We are all audience members, enjoying dance from our specific point of view. So let us talk about dance and its qualities! What kind of works and artists would you like to discover during this showcase? How would you like to be surprised? In this workshop we explore the different contexts of you and your colleagues. We are looking forward to welcoming a diverse mix of programmers, from the ones new to dance to the ones hungry for new questions and input. Let us discuss the art of programming!
As one of the leading independent dance professionals in Europe, Peggy Olislaegers provides artistic and strategic advice for both festivals and dance companies, working with dance programmers and independent choreographers as well. She is an Associate on Research and Development for Dutch National Ballet and Artistic Associate of Rambert. She works with GenderBender festival (Italy), festival The Boulevard (Netherlands), and choreographers Nanine Linning (Germany), Alessandro Sciarroni (Italy), Tony Adigun (UK) and Alida Dors (Netherlands) among others. She co-initiated the European projects Act Your Age, Performing Gender and Pivot Dance.
From 2010 to 2016 Peggy Olislaegers was the Artistic and General Director of the Dutch Dance Festival/de Nederlandse Dansdagen. Under her leadership the festival grew its impact, with prize-winning and innovative projects, and a growth of the festival audience.
Working in the field of ballet, contemporary dance and hiphop, Peggy Olislaegers is known for her ability to connect disciplines, and her articulate knowledge of dance and movement, from the choreographer, performer and audience point of view. Peggy has broad experience working both as a performer and creator in dance, theatre and music productions. From 1989 to 2006 she created more than 35 choreographies, both independently and in co-production with companies and festivals. From 2007 to 2011, she was the first resident dance dramaturge for Dansateliers Rotterdam (NL), pioneering the practice of dance dramaturgy in Europe. Her work has been described in various publications.