24/25 Choreographers Imre and Marne van Opstal

Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal are Dutch choreographers
and renowned performing artists, as siblings they form a
creative duo. After having enjoyed successful and prominent
careers at the prestigious Nederlands Dans Theater 1 & 2 and/or
Batsheva Dance Company, they went on to pursue their own

The collaborative nature of their work often speaks to the
human condition, limits and possibilities of the body and mind.
Their work is known to be multi-layered and surrealistic, with a
strong and outspoken dance language known for its eclecticism,
theatricality and partnering elements.

They created ‘LiNK’ and ‘John Doe’ for Nederlands Dans
Theater 2 program ‘Up & Coming Choreographers’ after which
they debuted with their work ‘The Grey’ for their regular
programming. In 2019 they created ‘Take Root’ for Nederlands
Dans Theater 1, which received a nomination for the Swan
Award for ‘best dance production 2019’. Their latest work,
‘Baby don’t hurt me’ created for Nederlands Dans Theater 1
around the themes of identity, sexuality, gender and love was
met with critical acclaim. After which they continued to create
‘Eye Candy’ with Rambert Dance Company and ‘The little
man’ for Nationaltheater Mannheim.

Imre (left) and Marne (right) van Opstal. Photo by Hugo Thomassen.