Team

Dansateliers exists of a small team. Per project we work with different freelancers, technicians, dramaturges and production leaders. Meet our (core) team members here.

Kristin de Groot

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 where we arrived to with the organization at this point in time. 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 Lody, who were with me as a team in a crucial period of reorganization. We made the right choices and were able to give the organization a boost of visibility. We are (and have been) collaborating with great and inspiring artists and are acknowledged 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

kristin@dansateliers.nl

Image: Paul Sixta
Johan Cuperus

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.

Johan Cuperus
johan@dansateliers.nl

Image: Paul Sixta
Carolien Verduijn

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 all pr and communication. I guide campaigns for touring productions, but am also involved with our inhouse-activities, such as our weekly movement classes, studio presentations and the annual One Night’s Dance. I try to look to Dansateliers with the eyes of a visitor, and work from that perspective.’

What do you like about working at Dansateliers?

‘It is incredibly special to work at a place that offers so much space to experiment and try out. Places where this is possible are rare. I work together with so many smart makers and colleagues that all have their own original ideas about how we can approach the practice of dance and society. This is a very inspiring working environment. I see it as a huge privilege to communicate about that.’

What is typical about you?

I drink loads of tea, I am super passionate about my work, kind and enthusiastic!

Image: Paul Sixta
Annejon Okhuijsen

Annejon Okhuijsen works on a freelance basis as creative producer for Ingrid Berger Myhre and helps us out at the office if needed. As a freelancer she also works on other projects within the cultural field. Next to this, she studies part time Contemporary Theatre, Dance & Dramaturgy at Utrecht University.

What is it you do at Dansateliers?
‘I am mainly busy with planning and organization at Dansateliers. Currently I am the creative producer of Ingrid Berger Myhre. This means I take care of the financial and productional aspects of the artistic process. For example, I keep an eye on the budget, stay in touch with theatres and make the tour schedules. I also make sure that we keep in mind the long-term artistic and personal development in making decisions for the future.’

What do you like at working for Dansateliers?
‘It is very nice to share my love for contemporary dance with an enthusiastic team that is committed to the development of young makers. I really appreciate that my personal development is taken seriously at Dansateliers. I’m getting a lot of space to develop myself as a professional and there is always someone I can turn to for a bit of sparring.’

What do you do next to your work for Dansateliers?
‘As a freelancer, I am involved with several other projects in the cultural field. When I’m not working, I love to watch performances.  Next to that, you can find me sailing on the water as soon as I can. I also love the mountains and regularly visit them with a snowboard or hiking boots, depending on the season. When closer to home, I like to get away with my bike or scooter, and get an ice cream somewhere. Oh, and I’m also studying part time Contemporary Theatre, Dance & Dramaturgy at Utrecht University.

Edwin van Steenbergen

Edwin van Steenbergen is a freelance light designer and technician. He worked with companies like 2MoveDanceCompany, Panama Pictures, Conny Janssen danst, Internationaal Danstheater, Isabelle Bernaert, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Living Dance Studio. Part of his daily activities is the guidance and teaching of Codarts dance- and circus students and the support of Dansateliers and its choreographers.

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 do you do next to your work for Dansateliers?

‘I like to work in my garden. I have chickens, lettuce and strawberries. Next to that, I regularly worok for the dance- and circus department of Codarts and a supervising technician. And I work as a technician for many companies and makers, such as Connor Schumacher, Ivgi & Greben, Liat Waysbort, Marta & Kim and Ingrid Berger Myhre. This is also partly via Dansateliers.’

Paul Sixta

For many years, freelance filmmaker Paul Sixta has been making all trailers, teasers and video registrations for the productions of Dansateliers. He has the gift to make people feel at ease in front of his camera and is able to make intriguing teasers of a work in progress. He also filmed the video diaries of choreographer Ingrid Berger Myhre for the project Dancing Museums II.

What do you enjoy about working for Dansateliers?

‘At Dansateliers, people work with passion. Everyone goes to great lengths to put something down well. The research and development of dance artists is always central. That keeps things fresh and innovative.’

What else do you do, besides your work for Dansateliers?

‘I am a photographer and video artist. I also work regularly with dance artists on dance/video projects.’

With his films and video installations, Paul can be seen worldwide at festivals and in museums and has won several prizes. For more information and examples of Paul’s own work, visit his website www.paulsixta.com.

[your name here]

Do you have what it takes?

Dansateliers is continuously looking for interns. We are an internationally oriented organization, however we work with a lot of Dutch partners, so Dutch language is required.

