Graduates of the SNDO, including Sasha Waltz, Ivana Müller, Nicole Beutler, Martin Nachbar, Florentina Holzinger, Alma Söderberg and Jeremy Wade among many others work internationally as choreographers. Others develop their work in performative contexts of visual arts: Michelle Rizzo, Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea, Simon Asencion & Adriano Wilfer Jensen (Galerie) or Samira Elagoz.
Others dedicate themselves to organizing and initiating dance centers or festivals and events, such as: Zodiak (Helsinki), Francesc Casadesus at the Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), Gisela Müller at the Tanzfabriek (Berlin), Jacuzzi in Amsterdam – a growing artists-led space, initiated by Noha Ramadan, Tomislav Feler, Eva Susova, Michele Rizzo and Setareh Fatehi Irani, ArtBeat Amsterdam led by Melvin Fraenk or MOHA, an initiative of Alice Pons and Olivia Reschovsky.
Many graduates get awards for their work.
Pere Faura (ITS Choreography Award 2006), Chris Leuenberger (ITS Choreography Award 2007 and the Swan (Dutch Dance Prize, 2011), Leena Keizer (ITS Choreography Award 2008), Alma Söderberg (ITS Choreography Award 2009) , William Collins (ITS Choreography Award 2010), Nicole Beutler (VSCD Mime Prize), Simon Tanguy (ITS Choreography Award 2011), Florentina Holzinger (Prix Jardin Europe 2012, De Châtel Award 2018), Samira Elagoz (Bloom Awards 2014, Andre Veltkamp beurs 2016, Prix Jardin Europe 2017, Total Theatre Awards Emerging category Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Spirit of CUFF award Chicago Underground Film Festival 2018), Lester Arias (Moving Forward Festival Young Dance Makers Audience Award 2016, TAZ Oostende Jongtheaterschrijfprijs 2017, Rotterdam Opera Days 2018), Jija Sohn and Sigrid Stigsdatter Mathiassen (Moving Forward 2017, 2018), etc.
Graduates participate regularly in different festivals in the Netherlands (Springdance Utrecht, Something Raw Amsterdam, ITS festival Amsterdam, Julidans Amsterdam) and many festivals in the rest of the world. Alumni produce their work in collaboration with: Theater Frascati, Dansmakers, Veem House for Performance, Impulstanz and [8:tension] Vienna, Buda Kortrijk, PACT Zollverein Essen, Tanz in August Berlin, Zodiak Helsinki and La Caldera Barcelona to name a few.
A number of students pursue their education on graduate level, following Masters and PhD studies at DAS Graduate School or in recent years at the Dutch Art Institute and Sandberg programmes in the Netherlands or Concordia University in Montreal.
Many former students continue working as performers with choreographers/companies as: Meg Stuart, Jérôme Bel, Boris Chamatz, Rosas/Anne Teresa de Keersmaker, Vera Mantero, Sasha Waltz, Fura dels Baus and Les Ballets C de la B / Alain Platel.
Current and former students work with a wide variety of media and interests, and while some have ventured into film and video, others are engaged with writing and dance criticism. Some shape the world and field through activist work. Others work with disabled artists, make site-specific work, work with children or adolescents, develop an interest in fashion shows, work with performance and theatre companies, or work as ‘dramaturge of space’ combining architecture with dance.
A significant number of teaching staff on the ATD’s Modern Dance Theatre, Urban Contemporary and Dance Teachers programmes are SNDO alumni. They include Jeroen Fabius, artistic director of the DAS Choreography MA programme.
For the past forty years the school has been an important source of artists and practitioners who contribute to the dance and performance fields. As the so-called ‘contemporary dance’ field expands and critically examines its scope and limitations – its own inclusiveness and exclusiveness – the SNDO students and alumni continue to shape the questions and bring relevant new insights into the field.
Charlie Laban Trier
Laura van Bergem
Juan Pablo Cámara
Sigrid Stigsdatter Mathiassen
Andrea Zavala Folache
Ida Katinka Fridan Pedersen