Douglas Becker US
Douglas Becker is a freelance choreographer and teacher working in many idioms. A former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet New York, The National Ballet of Canada, The Dallas Ballet and The Frankfurt Ballet under the direction of William Forsythe of which he has reconstructed numerous works by the choreographer for professional companies, festivals, and educational institutions across the globe. In Ballet he was taught by Nathalia Krassovska, Stanley Hall, Marjorie Mussman, Maggie Black, David Howard, and Melissa Hayden; thus, carrying a broad resume teaching Ballet, improvisation, composition, and repertory. His choreography has been featured on the stages of Belgium’s Royal Flemish Theatre, Switzerland’s Grand Theatre de Genève, and the Choreographic Centers of Grenoble and Nancy in France, and has been visiting faculty for P.A.R.T.S. Brussels, New York University, The University of California Irvine, and the national conservatories of Paris and Lyon among many others. Mr. Becker's collaborative process of choreographic development improvises upon and utilizes dancers' individual talents and characteristics. Between 2007 and 2011 Douglas Becker founded the Hollins University Master of Fine Arts International extended study abroad program, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield; introducing students to new ways of imagining their research, advancing their abilities to realize their work in a larger context, and supporting their participation in dialogues that move across geographies as well as disciplines. A 2012/13 artist-in-residence at University North Carolina School of the Arts, Douglas Becker began as visiting master lecturer at The University of the Arts Philadelphia 2010-present, where he is also responsible for the dance departments international touring programme.