The Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman was born in 1967 and was educated at The Scapino Academy in Amsterdam. Upon finishing her education, Didy danced in many well-known companies such as Scapino Ballet, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Rambert Dance Company.
In 1992, she wished to start a career in choreography and therefore started her own company called Alias. The first work 'En Manque' was well recieved and won two large choreographic awards: Dance Exchange International 1993 and Prix Romand des Briller 1994. Working with Rambert Dance Company since 1994, she left in 2000 to concentrate completely on her choreographic career and since has created for companies such as: Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Canada), Ballet Gulbenkian (Portugal), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (USA), Rambert Dance Company (England), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Royal New Zealand Ballet (New Zealand), Iceland Dance Company (Iceland), among others.
Veldman combines modern dance with classical technique and her choreographic specialty lies in her ability to mix different genres in an athletic, creative and physical way, always together with the human story. She works closely with painters, designers and composers and the music that she uses spans from classical works, to jazz, electronic and new compositions.
The Dutch choreographer, dancer and 'shooting star' Wubkje Kuindersma was born in Cameroun by Dutch parents. She was educated at Codarts/Rotterdam Dance Academy in Holland, where she graduated in 1998.
As a dancer, she has guested many well-known companies such as Nürnburg Ballet, Gulbenkian Ballet, Random Dance and Danish Dance Theatre, among others, and quickly found out that choreography was the direction she wanted to pursue. Kuindersma is regarded as one of Hollands most exciting, up-and-coming choreographers at the moment and during the last few years has recieved recognition both inside and outside of Hollands borders. As a choreographer, she is facinated with the synergy between dance and theatre and her works build bridges between classical technique and modern dance.
Her first choreography in 2010, 'Aquasomnia' recieved awards for 'Outstanding Performance' and 'Exquisite Movement Quality' at the Choreography Competition U30 in Cologne. And since then, her career has skyrocketed, as she has already choreographed for many reknowned venues such as Korzo Theatre, Noverre Society, The National Youth Ballet and Codarts, among others. In May of 2016, Kuindersma recieved the talent award BNG Bank Dance Award and in 2015 was chosen for the talent development project DANSLOKKAL, by the prestigious Dutch dance house, Korzo.