Faculty, Instructional Staff and Collaborations
- Artistic director: Jeroen Fabius
- Teaching Staff & Tutor: Sher Doruff
- Tutor: Konstantina Georgelou
- Seminar Mentor: Alice Chauchat
- Seminar Mentor: Lina Issa
- Production manager: Velvet Leigh
Jeroen Fabius, artistic director and tutor of DAS Choreography since 2002, and a such member of the board of DAS Graduate School since 2016. He was head of department of the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) from 2000-2002, and has been teaching Dance History and Art and Society among other subjects since 1991 at SNDO. He is doing his PhD with the University of Utrecht (working title: Micropolitics of Choreographic Address: Closely watching moving bodies). He has been involved as an advisor in artistic projects of Lina Issa, Mette Ingwartsen, Aitana Cordero, Pere Faura, Keren Levi and Andrea Božić. He is member of the board of BAU, an organization/platform for the independent dance and performance scene of Amsterdam.
Sher Doruff, tutor of DAS Choreography, works in the visual, digital, and performance arts in a variety of capacities. For the past ten years, her work has been situated in the expanded field of artistic research practice as an artist, writer, tutor, mentor, and supervisor. Her research practice currently explores fabulation and fictive approaches to writing in and through artistic research. She currently mentors THIRD cycle/PhD artist researchers at the DAS Graduate School (Amsterdam University of the Arts) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design. She has been publishing numerous texts in academic and artistic contexts.
Konstantina Georgelou is an Amsterdam-based performing arts theorist, dramaturg and researcher. She teaches in the Department of Media and Culture at Utrecht University where she also received her PhD in 2011, and in DAS Theatre, while she collaborates with a number of theatres, dance production houses and Universities for the Arts in the Netherlands and abroad. Her research spans over the areas of dramaturgy, choreography, political philosophy and artistic research, inquiring ways to be, move and act together. She studies artistic, discursive and activist practices as articulations of the political, and researches in-practice collective modes of production in theory and in the arts. Her publications have appeared in several journals and books, such as with Performance Research Journal, Performance Paradigm, Maska, LADA, Routledge, Palgrave MacMillan; she co-authored The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance (Valiz, 2017) and co-edited the issue ‘On Names’ (Performance Research Journal, 2017). She has worked together with several artists including Zhana Ivanova, Danae Theodoridou, Janez Janša, Efrosini Protopapa, Mladen Alexiev, Katja Heitmann, Ingrid Berger Myhre and Apostolia Papadamaki. Konstantina considers her work across institutions in which both academic and artistic research takes place rigorously and often with suspicion towards one another, as a dramaturgical and political practice.
Alice Chauchat, seminar mentor of DAS Choreography, lives in Berlin and works as a choreographer, performer, teacher, editor and other activities related to choreography. She created performances in collaboration with a.o., Anne Juren, Frédéric Gies, Alix Eynaudi and performed with a.o. Jennifer Lacey, Juan Dominguez, Xavier le Roy, and Mårten Spångberg.
She has been working mostly in collaborative set-ups, developing numerous choreographic projects and platforms for knowledge production and exchange in the performing arts (everybodystoolbox.net, special issue, praticable, ...) as well as regularly teaching and leading research processes (New York, Stockholm, Berlin, Vienna, Giessen, San Sebastian, Zagreb etc).
In 2010-2012 she was in the artistic co-direction for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, a centre for artistic research in the Parisian suburbs.
Collaboration (and so negotiating distance, alterity, de-centering etc.) has been a recurrent reality and growing concern of her work. Over the last few years, her choreographic practice has focussed more and more directly on processing the knowledge and complexity of collaborative practices into aesthetic setups.
Lina Issa, seminar mentor in DAS Choreography, is an artist living and working in Amsterdam. Her artistic practice revolves around issues of home, otherness, empathy, embodied memory, and the performativity of (cultural) identity. In her work, she questions the ways we construct and (re)enact our subjectivities. This process carries a tension between the personal and the universal and often takes the form of a social event – a performance or a happening. It also includes video and writing. In the past six years, she has started designing and implementing critical reflection and change processes within different organisations, through artistic forms and interventions.
Lina Issa is a graduate of the Graphic Design Program at the American University of Beirut (2002). She left Lebanon for a postgraduate in Fine Arts at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2003-2005) and earned a Master in Visual Arts from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2006).
Recent projects include: Marked Bodies | Short Film, Amsterdam (2018), A Ticket to Atlantis | Location theater, Beirut, Essen, The Hague (2016-2017), How? Different! On cultural diversity and empathy in organizations| Interventions at the VUmc and the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (2011-ongoing), What if, if I take your place?| Performance, Stockholm, Amsterdam (2010-ongoing), Where we are not| Performance, Amsterdam, Beirut, Paris, London (2006-2009), Resonant Bodies, Voices, Memories | Publication and video screenings, Rotterdam (2008).
velvet leigh is the Production Manager of DAS Choreography. She is in charge both of the administrative support of the educational activities of the program as well as the production support for the student projects of DAS Choreography. She is involved in planning of residencies and seminars, supporting the selection procedure, and financial administration of the program.
Overview of guest artists and lecturers
Matteo Fargion, João Fiadeiro, Nicoline van Harskamp, Tehching Hsieh, Janez Jansa, Jennifer Lacey, Benoit Lachambre, André Lepecki, Tine Melzer, Aernout Mik, Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton, Alexandra Pirici, Maria La Ribot, Irit Rogoff, Norberto Llopis Segarra, Iris van der Tuin, Samuel Vriezen, Adva Zakai, Adam Zaretsky.
Overview of mentors
Anke Bangma, Andrea Božic, Daniel Blaga, Guy Cools, Igor Dobrićic, Markus Dross, Jeanine Durning, Nadia Ellis, Bracha Ettinger, Phillip Gehmacher, Konstantina Georghelou, Mia Habibi, Jack Halberstam, Myriam van Imschoot, Elisabeth LeCompte, Bruno Listopad, Bettina Masuch, Lilia Mestre, Bojana Mladenović, Jeroen Peeters, Susan Rethorst, Victoria Reyes Perez, Felix Ritter, Peter Stamer, Robert Steijn, Dianae Theodoridou, Litó Walkey.
Collaborations with other institutions
DAS Choreography has collaborated with Veem House for Performance, Frascati WG, Brakke Grond, Spring Festival in Utrecht, the masters of choreography Dance Unlimited Arnhem, Laban London, and various MA programmes in the Netherlands (the Piet Zwart Institute, DAS Theatre and the HKU among others).
There have also been collaborations with HaRaKa, the SEE Foundation, 2 B Continued Festival in Cairo, Egypt, InTransit Festival in Berlin, Bains Connective and APT, Brussels, CNDC, Angers, France and HZT, Berlin.