Jeroen Verbruggen

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Belgian choreographer, based in Berlin.

He studied ballet at The Royal Belgian Ballet School in Antwerp, and The National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto.
He successfully participated at the Prix de Lausanne (2000). His first choreographed solo “Hyperballad” won at the Eurovision contest for young dancers, in London (2001). Jeroen danced with The Royal Ballet of Flanders and the Ballet d’Europe, to finally join Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in 2004, for whom he danced 10 years.

In his dance career, Jeroen, experienced to create and dance major roles both classical as well as contemporary, significant encounters with maestro choreographers and styles such as: Jean-Christophe Maillot, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Marco Goecke, Jan Fabre, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Emio Greco, Johan Inger, …

Parallel to his dancing, Jeroen always choreographed. Every possible opportunity to participate in young choreographer & young scenographer projects, lead him into creating for Belgian National Television “Vervlogen” (2001), the Monaco Dance Forum “Jack(L)in the Box” (2011) and multiple micro works for the Princess Grace Dance Academy, …

In 2012, he’s given his first big chance by Jean Christophe Maillot, creating “Kill Bambi” for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, which is live broadcasted all over Europe on Arte web live. He since, has choreographed many works for the Monegasque company, where he was given the chance as a young choreographer in residence to explore freely and grow while creating. Arithmophobia (2013), True and False Unicorn (2015), L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges (2016), Massâcre (2017) which was revived in Geneva (May, 2021), “Aimai-je un rêve?”, after L’Apres midi d’un Faune (2018), “Les Nuls” (2023)

In 2014, Jeroen decides to end his career as a dancer to devote all his energy to create. This was slightly initiated with the invitation to create his first full length story ballet “Casse-Noisette” for the Ballet du Grand theatre de Geneve, which was for 7 years very present on the companies’ touring repertory. And was invited to the prestigious “Dance Open” Festival in St. Petersburg. He’s re-invited to Geneva to create his first double bill “Ba/rock” composed of “Iris” and “Vena Amoris” (October 2016). In May 2021, he revived “Massâcre Anon” for the company.

Jeroen Verbruggen is versatile in his work, he choreographs for both classical and contemporary companies, including 8 full evening works. “A Mighty Wind” for National dance company Wales (summer, 2015) which even toured to “Sziget” Hungarian music Festival, “Pointless” for Ballet National de Marseille (november, 2016), “Ma mère L’Oye” for Ballet Flanders (may, 2016) also broadcasted worldwide. “Orphic Hymn” an evening filling Triptych Ballet for the National Slovenian Ballet (November 2017). “Sciamachy” for the Finnish National Ballet (May 2019), followed a new energetic, full length dance marathon entitled “Dance Hall” for Theatre Ballet Moscow (june 2019), “La fille mal Gardée” for Ballett Basel theater (November, 2021)

In Germany he’s created: “Where have all the Flowers gone” for Ballet Nuremberg (June 2016), “The Great Trust” for the Hessisches staats ballett, premiered in Darmstadt (April, 2018). An experimental full-length 360° ballet performance “Open (S)pace” for Ballet im Revier, Gelsenkrichen (May 2018).“Minute made” participation with “X” of Theater Gartnerplatz, Munich (July, 2019). “Dornröschen, Once upon a dream” for Leipziger Ballett, Germany (November, 2019) NOMINATED FOR “DER FAUST 2020”, “Der Feuerfögel” for Staatsballett Karlsruhe (January, 2021), “Amor & Psyche?” for National Theater Mannheim (May, 2022)

In the summer of 2022, Jeroen accepts to collaborate for the first time with Tobias Kratzer’s new take on Rossini’s opera “Moise & Pharaon” premiered at the “Festival lyrique d’Aix” and Opera de Lyon. This collaboration is renewed for Tobias Kratzer’s “Arabella” for the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the winter of 2023. Jeroen’s newest creation is a new interpretation of Pulcinella “Les Nuls” for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo joining forces with Charlie le Mindu and Wolfgang Menardi.

Jeroen currently prepares new creations for Ballet Rijeka (Croatia, 2023) and a new full length ballet of his own original fairytale “Hokus&Pokus” for Staatsballett Hannover (Germany, 2024).

Magazines, awards and critics have praised Jeroen’s work over the past 10 years, as an engaging young choreographer on all levels and is in high demand across Europe.

Jeroen’s work is an all-in-all visual trip, he owes his successes to his many collaborators, where high Fashion meets circus meets traditional meets electronic laughter:
“Charlie le Mindu, “ON AURA TOUT VU”, Emmanuel Maria, Tim Van Steenbergen, Clifford Portier, Ines Alda, Emilie Roy, Fabiana Piccioli, Chiara Stephenson, Remy Nicolas, Ben Ormerod, Samuel Thery, Tina Alloncle, Stefan Levin, Benjamin Magnin, Thomas Mika, Emiliano Ferri, Agalie Vandamme, Sebastien Mari, Sander Loonen, Eva Adler, Atej Tutta, Ana Savic Gecan, Billy Sueiro, Aleksandr Shaikin, Erika Turunen, Dmitry Razumov, Jürgen Kirner, Paul Surdidge, Wolfgang Menardi, …”