wed 21 till sun 25 march


Andrea Božić & Julia Willms | TILT

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Location: Burgerweeshuis, IJsbaanpad 1, Amsterdam map

Première of PoroCity by choreographer Andrea Božić and visual artist Julia Willms at the Burgerweeshuis (Orphanage) designed by Aldo van Eyck in collaboration with BPD and Frascati in Amsterdam with a tour along a series of special locations in the city and further.

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.

PoroCity premieres at the Burgerweeshuis (Orphanage) designed by the Dutch designer Aldo van Eyck, in collaboration with the BPD and Frascati in Amsterdam 21-25 March 2018. The performance further appears on a series of special and unexpected locations in Amsterdam, Netherlands and internationally and is on tour until March 2019. Follow our Facebook page for the further appearances and see the current dates below (https://www.facebook.com/TiltIndisciplinaryArtPlatform/)

concept, script, choreography and space: Andrea Božić & Julia Willms light: Vinny Jones sound: Robert Pravda performers Matthew Day & Margo van de Linde management & production Marieke van Bueren technique Paul Beumer production TILT residentyBUDA 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.


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)


Tickets online €2 goedkoper

The Burgerweeshuis / BPD is easily accessible by public transport and by car. The building is located along the A10 (exit 8, Amsterdam Oud-Zuid) and within walking distance of Amsterdam Zuid train station and metro stop Amstelveenseweg (metro 50)