Susanne Bentley

Contemporary dancer, improvisor, teacher, choreographer & coach

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Curriculum vitae

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Career Profile
Grants, Residencies & Scholarships
Education & Qualifications
Teaching Experience

Career Profile

2016

Pole Fusion Competition @ Pole Fusion Festival, La Venerie, Brussels. Master of Ceremonies, singer, musician.
In Human – choreography for Sarahcademy show @ Pole Fusion Festival.
Car Free Sunday @ Beursschouwburg, Brussels. Animation/performance.
The School of Narrative Dance – choreography & performance Parc Duden, Brussels.
Being – solo performance @ Isadora Festival, Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.
Bal Moderne – Bal Moderne Academy, La Ducasse pour tous, Brussels.
Animations/private functions – for Sarahcademy asbl. Choreographer & dancer.
The Grave is Yawning – SoloConversations Dance Collective @ Théâtre de la Vie, Brussels. Dancer.

2015

Pole Fusion Competition @ Pole Fusion Festival, La Venerie, Brussels. Master of Ceremonies, singer, musician.
Beyond the Limit – pole show girl choreographies for Sarahcademy show.
SoloConversations Dance Collective – @ Open Deur Dagen, Pianofabriek, Brussels.
Performing Poetry @ Sign Six, Brussels. Spoken word poetry.
Body Rhymes – workshop performance, Vienna.
Roller Madness Golden Edition – gogo dancer, Beursschouwburg, Brussels.
Animations/private functions – for Sarahcademy asbl. Choreographer & dancer.
Ik & den Théo – concert & ball – Wolubilis, Brussels. Dancer.
Bal Moderne  Academy, Brussels.

2014

Pole Fusion Competition @ Pole Fusion Festival, La Venerie, Brussels. Master of Ceremonies, singer, musician, dancer.
Body Rhymes – solo performance (spoken word poetry & dance) @ Performing Presence – Improvisation Xchange Berlin, Berlin; @ Toronto Long Winter – Year 2, Volume 5, Toronto. Performer.
Searching for Love – pole show girl performance for Sarahcademy asbl @ La Venerie, Brussels. Dancer/Choreographer.
Pole Show Girl @ Pride 2014 – Dancer/Choreographer.
Ik & den Théo – concert & ball – Tournee Mondi’alle (Halle), Fiesta Mundial (Balen), Fortbom (Mortsel),  Jaune Toujours & Ik & den Théo @ Plazey Festival – 15 Jaar Choux de Bruxelles (Brussels). Dancer.
Animations/private functions – for Sarahcademy asbl. Choreographer & dancer.

2013

Red Night District – SoloConversations Dance Collective @ Nuit Blanche, Brussels. Performer.
Body Rhymes – solo performance (spoken word poetry & dance) @ KMSKA “Avant Garden” festival, Antwerp; @ Tipperary Dance Platform, Tipperary. Performer.
Mix it Up – improvised performance @ Pianofabriek “‘N toffen dimanche” festival, Brussels. With Maria Peredo Guzman + Musicians : Laryssa Kim and Guillaume Vanespen
Rosegarden – Cie. Soit. Improvisor.
Evolve – SoloConversations Dance Collective. premiere season, Brussels. Improvisor.
Animations EVJF/private functions – for Sarahcademy asbl. Choreographer & dancer.

2012

Theatre – Superamas. Voiceover.
Evolve (showing)– SoloConversations Dance Collective. Premiere in March 2013
SoloConversations – @ Cirque@taque Festival, Ekeren; Bourse de la Création du Festival  des Arts Forains “Namur en Mai 2012″, Namur. Improvisor.
Bal Moderne – Mois de la Danse, Marche-en-Famenne; Warandepark, Mont des Arts, Parc Tournay Solvay, La Tentation, Brussels; Festival Deltebre Dansa – Spain; Personeelsfeest voor Stad Gent; Tuinfeest CC De Spil, Roeselaere. Dancer/Teacher

