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/// Josefien Noske

Born in the Netherlands, Josefien graduated in 2012 from the Amsterdam High School of Performing Arts. She danced as an apprentice in Hi! My name is... by Cecilia Moisio, did a North-America tour with Danceworks Rotterdam/André Gingras and performed in the Gloomy Skits by Thomas Falk. Josefine joined Retina throughout the production of Corporalis as part of their placement scheme and then recently joined the company for the rest of the tour of Layers of Skin

Collaborated on Layers of Skin (2012)

Marieke van de Ven • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Marieke van de Ven

Inspired by concrete sounds, instruments and field recordings Marieke van de Ven explores the intersection between acoustic and electronic sound.

Within the stratification of different musical elements she investigates the narrative quality of her music. Her compositions are an exploration of the intersections between electronic sound and classical instruments.

Marieke's work was performed at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, FAQ Festival and broadcast on the Concertzender.

Over the last years she has established a repertoire of various multidisciplinary collaborations with choreographers, dancers and theatremakers. These multidisciplinary works have shown at festivals like STRP, Over het IJ and at Dansmakers Amsterdam.

Marieke studied Composition and Sound Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Music Technology. In August 2011 she earned a Bachelor with Honours Composition and Sound Design and a Master of Arts, specialised in Music and Sound Design.

Marieke's website.

Collaborated on Corporalis (2013)

Ruimtevaarders • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Ruimtevaarders

Ruimtevaarders is Karolien De Schepper and Christophe Engels. Working together as a duo since 2008, they design spacial installations for festivals, theatre, exhibitions, temporary interventions and events. 

Trained as both architects and visual artists Karolien and Christophe use the parameters of a space to make it their own. They are researchers and creators of spatial fiction and swear by impermanence, gravity, proportions, interaction and accidental collisions. They look to be inspired by the people they work with and attach much importance to collaboration and the mutual working process.

Outside of Ruimtevaarders Karolien works as a freelance decor assistant in the Munt in Brussels and Christophe is active as a visual artist, photographer and graphic designer.

For further information see the Ruimtevaarders website.

Collaborated on Corporalis (2013)

Lucy Cash • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Lucy Cash

Lucy collaborated with Retina on Memo and Freeze and is an artist and filmmaker. She is drawn to beginning with the extraordinary appearance of ordinary things – things that are already in the world, and that invite small interventions between the poetic and scientific, philosophical and humorous, intimate and political.

Her background in performance making and choreography informs her approach to the work she now makes in different media, and she continues to explore innovative forms of collaboration – working with people from a range of communities and fields of expertise.

Between 2005 – 2009 she was an associate member of Goat Island performance, making four moving image works with the company as well as contributing to writing and live performance.

Her moving image work has been shown on television, (Ch4, Filmfour, BBC4 and BBC2) and in over ten different countries, predominantly within Europe but also Australia, Japan, Brazil and the USA, in both galleries and at film festivals.

In 2009 she was awarded a fellowship from South East Dance for her work creating choreographies for the screen. In 2010, alongside, Becky Edmunds, Chirstinn Whyte, Claudia Kappenberg and Gill Clarke she co-curated the What if… festival at Siobhan Davies Space.

She has been an associate artist with Artsadmin since 2007. In 2010 – 2012 she is an associate artist with South East Dance

Collaborated on Freeze (2003), Me:Mo (2003)

Jules Maxwell • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Jules Maxwell

Jules Maxwell's  career in music began in rather unlikely circumstances. 

