Loop Loop Dans

Heerlen, NL

Simple lines on a pavement transform the doorstep of city hall into an interactive dance floor.

Part of Heerlen’s “City as a Playground” initiative.

Permanently installed on the doorstep of Heerlen’s new city hall, Loop Loop Dans (dutch for Walk Walk Dance) invites passersby to make music to the beat of their own step, alone or with others. All it takes is just a hop, step, skip, or a roll, to play lines on the pavement like musical keys. Commissioned as part of its “City as a Playground” initiative, the artwork pays tribute to Heerlen as Europe’s emerging prominent hub for hip hop and urban dance.

Touching the lines—whether with a foot or a wheel—triggers rhythms, tones, and melodies. Keep at it long enough, or collaborate with others, and fully orchestrated snippets of song emerge, composed by the user’s movements. With all the technology (sensors, speakers) discreetly enclosed in the low-lying wall of an adjacent garden bed, Loop Loop Dans becomes a seamless part of the site’s permanent infrastructure.

Photo: Pascal Moors - Nose for photography


Ever since the local coal mining industry collapsed in the 1970s, ending tens of thousands of jobs, Heerlen has struggled to re-find its economic footing. Recently the city has developed into an emerging tech hub, but it has also had success investing in arts and culture as a driver for the local economy, and seen its old centre revitalized with exciting new architecture, including the city hall designed by dutch firm Mecanoo. (Daily tous les jours collaborated closely with Mecanoo on ensuring the artwork’s integration with the site.)

Meanwhile, the Notorious IBE, a popular summer festival in Heerlen that draws performers and audiences from around the world, has put Heerlen on the map as a hub for hip hop dance.

Photo: Pascal Moors - Nose for photography

City as a playground

Daily tous les jours consulted directly with Heerlen on its strategic “City as a Playground” initiative, helping to identify numerous areas within the city centre as sites suitable for artistic interventions that could serve not only as attractions, but as enablers of a renewed vision for Heerlen. 

One of the things that we learned from the interviews and workshops we conducted with citizens and key stakeholders, was how Heerlen’s city centre had become a place where they mainly went to shop, and less so a destination where people might want to spend time together doing things. In the end, Daily tous les jours proposed a series of interventions (Loop Loop Dans being just one) that foreground dance as a core feature of the city’s identity and to celebrate local performers—bringing dance to as wide an audience as possible, all year round. 

Photo: Pascal Moors - Nose for photography

Where it all began

The first edition of the Musical Lines series was conceived as a roving installation for pandemic times, when struggling cities were looking for ways to inject some life and fun back into their public spaces.


Walk Walk Dance — Touring Edition

Photo: Pascal Moors - Nose for photography


    • Commissioned by Gemeente Heerlen
    • A Project by Daily tous les jours
  • Creative Direction
    • Mouna Andraos
    • Melissa Mongiat
  • Creative Team
    • Michael Carosello
    • Cécile Chandran
    • Ajmir Kandola
    • Anne Ouellette
    • Magalie Rouleau
    • Florence Peters
  • Sound Direction
    • Michael Baker
  • Technological Direction
    • Eva Schindling
  • Technical Direction
    • Mathieu Frenette
  • Production
    • Aurélien Cruse
  • Production Coordination
    • Sarah James
  • Copywriting
    • No Media
  • Manufacturing
    • Atelier Papineau
  • Installation
    • Jongen Contractors
  • Photography
    • Pascal Moors, Nose for Photography
  • Communication
    • Mehdi Kerrit
  • A big thank you to
    • The City of Heerlen; Mecanoo; Fidelio; Koolcult; Martine, Peinture ALRO; Caroline Gueugnon, CVG Consulting; HOMIJ Contractors; Creopack; Mecanoo Architects; and the rest of the Daily team—Armen, Justine, Christophe, Leyla, Noémie, Rafine, Renaud, and Stu.

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