Faculty, Instructional Staff and Collaborations

  • Artistic director: Jeroen Fabius
  • Production manager: Velvet Leigh
Teaching staff: Sher Doruff

Fabius was head of department of the School for New Dance Development from 2000-2002, and has been teaching Dance History and Art and Society among other subjects since 1991 at SNDO. He lectures and teaches at various places inside the Academy of Theatre and Dance as well as at the University of Amsterdam. 

He is currently Research Fellow with the Art Theory and Research and Art Practice and Development Research Group, Amsterdam University of the Arts and is doing his PhD with the University of Utrecht (working title: Closely watching moving bodies, minimal dance as exercise of perceptual learning and attunement). He has been involved as advisor in artistic projects of Lina Issa, Mette Ingwartsen, Aitana Cordero, Pere Faura, Keren Levi and Andrea Božić.  

Sher Doruff received her PhD from University of the Arts London/Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She teaches in the Master of Artistic Research programmes at the University of Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Art/Royal Conservatoty in the Hague. She supervises practice-based PhD candidates at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Her doctoral research explored the role of collaborative interplay and creative processes in networked performance practice. She has published numerous papers and regularly lectures and presents in academic and contemporary art contexts. 

Thijs Witty is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, under the supervision of prof. dr. Mireille Rosello and dr. Marie-Aude Baronian. He is affiliated with the departments of Comparative Literature and Media Studies.

The object of his research is the essay genre, and his guiding hypothesis that this protean form can be most precise in areas where precision is impossible. This paradox brings together calculation and indecision, weighing and dissolution, scepticism and speculation: keywords for the precarious experience of uncertainty.

Thijs also teaches at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) and the Master Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

Lina Issa 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).


Alice Chauchat 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.

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.