As a politics undergraduate at Queen’s University in Belfast he hooked up with the drama society and began composing music for their productions. Up to that point he had no intention of working professionally as a musician. Subsequently however, this unlikely group of actors, writers, directors and musicians went on to form Tinderbox Theatre Company and from 1988 through to 2002 Maxwell composed for fifteen of their shows. 
One thing led to another and during this period he also began picking up work as a composer for contemporary dance, working for 4 seasons with Limerick based Daghdha Dance Company. He moved from Belfast to Dublin in 1994 and forged an exciting relationship with fledgling animation house Moving Still with whom he collaborated on 2 series for television.
1997 marked a significant turning point in his career. He made the soundtrack for Oscar nominated short film Dance Lexie Dance directed by Tim Loane, an old college friend from Queen’s, and also collaborated with Wayne McGregor for the first time on an audacious dance project called Cybergeneration for Belfast Festival.
Ultimately these successes led to more and more opportunities in London and he moved there in 1997. Since then he has composed music for countless theatre, dance and film productions. He has worked with Israeli choreographer Jasmin Vardimon, Wayne McGregor, Jane Mason and Cathy Marston before spending a year in Antwerp working with Retina Dance Company.
Film remains an area of intense interest and over the last 6 years Maxwell has composed soundtracks for Terry Loane, Colin Bateman, Suzanne Arnold and Lucy Baldwyn. He has also forged a long standing working relationship with Devon based choreographer and film maker Jane Mason, and has created soundtracks for all her theatre and screen projects to date.
Yet through it all Jules Maxwell’s roots are as a piano player and he continues to play and write with various bands and artists. In Belfast he collaborated for a number of years with Brian Houston. He also played piano with Peacefrog, Iain Archer, Disraeli Gears and with these artists over the years opened for the likes of INXS, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, The Cranberries, Squeeze, Hal Ketchum, Jools Holland and Nick Lowe. He has written and recorded extensively with Ken Haddock and is currently working with another Belfast protégé Foy Vance.
He has released three albums of his own to date. Bolt is an eclectic collection of songs and instrumentals. Hard Shoulder is the 1998 piece devised for Retina Dance Company for his quartet The Jules Maxwell Project. Candy Floss is an exploration of childhood through soundscape and lullaby.
In 1998 he began a ten year project entitled Nil Pointe which will eventually culminate in the release of an album of songs which have failed to get past the preliminary stages of the Eurovision Song Contest. He has successfully received rejection for six entries to date: Little Tiny Raindrops (1999), Your Future’s Just Begun (2000), Every Little Thing I Never Bargained For (2001), True to You (2002), Oo Be Do Believe (2003), My Baby (2004).
Jules Maxwell was awarded the James Kilfedder Arts Award in 1997 and the Bass Ireland Award in 2003 for his pioneering Red Room Sessions.

Collaborated on Relative Danger (2008), Me:Mo (2003), Freeze (2003), Gradient (2002), Hard Shoulder (1998), Tweeling (1998)

Brian Hartley • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Brian Hartley

Brian Hartley collaborated with Retina for the production This is not a body. He is a Glasgow based artist whose multi-disciplinary work combines visual art and design, theatre and dance and extensive work in arts education. Stillmotion brings together elements of this work, often in collaborative projects with other artists.

Through creating a large body of visual artwork inspired by dance, he has become involved in a working practice which brings together a visual and design vocabulary. Recent work as a designer for theatre and dance companies includes: Giant Productions The Songbird, Retina Dance Company This is not a body, Company Tabula Rasa Dance Company The Winter Room and Huff Puff and Away, Reeling & Writhing Only The Men, Borderline Theatre Company, Passing Places The Arches Theatre Company Beowulf and The Little Mermaid.

He has performed with dance and theatre companies such as transfigured, oceanallover, Tabula Rasa Dance Company, in November 2009 he performed with Russian theatre company Derevo, in a collaboration between The Arches, Glasgow; Conflux, Derevo and Akhe, Natura Morte, which was performed in Glasgow and Dresden.

For many years Brian has been involved in arts education projects, bringing his cross artform practice into creative partnerships with local authorities, schools and other organisations working with children and young people. In 2008 Imaginate Childrens International Theatre Festival commissioned stillmotion to create a large-scale participatory dance event for an early years audience. The resulting show, We Dance, wee groove, a highly interactive participatory dance event combing dance with live music and projected visuals was a popular success at the festival in May 2008 and was further presented at Glasgow’s Inspiration festival for children in Glasgow in 2008 and 2009. We Dance, wee groove will continue to develop in 2010 with further performances and Scottish touring, returning to Imaginate in May 2010.