Are you looking for an fun, informative internship? Don’t hessitate to apply. For more info click here.

Kristin de Groot

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 where we arrived to with the organization at this point in time. 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 Lody, who were with me as a team in a crucial period of reorganization. We made the right choices and were able to give the organization a boost of visibility. We are (and have been) collaborating with great and inspiring artists and are acknowledged 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

kristin@dansateliers.nl

Image: Paul Sixta
Johan Cuperus

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.

Johan Cuperus
johan@dansateliers.nl

Image: Paul Sixta
Carolien Verduijn

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 all pr and communication. I guide campaigns for touring productions, but am also involved with our inhouse-activities, such as our weekly movement classes, studio presentations and the annual One Night’s Dance. I try to look to Dansateliers with the eyes of a visitor, and work from that perspective.’

What do you like about working at Dansateliers?

‘It is incredibly special to work at a place that offers so much space to experiment and try out. Places where this is possible are rare. I work together with so many smart makers and colleagues that all have their own original ideas about how we can approach the practice of dance and society. This is a very inspiring working environment. I see it as a huge privilege to communicate about that.’

What is typical about you?

I drink loads of tea, I am super passionate about my work, kind and enthusiastic!

Image: Paul Sixta
Annejon Okhuijsen

Annejon Okhuijsen works on a freelance basis as creative producer for Ingrid Berger Myhre and helps us out at the office if needed. As a freelancer she also works on other projects within the cultural field. Next to this, she studies part time Contemporary Theatre, Dance & Dramaturgy at Utrecht University.

What is it you do at Dansateliers?
‘I am mainly busy with planning and organization at Dansateliers. Currently I am the creative producer of Ingrid Berger Myhre. This means I take care of the financial and productional aspects of the artistic process. For example, I keep an eye on the budget, stay in touch with theatres and make the tour schedules. I also make sure that we keep in mind the long-term artistic and personal development in making decisions for the future.’

What do you like at working for Dansateliers?
‘It is very nice to share my love for contemporary dance with an enthusiastic team that is committed to the development of young makers. I really appreciate that my personal development is taken seriously at Dansateliers. I’m getting a lot of space to develop myself as a professional and there is always someone I can turn to for a bit of sparring.’

What do you do next to your work for Dansateliers?
‘As a freelancer, I am involved with several other projects in the cultural field. When I’m not working, I love to watch performances.  Next to that, you can find me sailing on the water as soon as I can. I also love the mountains and regularly visit them with a snowboard or hiking boots, depending on the season. When closer to home, I like to get away with my bike or scooter, and get an ice cream somewhere. Oh, and I’m also studying part time Contemporary Theatre, Dance & Dramaturgy at Utrecht University.

Edwin van Steenbergen

Edwin van Steenbergen is a freelance light designer and technician. He worked with companies like 2MoveDanceCompany, Panama Pictures, Conny Janssen danst, Internationaal Danstheater, Isabelle Bernaert, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Living Dance Studio. Part of his daily activities is the guidance and teaching of Codarts dance- and circus students and the support of Dansateliers and its choreographers.

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 do you do next to your work for Dansateliers?

‘I like to work in my garden. I have chickens, lettuce and strawberries. Next to that, I regularly worok for the dance- and circus department of Codarts and a supervising technician. And I work as a technician for many companies and makers, such as Connor Schumacher, Ivgi & Greben, Liat Waysbort, Marta & Kim and Ingrid Berger Myhre. This is also partly via Dansateliers.’

Paul Sixta

For many years, freelance filmmaker Paul Sixta has been making all trailers, teasers and video registrations for the productions of Dansateliers. He has the gift to make people feel at ease in front of his camera and is able to make intriguing teasers of a work in progress. He also filmed the video diaries of choreographer Ingrid Berger Myhre for the project Dancing Museums II.

What do you enjoy about working for Dansateliers?

‘At Dansateliers, people work with passion. Everyone goes to great lengths to put something down well. The research and development of dance artists is always central. That keeps things fresh and innovative.’

What else do you do, besides your work for Dansateliers?

‘I am a photographer and video artist. I also work regularly with dance artists on dance/video projects.’

With his films and video installations, Paul can be seen worldwide at festivals and in museums and has won several prizes. For more information and examples of Paul’s own work, visit his website www.paulsixta.com.

[your name here]

Do you have what it takes?

Dansateliers is continuously looking for interns. We are an internationally oriented organization, however we work with a lot of Dutch partners, so Dutch language is required.

Are you looking for an fun, informative internship? Don’t hessitate to apply. For more info click here.