After many years of dancing and creating movement material, I started to investigate and define my movement language and choreographic signature. A kick of inspiration came during my time in Israel, observing and learning from great companies such as Sharon Eyal, Batsheva, The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. In their movement, I enjoyed the combination of both very soft and hard movements that were simultaneously very transparent in what they wished to express. This led me to the search for movement that stands on its own, is raw, yet carries stories. On the other hand, my urban/contemporary education gave me the contrast to shape the raw, expressive shapes and forms of dance I love.

Art is a poetic translation of life. I feel blessed with the urge to keep on dancing and creating. To visit a dimension that only I can see and yet can connect to others. Dance is a universal language, everyone understands non-verbal movement. Whether it is for an artistic solo or a grand commercial. The right design of movement is very important for the feeling, for the message of the project. I love it that I keep learning every day how to articulate movement and what it tells me at that very moment. It is an incredible way of asking indirectly: “I feel/see this, do you?” With an audience responding: “I don’t know why, but I understand. In the way I feel”.

In my collaborations I look for freedom and vulnerability. I believe the magic happens when a team is inviting risk, guided by passion, in a process with a positive work environment for dancers and creatives. I’d rather choose a project blindly led by gut feeling and passion, then guided from intellect, usual ways and habits.

The inspiration for me comes also from outside the dance world; spoken word, film, sounds and stories bring a lot to my choreographies. In the future I wish to use them even more and deepen myself in all disciplines for dance film. Camera, styling, light, sound, music, art ….. should all be able to support what we want to share: a story translated by movement.

Interview with Emma

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Choreographic resumé

Dancer | choreographer | movement director | director

Residence: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch
Born: Ukkel, Belgium
Height: 174 cm

Film – Directing

Lucid dreaming (Short film, 2022, The Netherlands)

The friendship squad (Short film, 2021, The Netherlands)

Dancing Alive (Music video, 2021, Israel)

Afstand (ISH rooftop session, 2021, The Netherlands)

Imaani (Short film, 2020, The Netherlands)

Wolves, Lucien (Art film, 2020, The Netherlands)

Lambs (Short film, 2019, Italy)

Starring (Video, 2018, The Netherlands)

A Flood Remains (short film, 2017, The Netherlands)

Sofie (Tribute video, 2018, the Netherlands)

I’ll Be Changed By Then (Short film, 2017, The Netherlands)

Film – Movement directing

Bijenkorf 150 jaar (Commercial, 2020, The Netherlands)

St Oliver Fragrance (Commercial, 2020, South-Africa)

Canal Perfume (Commercial, 2019, The Netherlands)

Film – Choreography | movement directing

Sisters (Short film, 2018, The Netherlands)

BE (Commercial, 2022, Germany)

Lidl San ar Livet (Commercial, 2022, Sweden)

Unlimiteds T-mobile (Commercial, 2020, The Netherlands)

Coca Cola global (Commercial, 2020, Spain)

Nectar (Fashion film, 2019, The Netherlands)

Taska Black – Losing Our Minds (Music video, 2018, The Netherlands)

Numb (Dance video, 2019, The Netherlands)

Re:set – Animistic beliefs (Music video, 2019, The Netherlands)

Coyoco – Hell No (Music video, 2018, The Netherlands)

Factor B – White Rooms (Music video, 2018, The Netherlands)

Bloed, zweet en tranen (Feature film, 2015, The Netherlands)

Film – Dancer

Estrella Damm (Commercial 2020, Spain)

Coca Cola global (Commercial, 2020, Spain)

Wolves (Art film, 2020, Sweden)

Yseult – Noir (Music video, 2019, The Netherlands)

Nectar (Fashion film, 2019, The Netherlands)

Starring (Video, 2018, The Netherlands)

Taska Black – Losing our minds (Music video, 2018, The Netherlands)

Factor B – White rooms (Music video, 2018, The Netherlands)

Terence – Leef (Music video, 2018, The Netherlands)

Daphnes & Chloë (Short film, 2017, The Netherlands)

Theatre – Choreographer (+ dancer)

Fiftyone/fourtynine (RIDCC 2021, The Netherlands)

After dark (Sally 2021, The Netherlands)

