Open call for Spoffin LAB 2017

Introduction | What you need to know | How to apply | Deadline and procedure | Previous Spoffin LABs


Spoffin LAB is a residency project supporting young theatre artists who are in the process of finishing a new project created for public space (streets, squares, parks, etc.). The residency takes place in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, during the month of August and consists of:

  • free use of a residency space during up to two weeks at the end of August;
  • free use of a guesthouse during the residency;
  • at least two performances during the Spoffin festival (August 25-27), including the premiere;
  • 100% of the money ‘from the hat’;
  • help of a few volunteers during the performances, depending on your needs;
  • assistance from the festival in finding the right site or venue for the performances;
  • publicity support;
  • possibility to showcase a short excerpt of the performance (4-8 minutes) during Spoffin Amuses, the official opening event of the festival (August 25);
  • possibility for a short presentation for our professional guests during the Spoffin PRO meeting (August 27-28);
  • all lunches and dinners during the festival.

What you need to know

It is important to understand that you will have to work very indepently. Spoffin cannot offer production facilities. You will have to cook, wash and clean during the residency and deliver both the residency space and the guesthouse afterwards in the same (or better) condition as when you entered. If something gets damaged or lost, you will have to replace it. Spoffin will not be able to support you with travel costs or any fees. Of course we will support you with an official invitation, which may help you to get additional funding for the project.

How to apply

You can apply for the Spoffin LAB by completing and submitting the application form.

Deadline and procedure

The deadline for applying is January 31, 2017. Applications sent after this date will not be reviewed for the 2017 residency. All applications are confidential and will only be shared within the selection committee. We will not publish any details about the applications before we have finalised the agreement.

During the month of February, 2017 the committee will review all applications and select the project that we expect both the artists and the festival can profit the most of. Spoffin has a special focus on artists from Central and Eastern Europe. If you are from one of these regions this will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Application for Spoffin LAB 2017 will open on November 1, 2016

Previous Spoffin LABs


HURyCAN in Asuelto. Photo: © Nico Brons

Spoffin LAB 2016 was granted to HURyCAN (FR/AR) and Cie. Woest (NL/BE). HURyCAN worked on their new piece Asuelto, which had it’s Dutch premiere in Spoffin. Cie. Woest did a research for the new production Lucky Shots, to be premiered in 2017, and showed a work in progress.


Photo: © Christophe Lavaud

The 2015 Spoffin LAB was granted to Walkwoman (FR/SE). Walkwoman — or how to occupy an urban territory in the timeframe of a song and some undisciplined dancing. Walkwoman wants to take dancing to the streets, to bring dance to people who would normally never think of going to a dance performance in a theatre. They perform for the passers-by. Their challenge: to invite people to join in. Body energy communicates the pleasure of dancing, and when people stop to look, Walkoman offers them headphones to hear the music. An intimacy is created, within the distance of the length of the headphone lead. People join us dancing when they feel like it and become part of the performance. The perception of hectic city life has been altered, routine has been broken. And people leave with smiles on their faces.

Sheyda Darab

Photo: © OMRII

In 2014 Iranian-Dutch dancer, teacher, choreographer and theatre maker Sheyda Darab worked in residency in Amersfoort. She developed her solo From dust till dust, which premiered at Spoffins 5th edition.
At the age of eight, Sheyda Darab (27) fled with her mother and sister from Iran to the Netherlands. She worked as a dancer and choreographer for companies including Scapino Ballet, the MTV Club Tour, Madonna and Nike. She can be seen in the famous video of Stop The Traffik against forced prostitution, which she also choreographed. The clip received the Gold Award for Best Online Campaign 2012.

Dead Ends

Photos: 2013 © Cees Wouda

Performer Sandrina Lindgren (Sweden) and puppeteer Ishmael Falke (Finland) worked during the 2013 residency of Spoffin on a very special, site specific city tour, Dead Ends - The art of urban animation, consisting of ultra short stories in which local traffic signs played the leading role.

Linn Brodén

Photo: 2012 © Wim Lanser

In 2012, Linn Brodén (Sweden) and Tom Richmond (Great-Britain) used their residency to complete their new production Push Me, Pull You, which premiered during Spoffin and was performed four times with great success.

Ara Dona

Photo: 2011 © Joris Hol

Spoffin LAB 2011 was granted to Cie. Ara Dona (Berlin, Germany). They finished their site-specific performance Hinter den Türen during the month of August and performed it two times during the festival in the beautiful surroundings of Armen de Poth, a medieval almshouse courtyard in Amersfoort.