Collaborated on This is not a body (2007)

Natalie Gordon • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Natalie Gordon

Natalie Gordon trained in dance and business studies at the University of Roehampton in London, which initiated her interest in Laban theories. She continued her advanced notator training at the Labanotation Institute which inspired her to explore the full realm of Laban's theories in the Integrated Movement Studies programme in America. Since her certification she has specialised in teaching Labananalysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals worldwide as well as being the Producer of Retina Dance Company. Previously she managed Random and Physical Recall Dance Companies and taught at the University of Roehampton for several years. She now leads numerous Laban and Bartenieff courses internationally, teaches on the BA dance degree programme and the teacher training post graduate course at Artesis High School in Antwerp. She has managed Retina since their inception and now is the Producer and operates the Belgian office. She also collaborates with Filip Van Huffel as their movement analyst.

Marnix Rummens • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Marnix Rummens

Marnix Rummens studied History of the Arts and Performance Studies at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He worked as an arts mediator for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M_HKA) and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. As a dramaturg he collaborates with artists such as Benjamin Vandewalle, Erki De Vries, Kosi Hidama and Leentje Vandenbussche. As a critic he writes for the Flemish Theatre Institute (VTi) and UrbanMag. Marnix collaborated with Filip as the dramaturg in Layers of Skin.

Collaborated on Layers of Skin (2012)

Andrew Hammond • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Andrew Hammond

Andy trained in Lighting Design at The Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent Lighting Design work includes: ‘Mis-Thread’ at The Place Theatre, London, ‘Nobulus’ at Sadlers Wells, London, a piece for Vangelis Legakis at the AICC 08, Denmark and for The Irrepressibles performances at the Latitude Festival. Recent touring dance work includes Bonachela Dance Company, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie and Zoi Dimitriou. Andy has worked with Retina since 2008 and is also Lighting Designer and Production Manager for Transitions Dance Company from Laban, London.

Collaborated on Corporalis (2013), Layers of Skin (2012), La Lutte (2011), Antipode (2009)

Pauline De Laet • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Pauline De Laet

Born in Belgium, Pauline De Laet is a graduate of Kunsthumaniora Dans in Antwerp and Rotterdamse Dance Academie, where she danced in choreographies by Amos Ben-Tal, Juri Korec, Andrej Petrovic, Itzik Galili, Jack Gallagher, Pedro Gomez and Karin Guizzo. In 2007, Pauline won the second prize dance as well as the audience award at the 11th International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart and she toured to Germany and the Netherlands with the other winners. She danced for Conny Janssen Danst in 'RUIS' in 2009, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam in Ed Wubbe's 'Holland' in 2010 and has been working with Akram Khan for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. 

Collaborated on Corporalis (2013), Layers of Skin (2012)

Erin Harty • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Erin Harty

Erin began her training with Swindon Dance and then went on to train at the Rambert School in London. Erin did an apprenticeship with National Dance Company Wales and has since worked with Fleur Darkin, Gabriella Maiorino and Ann van Den Broek amongst others. She currently works with Cecilia Moisio along side her work with Retina in Layers of Skin and Corporalis

Watch an interview with Erin, with thanks to Article19.


Dancer Profile: Erin Harty from Article19 on Vimeo.

Collaborated on Corporalis (2013), Layers of Skin (2012)

David Michel • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// David Michel

David gained a BPA (Hons) Degree in 2009 from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Participating in workshops with Richard Alston and company residencies with Shobana Jeyasingh and Hofesh Shechter, he worked and performed with choreographers Kwesi Johnson and Antonia Grove. David joined Verve 10, touring works nationally and internationally. David joined Retina Dance Company in 2010 for the autumn tour of Antipode and stayed for Layers of Skin.

Collaborated on Layers of Skin (2012), Antipode (2009)

Steven Martin • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Steven Martin

Steven began training in Scotland in 2003 at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. He graduated in June 2007 and then began an apprenticeship with Scottish Dance Theatre through the London Contemporary Dance School. He performed in 'Sorry for the missiles' by Vanessa Haska, 'Dog' by Hofesh Shechter and two works by Liv Lorent 'Tenderhook' and 'Luxuria'. He finished his apprenticeship but stayed as a dancer with the company until September 2008. Steven joined Retina in 2009 for the production of Antipode, followed by Relative Danger, La Lutte and Layers of Skin. He also teaches regularly for the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and Dundee Rep Theatre. 

