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Robert Steijn NL

Robert Steijn (1958), based in amsterdam and mexico city as a choreographer, director, dramaturge, performer and writer.

In Vienna he founded together with frans poelstra the company united sorry they made work for theatres, galleries and the public space. their latest projects were the location event “the forest project” during Steirische Herbst Festival 2014, and the concertperformance “No nothing”( Vienna 2015).

He made two solo performances in the format of lecture performances, “facing the invisíble” about the death of his father (premiere Barcelona 2003) and “a reborn smoker, dweilling in the clouds of imagination" ( premiere san francisco 2010) ”, this is a dance solo testing the magic beliefs of himself and the audience based on shamanic strategies. Now he started to develop a snake dance and teaches this solo to others. This solo is called” shedding skins” Premiere nadaLokal Vienna, december 2016)

He likes to work in duet form with other choreographers from different backgrounds. He worked with choreographers as Latifa Labissi (Rennes), Anne Teresa de Keersemaeker (Rosas/Brussels), Maria Hassabi (New York), Georg Blaschke (Vienna) Christina Rizzo (Bologna)and Laura Rios (Mexico City). In theatre events he works with the choreographer Jessica Huber in Zürich. Lately he is investigating the intimacy of being human, and as a research he made a duet with the Mexican choreographer Ricardo Rubio, called “prelude on love” that premiered in Sao Paolo in november 2015. He made a duet with Angela Schubot, called “Brothers” that premiered in februari 2017 in Berlin. In Mexico he developed artist gatherings around the theme of how to deeal with the violence in society, called” facing the smell of death “ ( Mexico City, Guernavaca, Chihuahua). In 2017 he started a new project with Ricardo Rubio concerning saliva and the glands, called “loverhood “ and he is artist in resident in Ceprodac/Mexico City.

Within the field of visual art he worked with a.o. frans poelstra ( a.o. Lentosmuseum Linz, Fondation Cartier in Paris) and Christine Laquette ( pioneers in New York)

He teaches at theatre-art and dance academies: the SNDO in Amsterdam, p.a.r.t.s in Brussels, Apass in Brussels, Hzau in Berlin, Doch in Stockholm and sometimes during Impulstanz in Vienna.