Home Isolation with…Edwin van Steenbergen

Where and how do we find inspiration, do our job and keep on dancing and moving forward during the coronacrisis? Various dance artists and employees will give their take on that in the coming weeks. This week: freelance light designer and technician Edwin van Steenbergen.

What is it you do at Dansateliers?

‘I am responsible for the technique and accompany productions and presentations with light, sound, video, scenery and everything that’s related to that. I collaborate a lot with the makers, and think along about how to put a performance together technically. Each maker is different, some are fairly blank on the technical aspects, others know exactly what they want.’

What do you like most about working for Dansateliers?

‘The performances. The social, artistic and technical aspects come together at such a moment. It’s live and creative. I think at Dansateliers, One Night’s Dance is the project that I look forward to the most every year. It contains short pieces from various makers, which makes it versatile. Every year there’s a new batch with new angles. And because we perform eight times, you notice how the makers grow, develop, puzzle and try out during that time.’

What keeps you occupied during this coronacrisis?

‘Here and there I am preparing for a production that is yet to come. And I teach myself to work with new software. I am also digitalizing a technique workshop that I give to circus students at Codarts.

I have a garden of seven hundred square meters, so I am now very much involved with my chickens and the vegetables that keep growing.’

Would you like to share an art quarantine-tip?

‘I don’t have an art tip, but I do have some advice: Stay physically active during this quiet period. I built a ping pong table, it is now in the garden. So my girlfriend and I play a lot of table tennis these days.’