Collaborated on Corporalis (2013), Layers of Skin (2012), La Lutte (2011), Antipode (2009), Relative Danger (2008)

Matthew Slater • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Matthew Slater

Matt began dancing at the age of 17 whilst studying A-Level performing arts. He then went on to train at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), graduating in 2005. He completed a UK tour with Verve, and went on to complete a postgraduate diploma with London Contemporary Dance Company (LCDS), touring internationally to France, Denmark, Sweden and Portugal with EDge Dance Company in work choreographed by Trisha Brown and Siobhan Davies. Upon graduating from LCDS Matt joined Yael Flexer's Bedlam Dance Company and toured as part of her production of Doing, Done and Undone.

Matt joined Retina Dance Company in 2006 for their graduate project PAGE1 and has since toured internationally to Belgium, Germany, Ireland and South Korea with the following productions: The boy who never grows old, This is not a body, Relative Danger, Antipode, La Lutte and Layers of Skin, and will be performing in the next production Corporalis. In 2010 Matt joined the staff at NSCD as the Education and Community Dance Worker and is a course leader for the Centre for Advanced Training: Yorkshire Young Dancers. Matt also runs his own dance studio in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and is The Education Manager for Retina Dance Company. 

Watch an interview with Matthew, with thanks to Article19.


Dancer Profile: Matthew Slater from Article19 on Vimeo.

Collaborated on Corporalis (2013), Layers of Skin (2012), La Lutte (2011), Antipode (2009), Relative Danger (2008), This is not a body (2007), The boy who never grows old (2006)

Joris Vanvinckenroye • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Joris Vanvinckenroye

Joris trained as a teacher before completing his masters degree at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire in double bass. From 1994 he composed and played for Troissoeur, touring extensively around Europe for several years, and winning an Axion Classics award in 2000. He performed as a musician for an idiosyncratic tango group Lunfardo from 2003 to 2006 and simultaneously founded Aranis with whom he still composes and performs. Aranis has toured throughout Europe and has three recordings as well as winning several music awards in Belgium and Holland. In 2006 Joris created BASta!, a solo programme for double bass and live electronics. Joris/BASta! composed and played live for Antipode and composed and performed in Layers of Skin.

Collaborated on Layers of Skin (2012), Antipode (2009)

Filip Van Huffel • Profile • People • Retina Dance Company

/// Filip Van Huffel

Belgian Filip initially trained in Fine Art, before starting his dance training at age 18. He trained with a range of contemporary dance teachers around Europe before performing with Claudio Bernardo, Air de C and Company Thor in Belgium, Frey Faust in Germany and Random Dance Company in London. He co-founded Retina in 1995 with Sacha Lee with whom he danced with in Random Dance/Wayne McGregor and together they created works that combined their unique voices from UK and belgian backgrounds. Filip has produced 18 company works for Retina that have toured internationally and since 2000 Filip has worked as the sole artistic director.

Filip is also regularly commissioned to create works for other companies, which have included several commissions for the South Bank Centre London, EDge, Verve, Maiden Voyage, Conservatoire for Dance in Belgium, Curve Foundation, Akademi, Tardis, Shobana Jeyasingh, StopGap, Ludus and X:ida Dance Companies. He has also created a Dance for the Camera production Freeze for BBC/ACE.

Collaborated on Corporalis (2013), Layers of Skin (2012), La Lutte (2011), Antipode (2009), Relative Danger (2008), This is not a body (2007), The boy who never grows old (2006), Eleven stories for the body, distance to our soul (2005), Me:Mo (2003), Freeze (2003), X: (2002), Gradient (2002), Toxin (2001), Oxygenius (2000), Overexposed (1999), Hard Shoulder (1998), Tweeling (1998), Pit (1997), Crave (1996), Battery (1996)