Choreographing is dreaming with my eyes open...
The place where I feel most home, is the place where I can share and create with others, where art unites people and allows us to be different, a place where our uniqueness is embraced. What I love about dance, is that it can speak the unspoken. To choreograph for me is like dreaming with my eyes open.
Wubkje Kuindersma is a Dutch female choreographer. She trained at the Rotterdam Dance Academy and danced with Danish Dance Theatre, Gulbenkian Ballet, Random Dance, Djazzex, Nürnberg Ballet and in several freelance projects.
Kuindersma was a recipient of the Dansersfonds scholarship and has received a nomination for The Philip Morris Award for outstanding performance in the ITS Festival in Amsterdam. Her first choreography Aquasomnia won an award for ‘Originality of Movement Vocabulary’ and ‘Outstanding Movement Quality’ in the U30 Choreographic Competition in Cologne in 2010.
In 2016 she received the BNG Bank Dance Award for ‘Choreographic Talent’.
She choreographed for both The Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet Junior Company, Ballet Dortmund, BalletX, Danish Dance Theatre, Korzo Theater & Netherlands Dance Theater’s program, Noverre, National Youth Ballet of John Neumeier and West Australian Ballet.
Her duet Two and Only for Dutch National Ballet has been internationally acclaimed. Marijn Rademaker got nominated for the Prix de Benois for his role in Two and Only and performed the ballet together with Timothy van Poucke on the Benois Gala at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Kuindersma’s Tales of A Nordic Mind for Danish Dance Theatre also delivered dancer Csongor Szabo a nomination as Best Dancer for the prestigious Danish Reumert Award.
The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University and Dutch National Ballet nominated Kuindersma to serve as an Artistic Partnership Initiative Fellow in Summer 2018. Dancemagazine included her in their “Top 25 to watch list for 2019” an annual list of the dancers, choreographers and companies that are on the verge of skyrocketing and dancemagazine believes represent the future of our field.
In May 2019 Kuindersma was nominated for the Dutch Dance Festival Maastricht Award “Nederlandse Dansdagen” in the Netherlands, a prestigious award supporting emerging talent.
upcoming new work for:
Dutch National Ballet
Very happy and honoured to be in Dancemagazine's TOP 25 TO WATCH LIST 2019 :
¨... Earlier, a new name to watch, Wubkje Kuindersma, made a splash with Two and Only, set to songs by Michael Benjamin. Musical and never sappy, this duet for two men, Marijn Rademaker and Timothy van Poucke, portrayed emotional intimacy with a light touch. The piece held its own next to a wry, tongue- in-cheek pas de deux by Dutch master Hans van Manen, Déjà vu — no small achievement for Kuindersma. ¨
Laura Cappelle - Financial Times
¨...Wubkje Kuindersma had the tough challenge of presenting her new work alongside a classic by Hans van Manen, which she did in style with Two and Only, a male duet pairing Rademaker, an experienced lead soloist, with apprentice dancer Timothy van Poucke. Kuidersma's ¨double¨was singer-songwriter Michael Benjamin, who performed two songs live on stage, accompanying himself on guitar for ¨Long Overdue¨and on piano in ¨From Blue to Red¨. Making no attempt to interpret the lyrics, Kuindersma nonetheless kept up an absorbing emotional momentum through her choreography, which was sentimental without being mawkish, and immutable without being banal. Here was a new choreographer of which to take note.¨
Graham Watts - Dancing Times
¨...Two and Only by Wubkje Kuindersma is the most affectionate work of evening. She created the piece especially for soloist Marijn Rademaker and élève Timothy van Poucke, an interesting partnership between a young dancer who is just starting his career and an experienced dancer who is at the top. The work is about universal love and the perishability of it. The duet between the two man combines power and masculinity with tenderness, and there is a sense of warmth and pain at the same time. Perhaps it is a memory of a relationship that once was. Singer and songwriter Michael Benjamin performs his touching songs live with the dancers on stage, adding to the intimate atmosphere.¨
Isabella Zijp - Bachtrack
Isabella Zijp - Bachtrack