Poetry and stillness are at the heart of my work; poetic embodiment and the depths of stillness, whether working with live musicians or in silence, in group or solo. I’m interested in refinement and layering, in detail of sensation and clarity of action. I love the mystery that’s so clearly part of the dance, while also figuring out how to make some of the intangible tangible in a way that we can actually practice and work through the body with what is beyond the merely physical. I’m interested in revealing what is in the space and stillness being created by the dancer(s) through the dance. In the theatre I tend to work in stripped down spaces with nothing to gloss over or hide behind, dedicated to connect through the richness and intricacies of the dancing self and all that lives inside and alongside this.
I danced my first improvised solo performance on invitation of my dance teacher at the age of eight. I trained at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (1990-1994), at Bennington College and Movement Research in NYC. Skinner Releasing Technique, martial arts and training in instant composition with teachers such as Julyen Hamilton and Lisa Nelson have greatly influenced my work and evolving vision. The work of my late teacher Suprapto Suryodarmo, Amerta Movement continues to inspire me on numerous levels while practicing and performing in Indonesia. Currently I am training in London to become a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. I am moved by how many deep connections there are between this field of work and SRT.
I have been teaching classes and workshops in Skinner Releasing Technique and Creating (Instant) Dances, sometimes together with a musician or lighting designer. I have been teaching at independent studios, festivals and art institutions such as Sfadi Festival, Seattle (2001), School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam (1999-2005), TEAK, Helsinki (2004), Zodiak, Helsinki (2006), Full Moon Dance Festival, Pÿhäjärvi (2006), JoJo, Oulu (2007), Dance House, Melbourne (2008), STRUT, Perth, (2008) Kinitiras, Athens (2009), Mimeschool Amsterdam (2009, 2011), Rotterdamse Dansakademie/Codarts (2004, 2009, 2011, 2014), Tanzfabrik Berlin (2010-2018), fabrik Potsdam (2011 -), Hochschule fur Tanz und Musik, Cologne (2013), SpazioNU, Pontedera (since 2015), Links Hall/Constellation Chicago (2016), Kokko Residency, Finland (2016). I also guide artists in their process of making their own work.
A new website is in the making. Meanwhile you can still visit the old one with much information. Also this site is currently available for updates on workshops and performances and a blog on my work with stillness.
Thank you for your interest!
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