Ann Van den Broek (b. 1970)
The Co(te)lette Film (2007) Directed by Mike Figgis
After completing her dance education (June 1991) at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie (Rotterdam Dance Academy), Ann Van den Broek danced with the Elisa Monte Company (New York, 1990), Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel (Amsterdam, 1991-1998), Galili Dance (Groningen, 1998) and Charleroi/Danses (Charleroi, 1998-2000).
In the ten years she worked as a dancer, she was always researching and developing her own dance idiom, and in December 2000 she decided to dedicate herself to developing her own choreographic work. Under the umbrella of vzw WArd/waRD (Antwerp, B), Korzo Productions (The Hague, NL) and Danswerkplaats Amsterdam she created a number of choreographies.
The choreographies Quartet with One (2002), FF+Rew (2002), commissioned by Dansgroep Krisztina the Châtel), FF+Rew 60:00 (2005), E19 (richting San José) (2006), Co(te)lette (2007), I SOLO MENT (2008) and We Solo Men (2009) were very well received by the public and critically praised by the Dutch and international press. Almost every production was selected for the Nederlandse Dansdagen (The Dutch Dance Days) in Maastricht and named one of the most important works of the season. E19 (richting San José), Co(te)lette and I SOLO MENT received nominations by the VSCD (the Federation of Theatre- and Concert Halls Directors) as one of 'the most impressive dance production' of the season. Co(te)lette won the ‘Zwaan’ (Swan Award) for most impressive dance production in 2008. The Swan Award is the most prestigious Dutch dance prize.
Ann Van den Broek has also received the Mouson Award 2009/2010. The Mouson Award is initiated by the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (Germany). The Jury about Ann and her work: “Ann van den Broek’s work is dedicated, in a captivating way, to contemporary behavior patterns, but without resorting to major show effects or blatant statements. Although her pieces avoid virtually any form of judgment and appear distanced and cool, they still manage to irritate viewers, causing muted shudders, but also amusement. In the end, however, it always seems to be a ‘vanitas’ theme that moves Anne van den Broek’s prosaically staged pieces. In light of the transitory nature of life, all is in vain.”
Aside from her work as a choreographer, she is also a teacher and regularly invited to give training courses and workshops that focus on her vision on contemporary dance and her own style.