Koen De Preter (1981, Bonheiden) is both choreographer and performer. In his work, he has a fascination for performers of all kinds of ages and backgrounds. He strives for the human touch instead of looking for technical perfection. The use of eclectic soundtracks are a constant in his creations.
This summer, we are glad to present the second edition of YoYoGi at festival Zomer van Antwerpen. YoYoGi is a big participatory site-specific event inspired by Yoyogipark in Tokyo. During seven Sundays a park in the city of Antwerp will be transformed into an artistic hangout full of dance and music. Everyone is welcome to perform at the open stage, join free workshops or play the park piano!
In 2017 Koens newest creation To Belong, in which nine actors with a mental disability take center stage, will tour again around Belgium. To Belong is a production by and with Theater Stap (Turnhout, Belgium). Premiere was on March 10th 2016 in Turnhout. This moving group choreography got standing ovations at Internationales Festival Freiburg and Potsdamer Tanztage.
In 2014 Koen created 15 Seconds of Fame, a piece for young audiences with three dancers, for Danish production house Aabendans (Roskilde). The internationally acclaimed production J O U R N E Y, a duet with 89-year old dancer Alphea Pouget, was created in 2013.
Other productions were The House That Built Us, a collaboration with Antwerp based theatre collective UNM (2012) and While things can change with Maria Ibarretxe from the Basque Country. This show was short-listed for Circuit X in 2011, a quality label for young talent, and performed at Het Theaterfestival in Brussels. In 2010 Koen made a duet entitled Sometimes it’s there with the Swede Ulrika Kinn Svensson, which was selected for the Aerowaves 2011 European tour and Dansclick 12 in the Netherlands.
At the beginning of his career he made a number of creations under the wing of fABULEUS (Leuven), including the internationally successful We dance to forget with Maria Ibarretxe.
As a dancer Koen has worked for several international companies and choreographers, including Raimund Hoghe (Brussels/Bruges), Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin), Fanny & Alexander (Ravenna), T.R.A.S.H. (Tilburg), Keren Levi (Groningen) and United-C (Eindhoven). He obtained the bachelor's degree in dance at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg.