Douglas Becker, based in Brussels, Belgium, is a choreographer and educator working in many idioms. He is a former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, 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 institutions across the globe.
He studied ballet with Natasha Krassovska, Stanley Hall, Marjorie Mussman, Maggie Black, Erik Bruhn, David Howard and Melissa Hayden; thus, carrying a broad resume teaching technique, improvisation, composition and repertory. His own 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. He is a guest faculty member for P.A.R.T.S. Brussels, New York University, the University of California Irvine, and the National Conservatories of Paris and Lyon among others.
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/American Dance Festival Masters of Fine Arts international extended studies program, under the direction of UArts School of Dance Director 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. To date, he has organized residency programs for six groups of students at both the master’s and bachelor level throughout Austria, France and Belgium, where they have had in-depth experience showing their work, watching performances, networking, studying and immersing themselves into the culture of the cities and venues they visited. In 2010, Douglas Becker began as master lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Class Schedule, Spring 2015
|F||05:30PM - 08:20PM||Pedagogies of Perf. in Dance|
|M||04:00PM - 05:20PM||Senior Seminar|
|-||Sr. Project & Crit I|
|-||Topics: Touring Ensemble|