Kristin de Groot has been the proud director of Dansateliers since 2011. Before entering her leading role in the organization she worked as a freelance dancer and was a tutor, educational developer, coordinator and eventually Head of the Dance Department at the ArtEZ Dance Academy in Arnhem. Within Dansateliers she shapes future policy and operates as a true connector, continuously scouting for (artistic) collaborations and opportunities for the organization as well as the choreographers we work with.
What do you like about Dansateliers?
That it is a creative place. The artists we work with are putting their hearts and souls into the adventure of searching for their own language. They are giving form to their artistic concepts, develop their craftsmanship and prepare for their own professional practice. I find it a pleasure to work with these young and very inventive thinkers and creators. They are all intelligent, enthusiastic and committed artists. I very much enjoy working with them.
What makes Dansateliers special?
Everything: the mix of artists, the crazy people in the office, the beautiful work that arises, the many conversations that take place, the lovely audience that follows us, the fantastic partners we work with, the beautiful projects we develop and so on. I could continue for a while…
What are you most proud of?
I am proud of the current position of the organization. My first assignment as a director was to keep the organization afloat in a time of massive cutbacks. I am proud to say that we succeeded. That is not only my merit, but also because of the hard work of Johan and later Lody. We made the right choices and were able to give the organization a boost of visibility. We are currently well regarded and appreciated nationally and internationally.
Do you rather find yourself in front of, or behind the scenes?
Both. I love working in the studio with the makers, but I also enjoy a public moment around shows or other occasions. I think there is a parallel here with the way I was working as a dancer. I greatly enjoyed a creative process in the safe haven of a studio, but I also enjoyed the meeting with the audience once a piece was finished and was on tour.
Kristin de Groot
Johan Cuperus has been Dansateliers’ versatile business leader for many years. In addition to the overall business management, he coaches and supports the associated artists with production and finance. He has long-term experience and knowledge of the (Rotterdam) dance field and is well acquainted with the television and media world. For Dansateliers he is an indispensable factor; an energetic know-it-all who is there for us 24 hours a day.
What is it that you do at Dansateliers?
I am a business leader but because people often do not know what this entails, you could also say that I am responsible for the ‘manager-like’ activities. I try to create the right conditions for the artistic creations and concepts and manage the finances, production and planning of all sorts of things within Dansateliers.
How did you end up at Dansateliers?
I have been officially part of the Dansateliers team since 2010 but was involved with the organization since its foundation, approximately 25 years ago. In the nineties I started the Service Point Dance in order to provide professional lessons for the freelance dance circuit. I worked as business manager for Rogie & Company for years and similar companies and organizations. After an interim position I started my official position as a business manager of Dansateliers in 2011.
What makes Dansateliers special?
Dansateliers is a very versatile place. The way we connect people with new experiences is very specific and special. Art makes life meaningful. This is why I put a lot of energy and hours into the organization. It is the reason you can find me here a lot.
Other things you need to know about Johan is that he likes to lend a helping hand, and is pragmatic and down to earth. If you cannot find him at Dansateliers, he is glued to his scooter; traveling Europe in search for adventure.
Carolien Verduijn is responsible for Dansateliers’ pr and communication. She studied Cultural Studies at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and Contemporary Theatre, Dance & Dramaturgy at the University of Utrecht. Next to her work at Dansateliers she is a freelance journalist.
What are your favorite past-time activities?
I am a huge lover of dance and theatre and like to visit performances. Next to that I like to write about dance and theatre as well as different topics. I often go to museums, read a lot, enjoy endless tea-sessoins, games and fun with friends and family.
What is it you do at Dansateliers?
I am responsible for the pr and communication. I, for instance, take care of the publicity of small projects like the studiopresentations or bigger events like the Moving Futures Festival in Rotterdam.
What do you like about working at Dansateliers?
I am a huge dance-enthusiast and am very interested in the way young makers keep re-inventing contemporary dance. The activities of Dansateliers are going hand in hand with this personal interest. I see it as a huge privilege and joy to be working on and create visibility for all these projects.
What is typical about you?
I drink loads of tea, I am super passionate about my work, kind and enthusiastic!