Wed 27 Jun 2018

Who's who:

Dancer Marjolein Vogels

Who are the women and men behind Nicole Beutler? We would like to introduce you to our team. Marjolein Vogels (34) has been a indispensable member of our company since 2010. Read more about Marjolein and her long standing collaboration with Nicole.

HI MARJOLEIN, HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH NICOLE START?

I first got to know Nicole about seven or eight years ago. I saw the performance Enter Ghost. I loved it so much that I auditioned for Dialogue With Lucinda. I had organized a festival just the day before in W139, I was beat! The audition went very bad. But luckily they called me back to try out again. “So you cán do it,” Nicole said afterwards, “glad we asked you back.” That’s how I got in. I was very intrigued by her work, so I was very happy I got the chance to work with her.

SINCE THEN YOU PERFORMED IN ALMOST ALL OF OUR PRODUCTIONS: 2: DIALOGUE WITH LUCINDA, 3: THE GARDEN, 4: STILL LIFE, 5: ECHO, 6: THE SQUARE, 7: TRIPLE MOON. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF PART OF THE COMPANY?
I do! When there’s no running production the feeling is less. But I do stay involved with the company in other ways as well, which makes me feel connected. Nicole often gives me extra responsibilities, like when I did a remake of SQUARE DANCE with dance students. We also work together the other way around; during Julidans I organized the alternative dance tour Off Venue and Nicole created a piece for that in the public space. It’s also a project that I then help coordinate. Sometimes I do photography for events, such as the WE LIVE HERE Summer Academy. And for a couple of years I was the editor of the Performance Platform on behalf of Nicole Beutler Projects.

SO YOU’RE ALSO ORGANIZING FESTIVALS YOURSELF, WHAT IS IT YOU DO?

Yes that’s right. I’ve been a freelance dancer since I graduated from the dance academy in Amsterdam. I also studied at the mime school for two years. I worked with choreographers and artists Jennifer Tee, Vergilio Sienni, Jack Gallagher, Aimée Zito Lema, Ulrike Quade and Arno Schuitemaker among others. Me and Coralie Vogelaar are an artist duo. Apart from performing I organize events for the dance scene. I founded the dance and performance platform and festival WhyNot, and this year I curated the last edition of the Something Raw dance and performance festival. I enjoy this diversity of performing, creating and curating.

HOW IS WORKING WITH NICOLE? Nicole and I don’t need that many words to understand each other. Whenever she asks something in rehearsals, I immediately know how to interpret it. Her conceptual way of dance creation appeals to me. As a dancer you always create your own material within the framework of her concept. The way that she thinks about dance and art suits me. She looks beyond the body and works and thinks in a very interdisciplinary way.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NICOLE BEUTLER PERFORMANCE?

Dialogue With Lucinda, or Enter Ghost, or The Garden. I can’t choose. If I have to pick one for a revival? Enter Ghost would be fun, but I’m not in that one, so that would be unfortunate. In Lucinda I whacked my calves, so that’s not a good idea. The Garden then, that’s fun to do.