Joop Oonk is a dance practitioner who was born in 1989 in Thailand and grew up in Oman and in The Netherlands. In 2007 she started with a professional dance education in Haarlem. After two years she switched to Codarts, school of arts in Rotterdam, where she finished her education in 2012. In her final year she did a placement at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU), where she studied Turkish traditional dance. With support from the VSB fund she graduated (2013) with a Master in Dance Cultures at the University of Surrey. She has a minor in choreographic practice and site-specific work. In both minors and her thesis ‘improvisation’ was the key ellement. Besides studying she worked inter-alia with Piet Rogie, Erik Kaiel, Stopgap Dance Company, Nicola Conibere, Nicolas Salazar, Platform-K, Indepen-Dance and George Adams. In 2013 she established and founded Misiconi Dance Company, as an artistic director she is leading this inclusive dance company based Rotterdam.

quote by Lucy Bennett artistic director of Stopgap Dance Company (2014)

Joop fitted into the team instantly and soon made herself an essential part of the choreographic process of ‘Artificial Things’. She has a magical way of getting onto the director’s wavelength and then is able to translate their early concepts into inventive movement ideas and material. She is unafraid to ask questions, but does so in a sensitive way, every artistic process could do with a Joop!



2012-2013 MA Dance Cultures, University of Surrey, Guildford
2012 BA Dance Teacher, Codarts Rotterdam
2010-2011, ITU Istanbul Technical University, Turk Halk Oyunlari, Turkish Folk dance
2006-2008, MBO-DANCE (BOL) Nova College Haarlem

Choreographic projects

2017 Dance and technology, guest choreographer Indepen-Dance, Findhorn
2017 Flirt Fantasies KIADA festival South Korea, Misiconi DC
2017 Delft Fringe Festival, Storyteller Loops, Misiconi DC
2017 BLOCKS, D-CAF festival Cairo, Misiconi DC
2016 Festival aan de Maas, Ode aan de plastic zak, Misiconi DC
2016 FLUX Flirt Fantasies, Misiconi DC
2016 Delft Fringe Festival, Ode aan de plastic zak, Misiconi DC
2015-2016 Videoclip, Science of the Heart, Misiconi DC
2015-2016 Garage TDI Choreographer Rat & Spider with Selmar Jurian
2015-2016 Guest Artist, Choreographer at Indepen-Dance Glasgow
2015 Jan-March Guest Choreographer at Platform-K, Ghent
2014 25/26 October, Guest Choreographer at Cultureel Centrum Leopoldsburg
2013 Choreographing harpist and musicians Nederlands Blazers Ensemble Nieuwjaarsconcert 2013-2014
2013 2/3/4 October, Guest Choreographer with photographer Ted Oonk at Theater Maatwerk, Rotterdam
2013 Choreographic Assistant Stopgap Dance Company. For production Artificial Things, collaborating with Lucy Bennett, Chris Pavia and David Toole.
2012-2013 JA NO Company, Cheap Blue

Dance productions

2017 Solo Maassluis Museum
2016-2017 Flirt Fantasies Tour
2016 Murikamification, Arch8
2016 – 2016 Garage TDI, Dancer, Hijs de Zeilen, Ratjetoe, Rat & spider
2015 Oct Dancer at Indepen-Dance 4, DanceLive Festival Aberdeen, City Moves
2015 Sept Curve by Schweigman&
2015 Aug Indepen-Dance 4, Vousz by George Adam at Fringe Festival Edinburgh
2013 – 2015 Integrance, You et Vous, EU project, Stopgap Dance Company dancer SG2
2014  Danstheater Zirr, Hijs de Zeilen, dancer
2013 12th October Solo Jubileumconcert Messa Di Voce, renaissance music & dance
2013 3th September ‘Structured Light by Sebastian Melo at the Coporeal Computing Conference
2013 2/3/4 September ‘Moments in Place’ by Kirk Woolford at the corporeal Computing Conference
2013 30th June JA NO COMPANY performance at Music Conference Huddersfield
2013 24/25 May ‘My Home’ dance/theatre performance at The Lightbox Woking
2012 – 2013 JA NO Company, Artistic Director
2013 22 March performance Cheap Blue JA NO COMPANY at Agony Art, London
2013 March ‘Assembly’ – by Nicola Conibere at Nottdance Festival (Dance4), dancer
2012 14 Dec Performance with Annelie Nederberg at Leeds International for Innovations in Music Production and Composition.
2011 Youth Production ‘Keep Dreaming’, Theater Zuidplein, PR, costume, dancer
2010 ‘Stardust’ by Piet Rogie, Rotterdam, Dancer


2015 – Codarts Guest Teacher
2014 – Holland Dance Den Hague, PEST, DanceAble, Gray Vibes/Good Old Times
2014 – MAAS Theater en Dans, Rotterdam, workshops poppeteer & dance theatre
2013 – Danshuis Haarlem, Dance Teacher improvisation
2013 –  Hermanbroeren School Delft, Dance Teacher
2013 –  SKVR, Dance Teacher, KunstID, School Pojects, Contemporary
2013 –  Pier K Hoofddorp, Ballet, Contemporary Dance Teacher
2013 cover/supply dance classes at Surrey Sportspark, Dance Teacher
2012 Dans Centrum Utrecht, contemporary, modern-jazz dance teacher
2012 – De Vak, Delft, ballet/contemporary dance teacher
2011 ITU, Istanbul Technical University, contemporary dance teacher
2011 Yildiz Technical University Istanbul, contemporary dance teacher
2011 Amy Biehl foundation, Cape Town, dance teacher
2011 Dans en Ballet studio Jolein, Heemstede, dance teacher
2010-2011 UCK Utrechtse Centrum voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, contemporary dance teacher


Hart van de Stad Amsterdam
Down + up Magazine 2016
Dans Magazine
LKCA Stuck between a rock and a hard place
Disability Arts International
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