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Sjoerd Vreugdenhil
CHOREOGRAPHER/TEACHER CONTEMPORARY DANCE

 

 

 Sjoerd Vreugdenhil

 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 Frankfurt.

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of Danshuis Limburg where he created Heerlijk Heerlen, and made a second version of Dismantling Sivak - a duet originally made for the Dance for Life Gala in Brussels. 2004 also saw the creation of Volle Melk Disneyfied for Dansgroep Krisztina de Chatel.

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.


 

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