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As  an independent dance dramaturge, text writer and international project developer I’m a forceful and committed ally in the realisation of artistic projects. Together with Vincent Wijlhuizen and Ieme Soes I’ve initiated What You See Festival, I’m artistic associate of Bitter Sweet Dance and advisor of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. I reflect on the activities of the European Dancehouse Network and am part of Springback Magazine and am experienced in artistic work, dance dramaturgy, moderation, producing, budgeting, writing, project development and management.

My interests are broad, but I have a soft spot for the representation of gender, age and cultural diversity, cultural structures that influence our thinking and tools that stretch the conventions of what is considered normal. I’m always interested in new collaborations so contact me via


Fremdgehen (literally meaning: going into foreign parts, walking astray or in a strange way, but also used to the description of having a side affair) of Sabine Zahn comprises four choreographic duets each made together with an unknown companion in the area around Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin. Each of the four performers invited their guest to subtly shift their viewpoints on the city of Berlin through movement and physical communication. Fremdgehen tested the amount of playfulness the daily life of this neighbourhood allowed.Fremdgehen took place in June and August 2019 and I was involved as production manager.

“This is one thing your performance left me feeling: The city is not just a place to pass through. But a place to be in. And a place to be with”- Fremdgehen visitor 

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AUSUFERN is the name of a brand new interdisciplinary series of events run by Uferstudios in Berlin and means exactly that: to go beyond one’s own limitations and beyond usual sites of artistic production presenting and initiating art projects that reach into the public realm. These events particularly look to create a dialogue within the neighbourhood and seek to understand the realities of the neighborhood of Wedding, Berlin. Choreography is not only understood as staging, but also as social practice- a multiple and contradictory mobilisation of individual bodies which in turn brings about “communities in development”.

Entrance for the performance is free. In 2017, AUSUFERN takes place from 1-4 June, 1-4 July, 1-4 August, 1-4 September and 1-4 October.

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photo: David Dollman
The taiga, the major forest that stretches in a belt around the entire northern hemisphere, is a place of mystery. A place beyond our immediate comprehension. Deep down in the dark and humid forest, in its waste areas and inhospitable terrain, the world seems a little different. You seem a little different. Senses open up, instincts awaken, the familiar becomes the unfamiliar and vice versa.

In the trilogy KAZAK the Norwegian theatre collective NONcompany considers the enormity of the taiga as the basis of our roots and claims that natural habitat is more important to people’s sense of belonging than nationality, social class and culture.

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The older person is not frail, except at certain crucial and often personal moments.’
Kim Putters, director Dutch Institute for Social Research (SCP) at the opening of Act Your Age.

‘We are more aged by culture than by chromosomes.’
Ross Jennings, head of the Women, Ageing and Media Research Centre at the University of Gloucestershire in Rock On:Women, ageing and popular music.

‘From a biological perspective, we are meant to love children and we are not meant to love older people. We don’t want to be confronted with the face of old-age.’
Rudi Westendorp, director Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing in I am my body.

‘By doing nothing and making use of Kairos (durational, dynamic, heterogeneous) time instead of Chronos (economic) time the rest brain is activated, which is necessary to stay healthy.’
Joke Hermsen, writer and philosopher in Growing Up Mindfully, Growing Old Actively 

‘Be Bitter Chocolate.’ Marjan Berk, writer in Ageing and Practice

Read a former entry of mine about the research week in 2012.
More info on Act Your Age.

Picture: Vincent Wijlhuizen

‘Moisturizing’. This is what former porn star from the seventies and currently 76 years old Georgina Spelvin (check out her appearance in a Massive Attack video here) stated as her motto in life. The witty skype conversation with this grande dame of porn was part of the research week Act Your Age during the Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Days) in October in Maastricht. Read the rest of this entry »