(b 1980, South Africa) is a choreographer 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. She obtained a Bachelors 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, a project-based dance theatre company formed as a vehicle to reimagine dance through its innovative approach to staging and presenting performance works.


Louise has choreographed a vast collection of original works with a strong focus on the complexities inherent in human interaction and the exploration of alternative approaches. She was the commissioned artist for the 2016 Baxter Dance Festival and one of thirteen artists commissioned by Burgan Cape Terminals to create work for Puncture Points in 2017. Recently she staged new works at the Centre for the Less Good Idea and the Zeits Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa and was nominated for a Fringe FRESH CREATIVE Award at the 2016 Cape Town Fringe Festival. She was commissioned by the Iziko Planetarium and UCT Centre for Curating the Archive to create new film content for their digital dome. Her immersive film WRPD was awarded best film in the inaugural Under the Dome Festival of experimental film.


Her work has been showcased at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, the Baxter Dance Festival and Dance Umbrella, and she has produced works for The Baxter Theatre Centre, Unmute Dance Company, the Dance For All InSPIRAtions Company, Northern Dance Project, Cape Junior Ballet Company and the Cape Academy of Performing Arts. Her Screendance work, The Forgotten, won a Jury Award in the Danceador Videodance Festival (USA), while film work, DEAD AIR was awarded as Top Ten Film in the Letters from the Sky Festival of Visual Poetry and part of the Official International Selection of touring festival Agite Y Sirva (Mexico). 


Coetzer approaches dance making as a medium for narrative and connection - that of the bodies within space, but also with the aim of connecting dance as art form to the world outside the studio or theatre, and to other art forms. This act of connecting the dance making process to that of another artistic language has inspired, and often demanded constant new approaches to the work, and spills over into her site-specific performance and dance film projects. In 2020, Louise creates new commissions for the Kucheza Afrika Festival, The Vrystaat Kunstefees and new works for Darkroom Contemporary’s 10 Year Anniversary seasons. 

© 2020 Louise Coetzer. Images by Oscar O'Ryan & Duane Howard

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