Matter Affects is an initiative launched by choreographer Samir Calixto and Stacz Wilhelm, former artistic director of the biggest dance production house in the Netherlands. It is the fruit of a mutual vision in which dance embodies the fluidity and preverbal intensities of life, expanding the forms of human interaction.

The foundation is committed to creating dance works and collaborations of both national and international reach, developing projects of high artistic level, in a constant communication with local audiences.


The foundation also believes in collaboration as the key concept behind the sustainable support for artists. Consequently, it chose the city of Zwolle as its home base, entering a close partnership with the consortium Zwolse Theaters.

Other partnerships include Schouwburg De Lawei in Drachten, and the partners of the European network Danse Qui Danse: Scenario Pubblico in Catania, Italy, Malandain Ballet Biarritz in France, Danish Dance Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dantzaz in San Sebastian, Spain, Kale in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, The National Ballet of Silesia-Moravia in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Steptext in Bremen, Germany, and the Neuf Neuf festival in Toulouse, France.

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‘Matter’ refers to the raw corporeal and visceral essence of dance, but also to the entirety of our reality that is so huge, complex and fluid that we are fundamentally unable to grasp it. There is always the sense that we are only focussing on a tiny fraction of it, with our limited senses and limited intellectual abilities. It is this preconscious awareness that shimmers through the experience of dance, as an abyss, but also as a portal to endless possibilities.