CASC supports an interdisciplinary and sustainable arts sector.
CASC works with artists and organizations to facilitate critical impact and meaningful value for both the internal and the external international stakeholders they serve.
CASC offers tailored expertise with a global perspective for each individual client, focusing on their unique needs. Our approach is savvy, hands-on and is led by robust research and practical solutions.
CASC was founded by Janine Dijkmeijer, Lobke Nabuurs and Claudia Laenen. After working as teammates for 5+ years at Nederlands Dans Theater and collaborating on multiple independent projects, they had a collective desire to deepen their unified approach to advancing the cultural sector and the performing arts field.
Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal are Dutch choreographers and renowned performing artists, as siblings they form a creative duo. After having enjoyed successful and prominent careers at the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company and/or Nederlands Dans Theater 1 & 2, they went on to pursue their own creativity. Their work is known to be multi-layered and surrealistic, with a strong and outspoken dance language known for its eclecticism, theatricality and partnering elements. After creating several works for Nederlands Dans Theater 2, in 2019 they created the highly praised ‘Take Root’ for Nederlands Dans Theater 1, which received a nomination for the Swan Award for ‘best dance production 2019’. Their latest work, ‘Baby don’t hurt me’ created for Nederlands Dans Theater 1 around the themes of identity, sexuality, gender and love was met with critical acclaim. Since 2021 CASC works as strategist and agent.
Photo Marne: Rahi Rezvani.
The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) is home to a community of dancers, creative collaborators, arts managers, and supporters dedicated to producing and presenting inspiring new dance for Aotearoa New Zealand and the world. Inspired by our whenua and operating within a bicultural framework, our whare welcomes creatives to reimagine their potential: a place for artists, audience, students and educators to research, expand, share and experience the evolving language of contemporary dance. Through this, we collectively create transformative and unforgettable dance for and from Aotearoa.
From June 2020 to July 2022 Janine Dijkmeijer worked as Executive Creative Director for NZDC working in New Zealand as well as The Netherlands. CASC will continue to work on international developments for the company.
Under the name of Rover, Roshanak Morrowatian and Mami Izumi create interdisciplinary dance performances based on social involvement and with an eye for artistic quality. They have a strong focus on cultural diversity and increasing social sensitivities to differences between individuals and cultures.
Roshanak (artistic director/choreographer) and Mami (general director/production), both trained as dancers, met in Maastricht during the creation of a dance performance. From mutually intriguing collaborations, fueled by the power and passion of their friendship, the desire grew to form their own foundation in Limburg.
Want to know more about Rover? Take a look at their website https://www.rover.company/
Nicole Beutler Projects realises performances and initiatives by the choreographic theatre artist and artistic director Nicole Beutler. We make interdisciplinary, visual work for both large and small venues in the Netherlands and beyond.
Our projects are driven by the desire for a better society. All Nicole Beutler’s activities are an invitation to reflect critically on human existence. “It is my responsibility as an artist to open new spaces in our thinking, both societally and artistically. Together we can change the world.”
We approach our work from a philosophy of non-hierarchical cooperation, slow production, long-term vision, and concern for the whole person and the planet. Quality, care, and attention are the core values on which Nicole Beutler Projects founds a diverse and inclusive company. Since 2021 CASC works as strategic advisor.
Nunes learned ballet in Rio the Janeiro through a ballet outreach program in the suburbs. Nunes is an internationally acclaimed dancer, who has worked with leading choreographers all over the world, learning also to deliver his own creative ideas to the stage and leave an impact, pushing the boundaries of dance to spark a sense of fantasy and newfound curiosity in others.
Since 2019 CASC works as an agent and manager.
chuthis. creates creates viscerally charged moving imagery to provoke thought, create change, and connect communities worldwide with cutting edge contemporary dance. chuthis. continuously strives to expand its community by offering diverse movement education programs and virtual experiences which foster technical and artistic development and explore mind/body familiarity, aiming to ignite an adventurous side of dance.
Since 2019 CASC works as an agent and international strategist.
Photo: Levi Walker.
IDT (Internationaal Danstheater) is one of the oldest dancing companies in The Netherland. Founded in 1961 it was focused on folklore dance performances with live music to provide a podium for worldwide dance cultures. In September 2019 Desiree Rebel started as Director with the goal to revive this special dance company. To honour its rich past and traditions while providing IDT with a new contemporary feel. Every people and culture has its unique expression in dance. IDT desires to hold on to this cultural uniqueness and diversity while creating new productions in collaboration with those who hold these traditions and can provide their perspective in our current world. Furthermore, IDT will focus on producing multidisciplinary performances to give a fresh perspective on cultural diversity in the origins of dance, always in collaboration, to appeal to a wide and diverse audience. In 2020 IDT has been strategic advisor for IDT going forward.