Stearin (Tanzwerk101, 2021, Switzerland)

Wolves (Vondelpark festival, Kurt Jooss Preis 2019, The Netherlands)

Arbakkinn (Battery Dance Festival 2019, Vibenights Paradiso 2018, New York)

As Far As Thin Air (Schie theater 2019, DINO residence, the Netherlands)

100 jaren leven (for Public Library Amsterdam, 2019, The Netherlands)

Stumbling Folks (Amsterdam Theatre, 2019, The Netherlands)

River with me (AmsterDans 2018, Dansmakers 2018, The Netherlands)

Done (Dansmakers, 2018, The Netherlands)

Puccini for two (National Opera day, 2018, The Netherlands)

Quinten, solo (10 various festivals) (2018-2020, Italy)

Lucia Marthas Institute for Arts End Performance (2018, The Netherlands)

Sisters live performance (Eindhoven film festival, 2018, The Netherlands)

Let Me Under (TedTalks Amsterdam 2017, The Netherlands)

Various pieces created in dance academy (2011-2015)


The Netherlands (selection)
Amsterdam Dance Centre
Utrecht Dance Academy
University of Amsterdam
Danskamp 2018
Creating Art Productions Den Haag
MBO Dance Sittard
Amsterdamse Hogeschool van de Kunsten – UC/JMC
Henny Jurriëns Foundation contemporary classes 2020
Henny Jurriëns Foundation autumn intensive 2020
Kamata Jazz / Kamata 3 for 1
Jesse Grossen Studio
Danse Erquelinnes
Equilibrio Dinamico – 2 day intensive 2018
Mediterraneo Dance Festival 2019
Dino Carano Teacher Workshop Napels 2019
The challenge Napels 2019
Chance to dance / Studio 5
Festival Danca Lisbon
Helen’s Dance and XL.
United States of America
Battery Dance New York 2019
World of dance Lviv 2019
Atmosphere Kiev 2019
Nadine Bommer Intensive 2019 Tel Aviv
The Stage Moscow 3 day intensive
Samson competition St Petersburg 2020
Tanzwerk101 summer edition Zürich 2020

Company work 2015-2017
Fresco dance company (IS)
Emanuel Gat – Biennale Venice 2015 (IT)
Training with Batsheva Dance Company (IS)
Project Sally / Jamie de Groot (NL)
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (IS)
Liran Michaeli (IS)

Amsterdam School of Arts Academy
Codarts School of Arts Rotterdam
Film working field

Other training
Emanuel Gat – Montpellier dance festival 2017
Batsheva Winter Intensive 2017
Hofesch Shechter Intensives 2017
Hasadnah Workshop Israel 2017
Batsheva Winter Intensive 2018
Batsheva Summer Intensive 2018
Batsheva Spring Intensive 2019
Batsheva Winter Intensive 2019
Gaga summer intensive 2020

NIKE worldwide
ELLE magazine December issue 2018
AMFI Amsterdam (Commercial, 2020)
Seven Eleven Australia

Awards (selection)
AmsterDans Best Choreography 2018 (River With Me)
Audience Awards Film Festival Bucharest Roemenia 2018 (A Flood Remains)
Best Music Video June 2018 (White Rooms, Underground LA)
Kurt Jooss Choreographic Price Germany Audience Awards 2019 (Wolves)
Camalot Price 2019 (Canal Fragrance, Commercial)
Sisters – over 30 awards, among others:
o Audience awards (AHK, Cinedans, Shortcutz)
o Audience Award, La Guarimba, international competition, 2019
o 2nd Prize, CILECT Prize 2019, international competition, 2019
o Youth Jury Award, Minikino Film Week, international competition 2019
o Best Experimental Film, Minikino Film Week, international competition 2019
o Beste film of the festival, Tegenstroom Film Festival, 2019

Emerging choreographer 2020 – Springboard Danse Montreal

2015 – 2017 See company work
2014 – 2015 MASA Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company Internship
2011 – 2015 Urban/contemporary dance & music theatre, Amsterdam School of Arts (AHK)
2009 – 2011 5 o´clock dance pre-education School of Arts Amsterdam

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Additional skills
Film editing/grading