anouk van dijk

'Dancers are always balancing on the edge of success and failure. This vulnerability is also a strength and, as a creator, I want to show that area of tension. In dance you are constantly battling with glamour. What you see is not usually what it feels like, and there is tension between the artificial and the natural, and the cerebral and the animal. It is all about someone who is at odds, yet in harmony, with themselves. Someone who is trying to stand their ground, both literally and figuratively. This is what makes dance, in my view, more theatrical and exciting than any other art form.'
Anouk van Dijk

Anouk van Dijk (1965, Velp) is choreographer, artistic director and dancer. She also developed during her career the movement system Countertechnique. After graduating from the Rotterdam Dance Academy in 1985, she performed with several groups in the Netherlands and abroad such as Werkcentrum Dans, the Nieuwe Dansgroep, the Rotterdamse Dansgroep and Amanda Miller's Pretty Ugly Dance Company. In 1998 she founded her own company anoukvandijk dc. After her appointment in 2012 as artistic director of Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia, the company was closed. In 2012 she was awarded the Golden Swan Award by the Minister of Culture for her contribution to Dutch dance.