Andrea Božić & Julia Willms | TILT

in English


After a successful premiere of PoroCity by choreographer Andrea Božić and visual artist Julia Willms at the Burgerweeshuis, they have now made a very special version for Frascati. On 2 and 3 May, the whole building becomes part of the performance. PoroCity takes you on a journey through its labyrinth of stages, backstage spaces, offices, hallways and beyond. The performance moves through the spaces of Frascati in a way we normally do not.

Next to the performance, Frascati hosts an extended PoroCity programme with talks and installations. 

'As a spectator and a 'walker’ you experience a strange mix of personal memories, your own social and historical references and associations, combined with the wonderful logic of dreams that have their own architecture.' ★★★★ Theaterkrant

The performance:

PoroCity is a performance as a journey based on mapping dreams into special architectural locations. The familiar but elusive logic of dreams merges with everyday reality and, in their overlap, a third space emerges – a porous space we do not know yet. A space where anything is possible.

PoroCity weaves the dreams collected from various people into a larger dream narrative. Two performers alias ‘dreamers’ lead the audience through a labyrinth of spaces and map the dreams as though they take place in the here and now. PoroCity moves through a series of special architectural buildings as a living organism, in Amsterdam and further, such as Burgerweeshuis designed by Aldo van Eyck, Huize Frankendael, Frascati Theatre and other iconic locations. Each location is a unique experience where the dreams, the location, the building, the audience and the space itself are woven into each other and become part of the performance. The whole series becomes a performance in itself: a unique journey through the city.

Installations and talks:

Following the first performance on 2 and 3 May, there will be a conversation at 20:00 for which invited guests and the audience reflect on the theme of ‘space as an organism’.

- 2 May: Dream Logic - what if we take organic structures, such as the dream logic seriously to re-think our relationship to our environment: the structures that we build, the nature and each other?

- 3 May: Urban Environment and Mental Mapping - how can we re-imagine our urban environment departing from an organic approach to space?

Next tot the performance you can enjoy two ongoing installations: the audio-visual installation Through The Looking Glasses by Andea Božić, Julia Willms and Robert Pravda, a ‘no-space’ experience based on the Ganzfeld effect, and Robert Pravda’s sound installation Rapid Air Displacement Nr. 3.

concept, script, choreography and space: Andrea Božić & Julia Willms light: Vinny Jones sound: Robert Pravda performers Matthew Day & Julia Willms management & production TILT Marieke van Bueren technique Paul Beumer production TILT residency BUDA Kunstencentrum. many thanks to: Mala Kline and all the dreamers who have shared their dreams with us

The performance is made possible by the financial contribution of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Prins Bernhard Culture Fund, Stadsdeel East and the SED regulation. Thanks to BPD and Frascati.

Check the TILT FB page or PoroCity website for updated tour dates and locations.


The Burgerweeshuis (Orphanage) (1960) was designed by one of the most famous 20th century Dutch architects Aldo van Eyck to provide accommodation for 125 orphans. The building looks like a casbah or a labyrinth, composed of innumerable interior and exterior spaces interconnected in a complex order and merging into one another almost imperceptibly. In Van Eyck’s vision, the private and the collective were closely linked and the boundary between the building and the city had to be broken down. The Burgerweeshuis has just undergone a major restoration and transformation and will soon be open to the public.

BPD is one of the largest European area developers and has been investing in art and culture for decades. BPD has made the Burgerweeshuis available to PoroCity. See: www.bpd.nl/over-bpd/kunst-cultuur

PoroCity is part of Spectra – space as an organism, a long term project around attention and space by choreographer Andrea Božić and visual artist Julia Willms.  With Spectra, Božić and Willms develop performances and installations that incorporate the architectural space and the presence of the spectators as part of the work. There is no position outside. We are not in the space but we are space.  

TILT is an interdisciplinary platform founded in 2009 by Andrea Božić (choreographer), Julia Willms (visual artist) en Robert Pravda (sound artist). TILT has developed a unique interdisciplinary artistic practice with a diverse oeuvre across the fields of performing art, visual art, sound art and other hybrid forms in the Netherlands and internationally. (www.andreabozic.comwww.willmsworks.netwww.sonicutopia.net)