Core Lecturers

Konstantina Georgelou, PhD, works in the fields of performing arts theory, dramaturgy and dance. She is currently core lecturer of ‘Discursive Practices’ and research advisor at the ArtEZ Master of Choreography. She completed her PhD research at the department of Theatre Studies at the University of Utrecht, with a scholarship from the A.S.Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. Her dissertation, entitled “performless: the operation of l’informe in postdramatic theatre” (2011), proposes the philosophical notion of l’informe (the formless) for the examination of dramaturgical strategies that appear in postdramatic theatre and dance performances. Previously she studied philosophy, psychology and education (School of Philosophy, University of Athens, GR), psychology (Freie Universität Berlin, DE), art theory and art management (City University of London, UK) and cultural analysis (Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL). In 2012 she was appointed as fellow postdoc researcher at the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, studying the scholarship on the intersection between brain research and performance. She has presented and published academic and non-academic articles in conferences, journals and catalogues of international performance festivals in Greece, Holland, Croatia, Canada, Colombia, UK, France, Finland. Among others, her publications have appeared in Performance Research Journal, Danswetenschap in de Nederland and AIR. She has collaborated in artistic and educational projects with Dansateliers Rotterdam, DasArts, the SNDO, the Amsterdam Master of Choreography, the University of Utrecht and the Kalamata International Dance Festival, she has worked as dramaturge, artistic advisor and performer with artists in Greece and in Holland, and has led workshops on dramaturgy. In 2011 she co-curated the PSi Regional Research Cluster in Athens, and is a founding member of the Institute for Live Arts Research in Greece.

Daniel_Rhatigan_oDaniel Rhatigan (b 1970) holds a BFA in graphic design from the Boston University School for the Arts (1992) and a MA with distinction in typeface design from the University of Reading (2007). He has been a guest lecturer at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design  and taught design and typography at the City College of New York and at the Pratt institute Center for Continuing and of Professional Studies. Among his many clients and collaborators are Performance Space 122, SpeakEasy Stage Company, the BBC World Service, the American Civil Liberties Union, Artlifedesign , Boag Associates, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Revelation Records. He has also worked among others for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, public television station Thirteen/WNET New York and Miles 33 International. More about him and his work can be found at

Nienke Terpsma is an artist and book designer. She studied fine art at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, now Artez. From 2001 till 2003 she did a masters in Typography and book design at Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, with a focus on editorial design.

Since 2003 she and Rob Hamelijnck have been the editors of the self initiated magazine and traveling artistic project Fucking Good Art that focuses on the social, political and personal context of the contemporary art practice. In the past, they settled for shorter or longer periods in places, among others, like Berlin, Dresden, Copenhagen, Riga, Basel, Zurich, Tbilisi and Italy, to make editions (publications and web-radio) of Fucking Good Art from the local context and in a constantly changing collective of thinkers and makers. Next to her own practice Nienke Terpsma worked till 2001 as a photographer for magazines, institutes and for commissioners from different cultural fields, among which the CNDO/EDDC. As an independent book designer she has since 2003 worked for institutes and publishing houses such as Piet Zwart Institute, NAi Publishers, Valiz, Routledge, as well as for, and in close collaboration with, various artists and authors.
She is interested in documentary and in the interaction between concepts, experience and action.

DSC_0002Joao da Silva studied dance in Brazil, Sweden, Iceland, and earned a BA in choreography at the European Dance Development Center in Arnhem, NL, where he also learnt Release, Body Mind Centering, improvisation and composition with among others Mary O’Donnell, Deborah Hay, Eva Karczag, Lisa Kraus, Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Peter Hulton, and Ellen Barlow. In 2004 he became a master NLP practitioner, being certified by the Neuro Linguistic Programming Center in New York City and in 2010 he obtained his Master Degree (cum laude) in Theater Science at the University of Utrecht. He has danced with and for Quilombo (Brazil) and Dance Alliance (directed by Mary O’Donnell, UK), and has over the years choreographed a number of small-scale works, also for theater. He has taught dance technique, improvisation and composition in Europe, Israel, Asia and South America and since 1995 he has been a lecturer at ArtEZ School of Dance, Arnhem, where since 2002 he also heads the Master of Choreography program (till June 2012 called Dance Unlimited). He has in January 2012 started his PhD at the University of Utrecht, where he is researching the nature of risk in dance improvisation.

Core teachers 02-11: Mary O’Donnell (02-08) , Henriette Verburgh (02-05), Ivar Hagendoorn (05-06), Annemoon Geurts (05-08), Dinie van den Heuvel (05-08), Ric Allsopp (08-11)