Astrid Boons (1988, Belgium), is a choreographer and performer based in The Netherlands. Since 2017 she is a resident choreographer at Korzo Theatre in The Hague.
Getting known in the European dance scene for her emotionally demanding pieces and her strongly embodied states, Astrid Boons’ creations offer a space to deeply experience the body as the site of boundaries and expansion between us and the world. She creates work with a distinctive female perspective foregrounding the subjective connectivity as a form of resistance, together with the continuous search for personal agency.
Astrid received the BNG Bank Dance Award 2017 and Piket Art Award 2017 for her duet Rhizoma (2016). In 2020 she was named artist to watch by NRC newspaper. In 2021, she was nominated for the prestigious Prize of The Netherlands Dance Days for choreography.
Her work has been produced by Korzo Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater, Dance Theater Heidelberg, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Conny Janssen Danst, Dans I Nord, among others.
As a dancer Astrid worked with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (2017-2018), Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (2017), GöteborgsOperans Danskompani(2013-2016), Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (2009-2013), Dansgroep Amsterdam(2009) and Dansgroep Krisztina De Châtel (2008).
Alongside her work as a choreographer, Astrid is developing her movement practice which is derived from her choreographic research. She has taught in companies and schools such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Dance Theater Heidelberg, Contact Contemporary Dance Festival Singapore, Dans I Nord, Codarts, Artez among others.
Astrid graduated from The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp (BE). She holds a BA Dance from Codarts (NL) and a BA of Arts (Honours) in Humanities (Art History and Philosophy) from the Open University (UK). Since 2021, she is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher.
Astrid will be teaching as part of the intensive workshops in Athens during 1-5 August 2022.
During this workshop week you will have the opportunity to dive into Astrid’s movement practice and take part in a choreographic research lab.
Astrid approaches the body as a space of discovery, as a territory that has fragile borders, which expand into other physical spaces and realities. Through improvisation tasks we will empty the body from its meaning and acquired knowledge so that we can start to reencounter the world from a new sensory space.
Through the week, will work on sensorial experiments and guided improvisations which will lead the participants through processes of self-discovery. We will focus on inner exploration, increasing the physical awareness and encourage you to expand the understanding of your body.
We will start the day with a yoga based warm-up after which we will explore different concepts of Astrid’s movement research. After the break we will continue with a choreographic research lab.