2011

White Walls & Electricity #3 – led by Sten Rudstrom, Tanzfabrik (Berlin). Improvisor.
SoloConversations – @ Compil D’Avril/Charleroi Danses, Brussels; Inside Out Festival ULB, Brussels; D Festival, Théâtre Marni, Brussels. Improvisor.
Bal Moderne – Inside Out Festival ULB, Brussels; Swedish National Day – Husqvarna. Deltebre Danza, Spain; Parc Josaphat, Parc Woluwe, Bxls Bain/Bad, Brussels; Watch This Space festival (National Theatre) London, Regio Bal Maastricht, Netherlands. Dancer/Teacher

2010

Pink Ribbon Conga (Bal Moderne) – choreography Susanne Bentley, Sophie Beyne & Fillip Bilsen  @ Place St Catherine, Brussels. Choreographer/dancer/teacher.

Matter of Act – Lenio Kaklea, Summer Intensive @ Les Ballets C de la B. Performer.

WTF – independent artists festival, Beursschouwburg, Brussels. Improvisor.

Solo Conversations – @ opening Bains Connective, Ten Weyngaert, Brussels; Festival Studios en Scene, Espace Mutin, Brussels; S.H.O.W. presents Beursschouwburg, Traversées festival @ Théâtre de la Balsamine, Brussels; Summer Studios, Brussels; JetHerfst festival, Brussels. Improvisor.

Bal ModerneDans in Limburg 2010 CC Hasselt; Ekeren, Cultuurcentrum ‘t Vondel, Halle; De Velinx, Tongeren;Evere; Nijvel; La Belgique Danse pour l’Europe, Brugge; Gaucheretplein, Parc Cinquantinaire, Place St Denis, Parc 21 julliet, Parc Duden, Brussels; Lisbon, Portugal; Mons; Grimbergen; Mechelen. Dancer/Teacher

2009

Solo Conversations – @ Charleroi Danses Biennale 09, Brussels; BrxlBravo festival in Metrowerken/Travo metro- St Gilles metro stations, Brussels & 2Dance4Hours- Brigittines, Brussels; Museum Night Fever – Musée du Parc Cinquantenaire, Brussels; ULB INSIDE_OUT Festival – ULB university, Brussels; Volders en Fête- street festival,  Brussels; Blaudruk 1.1 festival, Antwerp. Improvisor

Bal Moderne – @ December Dance, Bruges; BrxlBravo Festival – Kaaitheater, Bal Moderne marathon, Forest/Vorst, Brussels; CK* Muziekcentrum Track, Kortrijk; Brussels Parliament Open House Day; Zeecaravan, Oostende; Fête de l’Environnement, Brussels; XL Flagey Summer Festival, Brussels; Lille Piano(s) Festival, Lille. Dancer/Teacher

2008

Sweetness and fear among friends and strangers (public showing) – Antonija Livingstone & Heather Kravas @ Beursschouwburg, Brussels. Performer
Solo Conversations – Solo Conversations @ Novamove & Studios en Scene, Brussels. Improvisor
Below 20 – Bent Object (work in progress) @ Netwerk, Kaaitheaterstudios, Pianofabriek, Stuk, Vooruit. Choreographer/ Performer.
Big 3 – Superamas @ Kaaitheater, Performer.
Bal Moderne – @ Place Flagey opening festival, Bruxelles Les Bains, Edinburgh International Festival. Dancer/Teacher
Park 58 – Solo Conversations Improv Collective @ Parking 58, Brussels. Improvisor

2007

Super – Maria Clara Villa Lobos @ Theatre de le Place,Liege; Vooruit, Gent. Dancer/Singer
Winning… – Bent Object, @ Buda Kunstencentrum Fresh Festival, Kortrijk & @ Festival Balsa Marni XI, Brussels . Dancer/Singer
In human format – Bent Object  @ Elektra Festival, Montreal. Singer
Untitled – interactive improvisation performance @ Novamove, Brussels. Improvisor

2006

In human format – Bent Object dvd release concert, @ Chapelle de Boondael, Brussels. Singer.
Big 3 – Superamas, voiceover
Visions of Art – Ludo Camberlin, voiceover
Bent Object – @ Victorian Circus II, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam. Singer.
Super Project – Maria Clara Villa Lobos, Tongeren. Dancer/Singer.

