naïma Souhaïr
Dance dramaturgy: 
Peggy Olislaegers
Decor design:
Ascon de Nijs
Decor construction:
Man met de hamer
Costume design:
Isis Vaandrager
Lightning design:
Jeffrey Steenbergen
Technical production:
Executive technique:
David te Marvelde, Jeffrey Steenbergen en anderen
Creative producer & business leader:
Ayra Kip
Gysèle ter Berg
Susanne Tuny
Marketing & PR:
Nanda van Aalst
Graphic design:
Serena Kloet
Photography campagne image:
Bowie Verschuuren
Scene photography:
Bowie Verschuuren
With special thanks to: alle dansers, Conny Janssen, Danstheater Aya, Solid Ground Movement, Senf Theaterpartners


  • Theater Bellevue Amsterdam, try out
  • Theater Bellevue Amsterdam, première
  • CC Amstel Amsterdam
  • Parktheater Eindhoven
  • LUX Nijmegen
  • Theater Korzo Den Haag
  • De Lieve Vrouw Amersfoort
  • Podium Hoge Woerd Utrecht
  • Rotterdam Theatre Rotterdam
  • Rotterdam Theatre Rotterdam
  • Tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (DE)
  • Tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (DE)
  • Toneelschuur (canceled) Haarlem
  • Schouwburg De Lawei Drachten
  • Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
  • Chassé Theater Breda
  • Zwolse Theaters
  • Podium Mozaïek Amsterdam
  • Theater Ins Blau Leiden
  • Verkadefabriek Den Bosch
  • Verkadefabriek Den Bosch
  • Toneelschuur Haarlem