Music Dance Performance Series

Music Dance Performance Series is an artist run project that presents interdisciplinary performance works in Amsterdam. It takes place at cultural centre OT301 as its main base as well as other Amsterdam venues.

This Series, stemming from the project MD301 (Music Dance 301)  was created in direct response to a need for public and artists to re-consider and re-present interdisciplinary performance within a contemporary context. The series presents improvised performance with an explicit choreographic/composition approach as well as set works that have as main focus the interdisciplinary interaction of movement, sound and lights.

It reaches out  to the Amsterdam and international community of independent artists that are researching in the areas of improvised and/or intersdisciplinary performance, in particular in the areas of movement and sound. These artists share the aim to question how to compose and execute a visual and sonic piece under the scrutiny of a public as witness.

From 2018 on, this project will be run collaboratively by a core team of artists that will present their own work and invite like minded guest artists. The team wishes to gather artists and audience with the intent to foster the growth of the independent artists work and promote new collaborations.

Inquiries:  If you would like to perform in one of the next editions of Music Dance Performance Series please write your proposal and send us a link. Please keep in mind that the venues have limited possibilities for build ups, so the work should be possible with the minimum time of set up and simple tech requirements.


This project has been run almost entirely with no funding so far except for a contribution from SED that will cover the space costs.

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poster design: Roman Zotter


The original Music Dance 301 was founded in 2005 by dancer Alexandra Manasse and musician Colin McLean in 2005. It was a music and dance improvisation event happening monthly at OT301, Amsterdam. This location is central to the Amsterdam art underground scene and has had a long history of hosting experimental music and dance performance.

Performers came from a core group who also organized the event and invited guest artists to play with them. The main focus was on free form collective improvisation where both music and dance elements have equally important and complementary roles. In 2009 dancers Makiko Ito, Malgorzata Haduch and Manuela Tessi continued to curate dance performance events with live music in collaboration with ColinMcLean a.o. These events included both instantly composed performances or choreographies. The Music Dance title remained as a container for performances in which the relationship between live music/sound and dance/movement was at the core. Manuela Tessi continued to curate these events from 2012 on, in collaboration with light designers Ellen Knops and Emese Csornai,  Manuela curates similar projects in Berlin and, most recently in Cape Town. She finds it essential, in the times we are living in, to contribute to the production of art by creating platforms and gathering crowds to experience the work.

picture: Filip Molski