Sjoerd Vreugenhil was born in Kisenge,
Zaire, in 1971. He later moved to the Netherlands where he studied classical
ballet at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at the Rotterdam Dance
Academy, graduating In 1988. He began his professional dance career with
Introdans in Arnhem and later joined Scapino Ballet In Rotterdam. As a
soloist he danced with Zurich Ballet, and for six years with Ballett
He entered the Netherlands' choreographic scene with two short pieces he
created for Ballett Frankfurt - Fat Peggy's Sober Property and The Sisters
You - both shown at the Cadance Festival in 2002.
His talent for combining dance, theatre, and design was immediately
recognised and Fat Peggy's Sober Property was selected for the Nederlandse
Dansdagen as one of the highlights of 2002/2003. It was also chosen by the
Vereninging van Vlakke VloerTtheaters to join the Danspassies tour - a
program to promote talented new choreographers.
Vreugdenhil's second Korzo production Ferocious Felicity (2004) was also
selected for the Nederlands Dansdagen with the festival's selection
committee writing: "…With Ferocious Felicity, Vreugdenhil convincingly
demonstrates that he is steadfastly developing his own signature and
movement vocabulary…". The piece was also presented at the Springdance
Festival in Utrecht and toured throughout Germany.
Aside from his choreographic work, Vreugdenhil completed a two year
architecture course at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam which greatly
influenced his concept of stage image.
In 2004 Vreugdenhil was appointed House Choreographer of Danshuis Limburg
where he created Heerlijk Heerlen, and made a second version of Dismantling
Sivak - a duet originally made for the Dance for Life Gala in Brussels. 2004
also saw the creation of Volle Melk Disneyfied for Dansgroep Krisztina de
In 2005 Vreugdenhil created a new piece for the Staatsoper unter den Linden,
Berlin - Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence, written by Jonathan Safran
Foer, and later that year made his third Korzo production Ironing Madonna
which created a huge stir in the Netherlands' dance scene.
In 2006 Scapino Ballet presented Vreugdenhil's duet Dismantling Sivak and
his dance installation Purple Silence premiered with the Berliner
Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Other creations that year
Included 10 Gedachten van Denkprocessen for Fonty's Academy, Tilburg, and
the choreography for Croesus at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden Germany. 2006
also saw Fat Peggy's Sober Property touring Israel.
In 2007 Vreugdenhil premiered The Honest Poverty of Past and he also made
the choreography for the musical HAIR which went on to tour over 160 dates
in the Netherlands and Belgium.
In 2008 a production based on Allen Ginsberg's HOWL with choreography by
Vreugdenhil premiered at the Theaterschool Amsterdam. Vreugdenhil also
co-direct HIRST with Mauricio de Oliveira in San Paulo, Brazil, and his work
Tuin premiered at the Cadance/ Crossing Border Festival.
Dance Works Rotterdam, where Vreugdenhil has worked as both a choreographer
and a teacher, has commissioned a new creation for 2008/09, and other future
commissions could include co-directing Miss Julie from Strindberg at The
Royal Theatre, Den Haag in 2009/2010, We should be dead premiered in 2010 at
korzo5HOOG in May. The second part of We should be dead premiered in
September '10 for Dansgroep Amsterdam. And at Oct 2010 his installation
Darlings, We should be dead was shown at the Nederlandse Dansdagen.