BIOGRAPHY

LOUISE COETZER, IMAGE BY DUANE HOWARD.jp
LOUISE COETZER

                                                  (b 1980, South Africa) 

is a multidisciplinary dance artist working within the genres of site-specific performance creation, choreography for the stage, and dance film. Her works are experiential, experimental and innovative, and often have interdisciplinary collaboration at their core.

 

Coetzer’s research on the use of new technologies and media applications as presentation tools, is ongoing. A focus on developing new audiences for dance, by connecting the form to the world outside the theatre, informs this exploration of new modes to develop work that is forward - looking and truly contemporary.

 

Her works offer audiences a unique dance experience that simultaneously engages and delights on multiple levels. 

                                 

Coetzer has created a vast collection of original works with a strong focus on the complexities inherent in human interaction, and the exploration of alternative approaches. Recent commissions include deus::ex::machina for the Pan African Telematic Art Project, featured at Ars Electronica (Linz,Austria), Vrystaat Kunstefees, The Pan African Creative Exchange and Fak’ugesi Festival of African Digital Innovation; META | m o r p h for CREATIVATE at the virtual National Arts Festival; and WRPD for the Iziko Planetarium Under The Dome Festival. 

Her performance works have been showcased at the the Zeits Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the Centre For The Less Good Idea, Dance Umbrella, Baxter Dance Festival, the National Arts Festival, and the Norval Foundation. Coetzer has been featured in group exhibitions for Gallery MOMO, Puncture Points & World Design Capital Cape Town. Her screen dance works have screened at Video Art Miden (Greece), 40 North Festival (Calif. USA), Foreign Exchange (Paris, France), Ubumuntu Arts Festival (Kigali,Rwanda), Agite Y Sirva (Oaxaca, Mexico), The British Film Institute (London, UK) and Global Art & Moving Images (Pinsio, Finland). 

Awards include Best Film Award at Under The Dome Festival; Top Three Jury Film Award at Danceador Videodance Fest (USA); Best Choreography Award at PANSA 48 hr Festival; Best Choreography Nomination at Cape Town Fringe Festival; and Best Contribution to Public Art Nomination from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

Coetzer obtained a B. Tech Degree in Dance, with Movement Composition as major from the Pretoria Technikon, and is currently living and working in Cape Town. 

She is  founder and artistic director of Darkroom Contemporary Dance Theatre, a project-based dance theatre company formed as a vehicle to reimagine dance through its innovative approach to staging and presenting performance works. Coetzer is a guest lecturer at the University Of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre Dance and Performance Studies, and teaches as part of the contemporary dance faculty at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts.