Scientific team

To guarantee the quality of the content of the workshops and the tangible output, the partners decided to work with an independent, scientific team of established dramaturges, who in dialogue with the artistic directors will further design, implement and accompany the project as facilitators.

The scientific team consists of Guy Cools (B/AT), Maja Hriesik (SK), Katalin Trencsényi (HU/UK) and Anne-Marije Van Den Bersselaar (NL). They are chosen for their complementary skills in the field of dance dramaturgy. Like the partners, they also ensure geographic diversity.

Maja Hriešik

Maja Hriešik is a dramaturge, lecturer and researcher. Born in Novi Sad, ex-Yugoslavia, living in Slovakia from the late 90s, where she completed MA studies in aesthetics and theatre directing and dramaturgy. She works as a freelance performance artist in the field of opera and dance, curator for festivals, international presentations of Slovak dance and workshop programs for emerging performers. She was editor-in-chief of the dance magazine Salto (2006 –2011), regularly publishes texts on dance and hosts a program on public space and activism on Slovak public radio. Gradually she devoted herself more to production dramaturgy, collaborating with Slovak and Czech choreographers of different generations. She published a book of essays entitled On Corporeal Dramaturgies in Contemporary Dance (2013) and is a lecturer at the Dance Faculty in Bratislava (classes on dance dramaturgy, history and aesthetics of dance). She is a founding member of PlaST – Platform for Contemporary Dance, whose aim is to advocate for better conditions and visibility of Slovak contemporary dance


Katalin Trencsényi is a dramaturge and researcher, based in London. Her areas of interest are contemporary theatre and performance, dance dramaturgy, collaborative processes, and multi-modal play development. As an independent dramaturge, Katalin has worked with the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Corali Dance Company, Company of Angels, and Jody Oberfelder Projects, amongst others. Katalin has taught dramaturgy internationally, including in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Russia, and the USA. From 2015 to 2019 she worked as a tutor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). She is the author of Dramaturgy in the Making. A User's Guide for Theatre Practitioners (2015), the editor of Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch (2016), co-editor of New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (2014), and editor of the dramaturgy section of the global theatre portal,

Guy Cools

Guy Cools is a Belgian dance dramaturge, currently living in Vienna. He has worked as a dance critic and dance curator. He curated from 1990 till 2002, the dance program of Arts Centre Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium. As a production dramaturg, he worked amongst others with Jean Abreu (UK), Koen Augustijnen (BE), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BE), Danièle Desnoyers (CA), Alexander Gottfarb (AT), Lia Haraki (CY), Akram Khan (UK), Joshua Monten (SUI), Arno Schuitemaker (NL) and Stephanie Thiersch  (DE). With the Canadian choreographer, Lin Snelling, he developed an improvised performance practice Rewriting Distance that focuses on the integration of movement, voice and writing.

As a dramaturgical mentor, he has been mentoring Anghiari Dance Hub, the International Choreographer’s Week in Tilburg, the project Danse et Dramaturgie in Switzerland; the Biennale Dance College in Venice and the Atlas program of Impulstanz in Vienna. He is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, where he finished a practice-based PhD on the relationship between dance and writing.  He lectures and teaches at different universities and arts colleges in Europe and Canada, among others the University of Ottawa and the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg.

His most recent publications include The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts, co-edited with Pascal Gielen (Valiz, 2014); In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (Valiz, 2015); Imaginative Bodies, dialogues in performance practices (Valiz, 2016) and The Choreopolitics of Alain Platel’s les ballets C de la B, co-edited with Christel Stalpaert and Hildegard De Vuyst (Bloomsbury, 2019), Performing Mourning. Laments in Contemporary Art (Valiz, 2021)


Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar

Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar is a dramaturge in dance and performance art. For the past 12 years she has worked with various international choreographers, including Mor Shani, Hilde Elbers, Kristel van Issum and Joost Vrouenraets. She graduated in 2012 with an MA in Theatre Studies at the University of Utrecht, with a thesis in academic dance curricula perceived as artistic constructs. Three years ago she founded the Concept Store for Artistic Strategies: A Design Agency for Creative Storytelling (2015) to engage dramaturgical processes in various creational contexts and domains. She has been teaching art theory, philosophy and research courses at Fontys Dance Academy for over seven years. In 2014, she took part in the international Erasmus+ Project "Inclusive Dance. The Transferable Skills of the Dance Artist" as a researcher and content developer of the platform (2017). This project was in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague. In addition, she co-designed the new cross-disciplinary FHK Masters program Performing Public Space (PPS). In June 2018, she took up a position at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures (St. Joost School of Fine Art and Design, Avans University of Applied Sciences) to coordinate innovation and the positioning of their current masters programs in Animation, Situated Design, Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice and Ecology Futures.

Animation film of the Concept Store for Artistic Strategies