BIRKE VAN MAARTENS, BORN IN 1989

 

CHOREOGRAPHER.
SCENOGRAPHER,
PERFORMER,
SOUND ARTIST,
WRITER.

 

In her works, multidisciplinary artist Birke van Maartens creates an interactive context between scenography, composed soundscapes, theatre, and dance. Light and sound installations frequently blur the line between scenery and prop as they become a part of the performers' choreography – aspects of Van Maartens' work that provide the attentive viewer with insights into the dance work in a multi-layered way.

As an artist, Van Maartens is critically interested in challenging the desensitizing diminishing distance between technology and human being.

Reimagining the emancipatory potential of feminism in a time of accelerating automation and increasing complexity, she is seeking how to reconfigure gender politics in a world constantly being transformed by global digitization. 

 

In her research and artistic processes, she explores AI's profoundly alien behavior, and how human development is affected by digitization. Transcending hierarchies and divisions, she emphasizes the irreducible process of becoming, in which bodies and materials conjoin. With her artistic work, Birke van Maartens aims to confront existing structures of power and the values they represent and finds a renewing critical theory by implementing an ethical and artistic re-evaluation of nature and materials. 

COLLABORATIONS

As artist/ choreographer/ assistant choreographer/ rehearsal director/ artistic production assistant/ scenery designer/ sound designer/ costume designer/ writer/ production manager Birke van Maartens works with artists like Theresa Reiwer (DE); Oded Graf (yossioded, ISR); Milla Koistinen (DE/FIN), Marion Sparber (Shared Levitation, DE); Anni Koskinen (Kinetic Orchestra, FIN); Patricia Apergi (Costume design for BODHI PROJECT Dance Company, AT); Iftach Vardi (Decoding Motion, ISR); Michael Langeneckert (moving orchestra, DE), and many more.

EDUCATION

Contemporary Dance and Choreography

[Salzburg, Austria]

Contemporary Dance and Choreography

[Berlin, Germany]

Contemporary Dance

[Berlin, Germany]

P.A.R.T.S. - Performing Arts Research and Training Studios
[July 15th - August 16th, 2019] SUMMER SCHOOL 
[Brussels, Belgium]

SENECA Intensiv – Educational Programs for Artistic Movement
[January 2018 - March 2019] DANCE PEDAGOGY
[Berlin, Germany]

Fine Arts and Design

[Maastricht, Netherlands]