Solidarity, gender equality and human rights are important themes in the work of the Dutch choreographer Wubkje Kuindersma (born in Cameroon). She sees dance as an ‘Architecture of Hope’, as dance has the universal power to connect people.
For her debut work as choreographer, Aquasomnia (2009), Kuindersma received a special award for original movement vocabulary at the choreography competition U30 in Cologne, in 2010. Her male duet Doubleyou, created for the Korzo/NDT-programme Here we live and now, received the BNG Bank Dance Award for choreographic talent, in 2016.
In recent years, Kuindersma has created the following works for Dutch National Ballet and its Junior Company: Mangåta (2017), Two and Only (2017), Mesmer (2019), Echoes of Tomorrow (2020), Prometheus (2020/2021), Memento (2021) and – in co-production with West Australian Ballet – Architecture of Hope (2020). For his role in Kuindersma’s internationally acclaimed Two and Only, Marijn Rademaker received a nomination for the Prix Benois de la Danse. Kuindersma has been a Young Creative Associate with Dutch National Ballet since 2021.
Kuindersma has also created work for Noverre (at Stuttgarter Ballett), Bundesjugend Ballett (directed by John Neumeier), Korzo (in collaboration with Nederlands Dans Theater), Ballett Dortmund, Hessisches Staatsballett, BalletX, West Australian Ballet, Dansk Danseteater, Ballett Landestheater Coburg, Beijing Dance Academy, the Dutch National Ballet Academy, Codarts and Philharmonie Luxembourg.
The leading American publication Dance Magazine included Kuindersma in its ‘Top 25 to watch for 2019’, an annual list of dancers, choreographers and companies the magazine deems representative of the future of dance. In 2019, Kuindersma was nominated for the Prize of the Dutch Dance Days Maastricht, an award for young, promising talent.