Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal

Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal


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Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal – both former NDT dancers – are Dutch choreographers and renowned performing artists, as siblings they form a creative duo. After having enjoyed successful and prominent careers at the prestigious NDT 1 & NDT 2 and/or Batsheva Dance Company, they went on to pursue their own creativity. The collaborative nature of their work often speaks to the human condition, limits and possibilities of the body and mind. Their work is known to be multi-layered and surrealistic, with a strong and outspoken dance language known for its eclecticism, theatricality and partnering elements.

They debuted with their creation LiNK for the talent development programme Up & Coming Choreographers in 2014. For Up & Coming Choreographers 2015 they made the work John Doe. Season 2016-2017 marked their choreographic debut for the regular programme of NDT 2 with The Grey (2017). They created their highly praised first work for NDT 1, Take Root (2019), in season 2018-2019, which was awarded with a nomination for a Dutch ‘Zwaan’ for ‘best dance production’.

In 2020, both decided to fully focus on choreography. For NDT 1, they then created Baby don’t hurt me around the themes of identity, sexuality, gender and love in 2021, was met with critical acclaim.

After which they continued to create ‘Eye Candy’ with Rambert Dance Company and ‘The little man’ for Nationaltheater Mannheim, ‘I’m afraid to forget your smile’ for the Hessian State Ballet, ‘Heart Drive’ for Ballet BC, ‘Mommy, Look!’ for Ballett Theater Basel and ‘To Kingdom Come’ for GoteborgOperans Danskompani.

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Marne (Velden, 1990) followed his dance training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He danced with NDT 2 from 2009 to 2012 and with NDT 1 from 2012 until August 2020. Marne won the Limburg Culture Prize 2011, The Evening of the Young Dancer 2009 (NTR TV) and the Berlin Special Prize Tanzolymp 2004.

After completing Codarts Rotterdam, Imre (Venlo, 1989) danced at the Norwegian company Carte Blanche and started with NDT 2 in 2012. She danced with NDT 1 from 2015-2017. From 2017 until 2020, Imre danced with Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. Imre won the 2014 Danserfonds ’79 incentive prize and she received the Swan Award for ‘most impressive dance achievement’ for her part in Salt Womb in 2017.