Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Creative Team - direction

Martin Butler  - Director

Martin Butler is a British born Choreographer , Performance Director and Art Director.

He was trained in Drama at Manchester University, and than later Choreographry and Perfromance at Amsterdam School of the Arts, in the Netherlands.

On graduating he won the Prince Bernhard prize for most promising graduate, the year later he received the Amsterdam Encouragement prize for Choreographry for his short piece with the Dutch National Ballet, and came first in the NL/ NRW competition for new Dutch and German choreographers. Since 1998 he has been staging dance and performance work, at various theatres and festivals in europe. His work always bridged and combined various disciplines, dance, theatre, music, film, performance, new media, and fashion, and through this interdisciplinary approach his work explores the new dramatic that the combination of different genres facilitate.

He has collaborated in the past with the Dutch National Ballet, Dansgroup Kriztina de Chatel, Yoyoi Kusama /Andrea Crews, Wiels Museum in Brussels, Hochschule for Neue Media Köln, Masahiro Miwa and Annimax Multimedia Theater Bonn, David Linton, New York , The Drama Academy of Cluj- Napoca, Romania, Renée Coraij (Jan Fabre), Flora and fauna visions, Berlin, and Chen Shi Zheng and Paul Daniel, Bregenz festival in Austria, amongst many others next to developing his own productions with the Liminal Institute that he was artistic director of until 2012.

His New media and installation work has been shown in the European Media arts festival in Osnabrück, Fondacion Telefonica in Lima, Pixxelpoint festival in Slovenia, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, Marres, Masstricht, Salon Amsterdam and Mediamatic, amongst many others. In 2009 he created a flash mob performance for the 20th anniverary of the fall of the Berlin wall, where 10,000 people remade the path of the original wall route .

From 2004 - 2012 he has been working on the creative and curatorial team of Mediamatic, Amsterdam, developing exhibitions and events, including the Amsterdam Bienalle and the IK, IK, I K series of exhibitions dealing with self representation.

In 2010 -2012 he collaborated as researcher and writer, for a project of Delft University and Prof. Caroline Nevejan, examining performance presence and trust in the internet age, the book will be published in Summer 2012.

Since 1993 he has also been working as a commercial Art Director for fashion related events, and has collaborated with Diesel, Diesel Black Gold, Moshino, Lee jeans, Harmont and Blaine, Aliveshoes, Camel active,  FILA, And Beyond, Andrea Crews, and Elle, amongst many others.

Apart from  creating a shadow play version of Lully's Baroque Opera, “Persée” for children, together with the Italian Baroque Ensemble L'aura Rilucente premiering this summer at the International Theatre Festival of Almagro, Spain, and  he will premiere two new short films at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Turkey in Fall, and is developing a new opera based on the  Aldus Huxley's "Brave New World"  for  2013/2014.

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