40 years, Belgium
on "Movement_016" by Emiel Redant
Susanne Bentley (New Zealand) has been a freelance contemporary dancer/improvisor, working with others and on her own projects in NZ and Europe since 1996. In NZ she worked with companies such as Touch Compass, Opera NZ and Weta Productions (Peter Jackson- film), and was a founding member of Curve Dance Collective.
In 2000 she received a DanceWEB scholarship for Impulstanz in Vienna. Since then she has performed with companies in Austria (Superamas, Cy.ancal), Switzerland (Cie. Fabienne Berger, Nikunja), Hungary (Two in One) and Belgium (Les Ballets C de la B, Maria Clara Villa Lobos, Random Scream, Poni, Pierre Rubio, Heine Avdal).
Susanne has always created her own works- choreographed or improvised. Someone Else's Weirdo was performed extensively in NZ in 2000, then reworked to appear in the Festival C'est Du Jamais Vu in Brussels in 2002. The improvised solo Téléphonez moi premiered in 2003 and Roasted Addiction was performed in Nov/Dec 2004 in Brussels in several venues. She is also founder of Brussels-based performance improvisation research group Solo Conversations.
Since 2002 she has been performing with electronic musician and audiovisual artist Peter Van Hoesen as the duo Bent Object. Together they released a single The language you need on Swedish label Sound of Habib, and In Human Format, a music dvd with visuals by FoAM, on Brussels label Foton. This they also performed live in Montreal, Amsterdam, Sperlonga and Brussels. In 2007 they premiered Winning..., a dance theatre performance using sensor technology, co-produced by Buda Kunstencentrum. In 2007-9 they are developing Below 20- an immersive environment performance, using infrasound, around the culture of fear.
Susanne has been teaching professional and amateur contemporary/improvisation classes and workshops regularly since 2002 in studios, schools and for companies such as: Ultima Vez (Brussels), Danswerkhuys, Dansstudio Arabesque (Antwerp), Wisper (Ghent), Espace Catastrophe, Danscentrum Jette, Laster Studios and at PARTS Summer Studios (Brussels). She has also taught for companies and universities in New Zealand.
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