In 2021 CASC provided advise on strategy.
TILT is an in-disciplinary platform founded by choreographer Andrea Božić, visual artist Julia Willms and sound artist Robert Pravda to inspire and produce artistic practice and thinking beyond disciplines. The three make in-disciplinary works that re-organize perception and are a mix of live performance, installation, visual and sound art collaborations with the weather. All individual projects are parts of larger constellations and a cosmology-in-the-making.
In 2019 CASC provided advise on long term strategy and engagement.
Photo: Paul Beumer.
ICK (International Choreographic Arts Centre), directed by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten, is an acclaimed dance platform that produces international dance performances, collaborates with guest artists, and initiates various education and research projects. As the Amsterdam City Company for Contemporary Dance and as the resident company of Theater De Meervaart, ICK contributes to dance development in the city. In the coming years, ICK will work on further expanding the platform.
In 2020 CASC provided advise on digital strategy.
Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich are founders and of the Metamorphosis dance project. Iratxe and Igor and have worked in over 30 countries in multiple fields such as choreographing, dancing, teaching, producing and generating art works in collaborations with media artists. They also created a universal language that ‘speaks’ to a large variety of cultures and audiences called “Metamorphosis Method”.
In 2020 CASC provided advise on strategy and international engagement.
Photo: Danilo Moroni.
Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich started collaborating in 2013. They realized that their different backgrounds and approaches complemented each other’s artistic needs and visions and have enabled them to generate a universal language that would ‘speak’ to a large variety of cultures and audiences. Iratxe and Igor have developed their own dancing method called “Metamorphosis Method” and are founders and organizers of the Metamorphosis dance project. Based in Madrid, Spain within Centro Coreografico Canal, they have worked in over 30 countries in multiple fields such as choreographing, dancing, teaching, producing and generating art works in collaborations with media artists.
Iratxe Ansa is a Spanish dancer and choreographer educated at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica before graduating from the John Cranko Schule Stuttgart, Germany. She danced with Basel Ballet and Ballet Gulbelkian before joining Nacho Duato’s Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain. She later joined the Lyon Opera Ballet before becoming a member of Nederlands Dance Theatre under the direction of Anders Hellstrom. She has worked with choreographers such as Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Jacopo Godani, Johan Inger, Medhi Walerski, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Wayne McGregor, Alexander Ekman, to name a few. Iratxe won numerous prizes and mentions in choreographic competitions. She is now a freelance artist, dancing, choreographing and teaching all around the world.
Igor Bacovich is an Italian dancer, choreographer and teacher. Igor studied at “Accademia Nazionale di danza” (IT) and got his degree in CODARTS (NL). In the Netherlands he worked with several choreographers such as Bruno Listopad, Krisztina de Chatel, Nanine Linning among others. From 2008 to 2014 he worked in the social field in the Netherlands and Spain. Since 2014 Iratxe together with Igor Bacovich founded "i+i". The duo has collaborated on a variety of projects since several years, choreographing, dancing, teaching, organising events and producing shows.
More information about ‘Metamorphosis’ at www.metamorphosiswebpage.com
Based in the US, Peter began his training as a competitive gymnast, later nurturing his artistry at Dussich Dance Studio, where his evolution into dance began. After graduating from The Juilliard School, he performed with BJM Danse, EZdanza, Aszure Barton & Artists, Kidd Pivot and in
Chu has also served as the Rehearsal Director for Nederlands Dans Theater and created works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Charlotte Ballet II, Orlando Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Giordano Dance Chicago, SYTYCD, Naomi Stikeman’s Çaturn, Houston MET Dance, New Dialect, SALT Contemporary Dance, Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive, Springboard Danse Montreal, Harvard University, Point Park University, The Juilliard School, among others. Most recently, he premiered a creation for Juilliard New Dances entitled Play Well with Others, and a creation for Charlotte Ballet entitled Let Be, for its program Innovative Works: Shakespeare Reinvented.
This past season, Chu premiered new creations for Staatstheater Augsburg (Germany), and HSPro (Chicago.) Chu is currently developing a new creation with his own company, chuthis.
Chu has been an honoured recipient of numerous choreographic awards & commissions.
chuthis. creates creates viscerally charged moving imagery to provoke thought, create change, and connect communities worldwide with cutting edge contemporary dance that pushes the physical boundaries of movement. chuthis. continuously strives to expand its community by offering diverse movement education programs and virtual experiences. These programs foster technical and artistic development and explore mind/body familiarity, aiming to ignite an adventurous side of dance.
