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Frauke Mariën (°1982, Antwerp, Belgium) studied contemporary dance at PARTS, Brussels (2000-2004), after which she went to the Conservatory in Antwerp to study classical oboe and violin (2004-2007). Since then she’s working freelance as a dancer / musician / choreographer.
As a dancer she’s strongly connected to Cie Mossoux-Bonté (Khoom, Les corps magnétiques) and Ann Van den Broek / WArd/waRD (FF + Rew 60:00, The Co(te)lette Film, Q61), with whom she worked for some years already and continues to collaborate. Other choreographers and companies she’s working for are amongst others Maria Clara Villa Lobos, Barre Weldaad, Keskie.e.space and Charleroi-danses for whom she does the tour of Kiss & Cry by Michèle-Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael. For some years Frauke is also into ‘aerial dancing’ for which she’s regularly working with the french companies In-Senso and 9.81.
As a choreographer Frauke co-created Kleefkruid for Artforum (2010), and, as a part of the Rabbit Hole Collective, the performance Hopscotch (2006). She also worked as a movement coach for various groups: Musica/Festival van Vlaanderen, Tutti fratelli, de Eilandverkaveling, dance company Lune and Dansstudio Arabesque.
Next to dance music is very important for Frauke. Next to her classical studies of oboe and violin she also takes classes of jazz violin and singing. She performed in various music-theatre productions, amongst others as part of De Bovenkamer, and she’s playing in various orchestra’s and smaller music groups. The link between music and dance is also very present in the workshops she’s giving for different organizations : at the conservatory in Joensuu / Finland, for Jeunesse Musicale, Musica, Rosas / Dancing Kids, …