Courtney May Robertson

Courtney May Robertson (Scotland, 1992) is a performer and maker based in Rotterdam. Upon graduating in 2013, she joined Club Guy & Roni’s Poetic Disasters Club and has since performed extensively across Europe in the work of Jan Martens, Connor Schumacher and Florentina Holzinger, amongst others. She began creating her own small-scale / DIY produced performances in 2015, and as of 2020 is an ‘artist in residence’ at ICK Artist Space in Amsterdam.

As a trained dancer Courtney’s work starts with the body, but spans various disciplines including video, generative art and writing. Recurring topics in her work revolve around a widely spread phenomenon she has defined as ‘the relentless desire to dominate’ – ranging from the micro; a patriarchal figure in the nuclear family, to the macro; totalitarian governments. 2020 marked a significant step in Courtney’s trajectory as a maker when she was awarded De Troffel Prijs – Festival Cement’s incentive prize for young makers – and nominated for the Roel Verniers Prijs – Het Theater Festival Belgium’s equivalent – for her first evening length solo performance THE WOMAN DESTROYED. In addition, the short solo she created prior, the pleasure of stepping off a horse when it’s moving at full speed, was selected for Aerowaves Twenty22.

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