Juliano Nunes (b.1990) was raised in the suburb Vaz Lobo of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a predominately underprivileged community. When he was 16, he came in contact with a a ballet outreach program and saw the opportunity to learn ballet as a chance for him to get out of the crime ridden environment. Thanks to the help of the outreach program, he obtained a scholarship to the Brazilian Dance Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro. After attending a competition at the age of 18, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Mannheim University for Music and Performing Arts where he received a thorough professional classical dance education.
Throughout his career as a dancer he worked for companies such as the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Leipzig Opera Ballet, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Stuttgart Gauthier Dance. He has worked with the choreographers William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon,Hans van Manen,Jirí Kylián,Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Yuri Grigorovich and Akram Kahn among others, who by example showed him how he could deliver his own creative ideas to the stage and use his creativity to leave an impact on others.
Juliano has received international critical acclaim for his own choreography and has created new pieces for the Royal Ballet in London, Mariinsky Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Acosta Danza, Atlanta Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Netflix series “ Tiny Pretty Things”. Furthermore from 2020 onwards: Alina Cojocaru, FKA Twigs - Ballet de Santiago, Chile - Opera House Zurich and Staatsballett Hannover. He hopes to inspire others to question and push the boundaries of dance and to spark a sense of fantasy to reflection on their own lives with a newfound curiosity.
Janine is a performance curator and brings various art forms across traditional boundaries together to strengthen the quality of artistic development. Janine is known for building a strong network of partners across various disciplines. Janine is inspired by research and loves to share art with global audiences and communities.
From June 2020 to July 2021 Janine worked as Executive Creative Director for The New Zealand Dance Company. From 2014 to 2019 Janine was directing Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and part of building the new home for NDT in The Hague called AMARE. Before she was business manager of Dutch National Ballet (HNB), artistic director and co-founder of Cinedans and managing director, co-founder of Nicole Beutler Projects.
Lobke is intrigued by what art can accomplish in all it’s different forms for both audience and society. She seeks to help artists translate their ideas and concepts into a business strategy based on their artistic wishes. With the stakeholders Lobke manages to have excellent communication and with this she builds sustainable relationships and collaborations.
Lobke works as business manager of RIDCC. From 2013 to 2019 she worked as Manager Planning, Media and Music at Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), where she developed an extensive network of national and international cultural programmers, choreographers, musicians and composers.
Associate Partner and co-Founder
Claudia is a strong believer in cooperation and collaboration looking to create value and synergy for all stakeholders involved. Her fascination lies around creating strategic and sustainable collaborations within the cultural sector connecting with what fits and is possible for the diverse stakeholders. Claudia is challenged by impossibilities which makes her reach unexpected goals.
Claudia works as a freelance marketing professional and is head of marketing for De Nederlandse Dansdagen. From 2014 to 2019 she was marketeer at Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) where she developed both marketing as well as digital strategies.
Photo: Michal Meszaros
Ilter’s experience as both an agent/producer and presenter gives him a unique perspective on best practices for programming, audience development/engagement and project management/execution. Having worked as an entrepreneur, in both the for-profit and not-for-profit spheres, Ilter brings a wealth of pragmatic insight to his negotiating and consulting work and has a demonstrated ability to build mutually beneficial partnerships. Having founded two organizations, Ilter understands how a focus on granular detail and execution is linked to the success of big-picture ideas and events.
Ilter is the founder and artistic director of Fall for Dance North (FFDN) in Toronto. Previously, Ilter led his own touring agency Sunny Artist Management (2004-2020); co-founded Joyce Theater Productions (JTP) in New York City in partnership with The Joyce Theatre, acted as Artistic Advisor for Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, and curated for OFF the EDGE festival in Atlanta and FASS in Quebec.
Juliette feels that in an increasingly interdisciplinary world creating sustainable succes is achieved by focus and definition of shared dreams, tangible goals and clear words. As a partner in that process she has experienced that success is achieved when those involved become part of the story and form lasting collaborations. Her sensitivity to, and curiosity for, different individuals, groups and stakeholders makes her strong partner in this process.
Juliette works as freelance communications professional. She started at publishing house VNU followed by consultant roles for a diverse range of clients at Hill & Knowlton and Bex Communicatie. While living in Hong Kong she collaborated on the launch of a gallery, organised an international event and started her own company. She is part-time student at Gerrit Rietveld Academy.