About

Elisabeth Borgermans is a dancer, performer, choreographer and dance teacher born in 1982 in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She studied linguistics and literature at the University of Leuven. After graduating from college, she started at the Fontys dance academy in Tilburg. She then continued her dance education at the Artesis Royal Conservatory of Dance in Antwerp (in Lier at the time) and graduated in 2009. Since then she's based in Brussels and is involved in many different projects and academies.

Elisabeth performing at Nuit Blanche in Brussels.
Photo by Thibault Gregoire

As a performer and dancer she worked for AINSI/Maastricht (with Gwendalyne van Erp), Festival over het IJ Amsterdam, M-idzomerfestival/30cc/Museum M Leuven, Musea KMSK/MAS Antwerp, the collective Who Makes Paintings Anyway? (with Thomas Vantuycom, Kevin Trappeniers and Sara Tan), Edith Cassiers, Marie Martinez, Compagnie Dérivation, Kendell Geers and Vera Tussing.

As a contemporary dance and improvisation teacher, she's worked with Kunsthumaniora Brussel, Wisper, KunstAcademie Zaventem and Platform-K, amongst others.

As a choreographer, she has been developing her work in collaboration as well as independently, with showings at the Museum of Fine Arts Brussels, Studio Hybrid, Cie Point-Zéro, the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels (supported by Charleroi-Danses and Le Conseil des Arts de la Danse de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles), Studio Chez Georges and OPEK Leuven. In autumn 2015 she continued her choreographic investigations at Vormingscentrum Destelheide in Belgium and The Freezer in Iceland, where she was an artist in residence for one month. During spring 2016 she created and performed the solo-piece To Paint is to Love Again, with support of Theatre De NWE Vorst and in dialogue with DansBrabant in Tilburg (the Netherlands).

During winter, spring and summer 2017, Elisabeth has been living in Portugal where she was part of the Intensive Program in Choreography and Interpretation, organised by dance company Companhia Instável in Teatro do Campo Alegre in Porto. Here she's had the chance to work on choreography, and study with choreographers and artists such as Cristina Planas Leitão, Joclécio Azevedo, Helder Seabra, Victor Hugo Pontes, Joana von Mayer Trindade, Bruno Listopad, Miguel Moreira, amongst others. In this context, she co-created the duet No with Uruguayan dancer Matias Arismendi, performed in Teatro do Campo Alegre in July 2017. She also co-created the piece Hermit with Camilla Soave for Companhia Instável, performed at the Casa da Arquitectura in Matosinhos, and the solo-performance While We Wait.

In the season 2018 and 2019 Elisabeth is working on her research-project 'A Dance Allegory' (working title), with residencies in P.A.R.T.S/Rosas (Brussels), Vormingscentrum Destelheide, Companhia Instavel (Porto), Teatro Rivoli (Porto) and DansBrabant (Tilburg). In Porto (Portugal) she shared her work with a group of 11 professional local dancers during a research-week and an open rehearsal. Out of this research she is composing a new dance performance. In the meantime also her teaching practice keeps developing, e.g. at Kunsthumaniora Brussels (as a replacement) and in other educational projects, focussed on the sharing of dance technique linked to artistic and compositional practices.