Building a dancehouse Atelier 5 · Panel 2 · The present and the cooperation

Full video of the second panel of the Atelier “Building a Dancehouse” that took place in Bassano del Grappa. On 20th August the meeting continued with Bettina Masuch, Kristin de Groot, Suzy Blok and Hooman Sharifi. The moderator was Dany Mitzman. The new directors talked about their present inspirations, the way they cooperate and build the future.

Bettina Masuch · Director · tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf
She worked as a dramaturge among others at the Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin, with choreographer Meg Stuart and as Dance Curator at the theatre Hebbel amb Ufer in Berlin. After holding managing positions at festival Tanz im August in Berlin and Springdance in Utrech, she is since 2014 the Director of tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf.

Kristin de Groot · Artistic and General Director · Dansataliers Rotterdam
She has had a career as a freelance dance artist and worked with, amongst others, Michele Anne De Mey, Michael Laub, Beppie Blankert, Ping Chong and Piet Rogie. In 1996 she started working as a teacher/mentor at the ArtEZ School of Dance, where she took on the position of leader of the Makers program in 2005 and became Head of the BA Programme in 2010. In 2011 she took on the position of the Artistic and General Director of Dansateliers, a dancehouse for development in Rotterdam.

Suzy Blok · Artistic and General Director · Dansmakers Amsterdam
She is the Artistic and General Director of Dansmakers Amsterdam and co-founder of the Moving Futures festivals and network. She was choreographer and Artistic Director of Blok&Steel Company and Artistic Director of the festival I Like To Watch Too. She is a free-lance choreographer for stage and film productions, artistic advisor for emerging artists and board member of several artistic foundations and founder Board Member of Cinedans international dance-film festival.

Hooman Sharifi · Artistic Director/CEO · Carte Blanche
Founder, choreographer and Artistic Director of Impure Company, he was born in Teheran and went to Norway at the age of 14. His background ranges from hip-hop and street dance to a bachelor from the choreographer education at Oslo National Academy of Arts. With his own dance company he has made close to 30 dance performances. His movement language is usually physically challenging and powerful with works exploring feelings and structures hidden behind hierarchy, violence, power and abuse.

Dany Mitzman · Freelance reporter · BBC and Deutsche Welle
She is a British freelance reporter who has been based in Bologna, Italy since 1998. She makes radio features for the BBC and Deutsche Welle’s English language service and writes for BBC Online Magazine. She covers social, cultural and human interest stories.