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Dalton Jansen

Dalton Jansen (Rotterdam, 1993) is an ambitious, young choreographer and enterprising maker. In 2014 he won the audience award at The Rotterdam Open Podium. The following year, together with Gihan Koster and Terencio Douw of The Double Collective, he won the audience and jury prize at Fanatics in Rotterdam. He also won the Hip Hop Games – an international competition in France that collaborates with Summer Dance Forever in Amsterdam, among others. 

After completing his education in Urban Contemporary (JMD) at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, he made several dance performances under the name Dalton Jansen Choreography. Under the wings of Production House TR, he released the triptych To The Edge.

Dalton's work is a combination of multiple disciplines; such as spoken word, hip hop, contemporary and breakdance. With the help of the new maker grant from Fonds Podiumkunsten and partner organizations Conny Janssen Danst, DOX, and Productiehuis TR, Dalton now has the space to research his own dance vocabulary and define what his movement language actually means. The research took place with two groups of dancers (Black Birds and Birds) and the results will be shared in a documentary at the end of 2022.

Dalton founded his own dance company BLACK BIRDS in Rotterdam-West in 2021. He wants to set up special programs with this company to be able to work with new talent and to provide space for talent classes for young people who have entered difficult social positions.

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