2005

Super Project – Maria Clara Villa Lobos @ Nona, Mechelen. Dancer/Singer.
Bent Object – @ Nadine, Brussels. Choreographer/Performer.
Bent Object – @ Transhumance, Sperlonga, Italy. Singer.
Belgïe Danst – Bal Moderne, 175 years of Belgium. Dancer/ Teacher
Bent Object – in MicroFOtones 1.0 @ Foam/Foton HQ, Brussels. Singer/Dancer.
Bent Object – @ Kulturbunker Müllheim, Cologne. Singer/Dancer.
9×9 – Christine de Smedt/ Les Ballets C de la B @ Kaaitheater, Brussels. Dancer.
Bombing Brussels for Beauty – No New Enemies @ Mr Ego, Brussels. Performer

2004

Roasted Addiction – solo @ Lunchbox Café, Beursschouwburg, Brussels. Choreographer/performer. *Also @ Pianofabriek &      Espace Catastrophe, Brussels.
Object & Susanne Bentley live – in Fotones 12.0 @ Beursschouwburg, Brussels. Singer.
Opening of Lunchbox Café – @ Beursschouwburg, Brussels. Performer.
Eros c’est la vie – Pierre Rubio/Atom VZW, in Dans@tack Festival, Kortrijk.
Worteldreef 3 – Cie. Cacao Bleu (Belgium), touring Flanders. Dancer/Actor.
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the club scene but were afraid to ask– Davis Freeman (Random Scream) @ Beursschouwburg, Brussels. Dancer
Poni – Poni @ Nadine, Brussels. Performer.

2003

Téléphone émoi– dance theatre solo, collaboration with installation artist Marine Dubios, part of EMMA- une exposition pluridisciplinaire @  Brasserie Atlas, Brussels.
Condensed Living– @ Nadine, Brussels. Director/ Improviser.
Free Fall– Cie. Two in One (Austria/Hungary), Vienna/Horn. Dancer.

2002

Someone Else’s Weirdo– in Festival C’est Du Jamais Vu, Brussels. Choreographer /Performer.
Body Sound Check – Heine Avdal & Foton Records @ BSBbis, Brussels. Improviser.

2001

The Sky over My House– NIAP productions, Geneva. Solo Improviser.
Natal– Cie. Fabienne Berger, Lausanne. Dancer
Transistor– in PARTS Summer Studios, Brussels. Director/Performer
Cercle -Assaut d’un Poisson Co., Brussels

2000
U3(film)– Cy.ancal Dance Co., Vienna. Short dance film. Dancer
Five Girls called Doris– CURVE Dance Collective, Charlotte 90 & ~not., Auckland & Hamilton .Project Director, Choreographer/Dancer.
Someone Else’s weirdo– solo in Red Shift, Quantum Flux Dance Co./Graduate Dance Co. Wellington Fringe Festival, Wellington
*Also performed in Red Shift- Auckland & Waiheke Island. Choreographer /Dancer

1999
Outer Limits – Touch Compass Dance Trust (Mixed Ability Dance co.), Taranaki Arts Festival; Wellington Fringe Festival; Palmerston North. Dancer.
Five Girls Called Doris– CURVE Dance Collective, Charlotte 90 & ~not, Auckland. Dancer, Project Director & Choreographer.
Lord of the Rings (film)– Weta Productions, Dir. Peter Jackson,Wellington. Actor, stiltwalker
Xena- Warrior Princess (tv)– Pacific Renaissance Pictures & Shona McCullagh, Auckland, Dancer, actor
D-Tour: an urban dance accident– CURVE Dance Collective, Auckland. Dancer & Project Director.
(1996-98 ask for details)
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Grants, Residencies & Scholarships

2014 Short Term Residency @ Performing Presence – Improvisation Xchange Berlin – solo project “Body Rhymes”.
Residency @ Grand Studio – with SoloConversations Dance Collective for “The Grave is Yawning” & for “Body Rhymes” solo.
2013 Residency @ TDR – Tipperary Dance Residency – solo project “Body Rhymes”.
Residency @ Summer Studios  – solo project “Body Rhymes” & SoloConversations “Summer Conversations II”
Residency @ Grand Studio – with SoloConversations Dance Collective for “Evolve” & for “Body Rhymes” solo.
2012 Residency @ Bains::Connectives, Grand Studio (Brussels) – with SoloConversations for “Evolve”.
Residency @ Beursschouwburg & Bains::Connectives (Brussels)  – Unknown Unknowns II
2011Residency @ Bains::Connectives, Art-T, La Raffinerie, Grand Studio, Chien Perdu (Brussels) – with SoloConversations for “Une Piece” & ongoing work
2010 Residency @ La Raffinerie (Brussels), Summer Studios (Brussels), Art-T Studio – with SoloConversations for “Une Piece” & ongoing work
Residency @ Bain Connectives (Brussels) – continuing “Unknown Unknowns”
2009 Danscentrum Jette, Charleroi Danses & Summer Studios Residencies (Brussels) – for improvisation research group Solo Conversations; Buda Kunstencentrum (Kortrijk) residency – continuation of “Below 20”
2008 Residency @ Kaaitheaterstudios, Pianofabriek (Brussels); Netwerk (Aalst); Stuk (Leuven); Vooruit (Gent) – to create “Below 20” with Bent Object
Summer Studios Residency (Brussels) – for improvisation research group Solo Conversations
2007/8 VGC Trajet Subsidie – grant for Bent Object to research “Below 20”
2006/7 Residency @ Buda Kunstencentrum (Kortrijk) – to develop evening-length dance theatre performance “Winning…” with Bent Object – premiere March 2007
2005 Residency @ Nadine (Brussels) – to develop technology and dance aspect of Bent Object .
2003 Residency @ Nadine (Brussels) – to create “Condensed Living”.
2002 PARTS Summer Studios Residency (Brussels) – to rework “Someone Else’s Weirdo”
2001 PARTS Summer Studios Residency (Brussels) – to workshop “Transistor”, a performance improvisation project.
2000 DanceWEB Scholarship (Vienna)
Creative New Zealand Professional Development grant – towards participation in the DanceWEB scholarship programme, Vienna 2000.
(1996-98 ask for details)
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Education & Qualifications

2014    ICF ACC Accreditation – Associate Certified Coach
2011 – 2013 Diploma in Professional Consciousness Coaching® – life coach training programme. ICF qualified Professional Consciousness Coach®. Continuing training & up skilling.

Workshop/class topics 1996-2014:
Pole technique – Sarah Cavenaile, Alex Schuchkin, Phoenix Kazree, Bendy Kate, Julie Paillé
Intimacy – Meg Stuart
Macho dancing – Eisa Jocson
Show Girl/Burlesque – Judy Pelczeder
Action Theater – Ruth Zaporah, Sten Rudstrom
Storyboarding – Jeremy Wade
Dramaturgy– Marianne van de Kerkhoven & Kris Verdonck
Performance Improvisation in voice & movement – Kirstie Simson, Andrew  Morrish, Christian Burns, Chrysa Parkinson, Al Wunder, Julyen Hamilton, David Lakein, Claudio Gerard
Performing Performance – Philippe Reira/ Superamas, Antonija Livingstone & Heather Kravas
Contact Improvisation – Nancy Stark Smith, Andrew Harwood & Chris Aiken, Kurt Koegel, Martin Keogh, Catherine Chappell
Rhythm et voix – André Minvielle, Kefas, Aagje Dom
Contemporary dance– Jordi Cortez Molina, David Zambrano, Frey Faust, Martin Kilvady, Roxanne Huilmand, Anton Lachky, Emio Greco, Louise Lecavalier, Douglas Wright, Michael Paramenter, Shona McCullough, Cruz Mata, Arco Renz , Rasmus Olme, Ivan Wolfe…
Lighting and dance collaboration – Russell Maliphant & Michael Hulls
2000 DanceWEB – Impulstanz (Vienna) – scholarship programme.
1994 – 1995 Diploma of Contemporary Dance – UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts, Auckland, NZ.
1991 – 1993 Bachelor of Arts – Waikato University, NZ. Double major in English & German. Film & Maori as supporting subjects.
1993 – Fitness Leaders Certificate – aerobics instructor training.
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Teaching Experience

2016 ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna; Sarahcademy asbl, Brussels; Wisper Gent; Danspunt – Antwerp & Gent; Fedos, Brussels; Isadora Festival, Krasnoyarsk;

Individual coaching & artistic intervention –  Jessie Boel (dance & text improvisation); Laetitia (pole dance)

2015 Tanzquartier, ImPulsTanz Festival, IDOCDE Conference, Vienna; Sarahcademy asbl, Brussels; Fontys Academy, Tilburg; Artesis Hogeschool voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp; Talk vzw, Gent.

Individual coaching & artistic intervention –  Jessie Boel (dance & text improvisation).

2014 Marameo, Berlin; Sarahcademy asbl, Brussels; Toronto Love In, Toronto; Studio 303, Montreal; Tanzquartier & ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna; Wisper Leuven & Antwerp; Fontys Academy, Tilburg; Artesis
Individual coaching & artistic intervention –  Magali Flamme (pole dance), Célia Rorive (conteporary dance), Jessie Boel (dance & text improvisation).

2013 Marameo, Berlin; Pianofabriek, Sarahcademy asbl, Summer Studios (PARTS) Brussels; Tanzquartier & ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna; Artesis Hogeschool voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp; Bal Moderne.

2012 Tanzquartier, Vienna; Tanzfabrik, Marameo, Berlin; Pianofabriek, La Raffinerie (Charleroi Danses), Studio Hybrid, Sarahcademy asbl,Brussels; ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna; Center of Contemporary Dance Summer School, Krasnoyarsk; Circuit-Est, Montreal
Individual coaching, artistic intervention & choreography – Belgian pole dancing champion Sarah Cavenaile; Fanny Brouyaux (trapeze).

2011 Company Ultima Vez, Brussels; Hors Cité/Dabatheatr workshops, Rabat; Tanzquartier, Vienna; Pianofabriek, Art-T, La Raffinerie (Charleroi Danses), Summer Studios (PARTS), Espace Catastrophe, Danscentrum Jette, Brussels; Wisper, Leuven; Dock11, Berlin; K3, Hamburg; Wisper, Gent.

2010 Tanzquartier, Vienna; PARTS, Pianofabriek, Studio Hybrid, Studio Art-T, Espace Catastrophe, Brussels; Bal Moderne; UNITEC School of Performing & Screen Arts, IndependANCE, Otago University, Waikato University, Footnote Dance Company, New Zealand; SEAD, Salzburg; Wisper, Leuven.

2009 Danscentrum Jette, Studio Hybrid, Espace Catastrophe & Pianofabriek, Brussels; Dans.art, Hasselt; Wisper, Gent & Leuven

2008 Dock 11 & Tanzfabrik, Berlin; Studio Hybrid, Espace Catastrophe, Pianofabriek & Cellule 133a, Brussels; Wisper/Dans.art, Gent; Edinburgh International Festival; Danswerkhuys, Antwerp
2007 Espace Catastrophe & Studio Hybrid, Brussels; ACT Danse, Liege; Wisper, Gent; Dans.art, Leuven & Kortrijk; Danswerkhuys  & CC Berchem, Antwerp.
2006 Company Ultima Vez, Brussels; Dansstudio Arabesque & Danswerkhuys , Antwerp; Espace Catastrophe, Danscentrum Jette, Studio Hybrid, Brussels; Dans.Art, Leuven
2005 Company Ultima Vez, Brussels; Dansstudio Arabesque, Antwerp; Espace Catastrophe,Brussels; Waikato University, Hamilton NZ
2004 Dansstudio Arabesque, Antwerp; Waikato University, Hamilton NZ
2003 Dansstudio Arabesque, Laster Studios, Brussels; Danscentrum Jette, Brussels
2002 Dansstudio Arabesque, Danscentrum Jette, Laster Studios; Douglas Wright Dance Co., Wellington,NZ; Touch Compass Dance Trust, Auckland NZ
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