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Credit: Sonia Maria Sanchez
Credit: Sonia Maria Sanchez
Credit: Sonia Maria Sanchez

DANCE ARTIST

LIEZL DE WOUTERS

I help dance companies and theatre makers tell stories and make meaning by creating engaging and thought-provoking choreography.

Engineer turned dance artist, I bring a unique set of skills to my dance practice.

Movement reel 2022

Short clips showcasing my style of movement

Showreel 2022

Featuring work from the IODC, Edinburgh Fring, Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Oxford Scratch Night and Bucks Open Weekend

MY
CREATIVE PRACTICE

Dance has the power to transcend traditional stages and bring healing. I believe in the power of vulnerability, both in my dancers and my audience, exploring techniques where they can be fully present. I strive to create experiences that resonate universally, making dance accessible to diverse communities.

I use dance as a means of exploring complex themes that leave a lasting impact. Mental health, human connection and spirituality form the heart of my artistic vision, as I draw inspiration from my own life experiences. As an engineer turned dance artist, I bring a unique perspective to problem-solving and structuring in my choreography, allowing me to create compelling and emotionally charged dance works.

Being mentored by Rick Tjia (Cirque de Soleil) has instilled a practical approach to my process. I draw upon this influence to assess elements, particularly those used in marketing, PIXAR and music composition, that evoke emotions, captivate audiences, and create meaning.

I plan my studio time through researching and thematic extraction, laying the groundwork for collaboration with my team. I bring a diverse movement vocabulary, combining tap, street, jazz, and contemporary elements to enrich the expressive range of my pieces.

Collaborating with artists from different backgrounds enriches my creative process, fostering an inclusive environment. I encourage my dancers to engage in the choreographic process, giving them creative tasks and the freedom to express themselves. This authenticity breathes life into my choreography, ensuring a deep emotional connection with the performers.

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Ian Berle

Elevate Dance Company

Elevate Dance Company

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Ian Berle

Elevate Dance Company

Elevate Dance Company

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Ian Berle

Credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Credit: Sonia Maria Sanchez

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