About us

Michael Maurissens and Douglas Bateman founded the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv in Cologne in 2009.
The MDK is dedicated to creativity and exchange. Inviting artists and experts to collaborate on the choreographing of unique works that are influenced by the fields of architecture and conflict mediation. This pioneering approach to creation results in a body of work that embodies the collective’s passion for dance and dialogue that has been presented nationally and internationally.
Constantly curious about the relationship between the dancer and audience, they invite audiences to participate in often fun and always thoughtful experiences about our shared experience.

Alongside their stage performances audiences can engage through dance battles and choreographed community dialogues or co-create in workshop programs.

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  • Profile picture of Douglas Bateman
  • Profile picture of Michael Maurissens
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Core members

  • Michael Maurissens and Douglas Bateman founded the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv in Cologne in 2009. The productions are created in regular collaboration with invited choreographers, artists and theorists (e.g. Gob Sqad, Stefan Dreher, Angela Schubot & Jared Gradinger, Stefanie Thiersch, Georg Reischl, Vivienne Newport, Fabrice Mazliah, Prue Lang, Özlem Alkis, Dana Caspersen).

    The collective’s focus includes research on collaborative art production and the development of collective creation methods in the performance context. By means of an independent and responsible structure, the collective faces the challenges of its artistic decisions, such as working as a non-hierarchical structure, reducing the usual temporal parameters for artistic process development (One Week Stand), and advancing a dialogue and fostering exchange at the interfaces to disciplines and themes such as communication, architecture, sociology, psychology, and conflict resolution.

  • Adam Ster was born in Budapest and graduated from the Hungarian Dance Academy. He is a founding member of the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv. He works as a performer, dance teacher and music producer based in Cologne, Germany.

    Since 1995 he’s been working/ performing with various dance companies in Europe; such as Jeune Ballet de France, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Amanda Miller’s pretty ugly tanz köln.

    In 2008 Adam Ster completed a study for “Electronic Music Production” at the SAE Institute and has been realising sound compositions specifically for dance; for choreographers among others Lucas Jervies/The Merlyn Theatre CUB Malthouse, Melbourne (AUS), Georg Reischl/pretty ugly tanz köln, MichaelDouglas Kollektiv (DE), Douglas Bateman/Dansateliers (NL) and Sandra Marin-Zoran Markovic/Theater Heidelberg.

  • Douglas Bateman (UK/DE) is an independent dance artist based in Cologne. He started his training with Sylvia Bebb, and graduated from the London Studio Center. He worked with various companies in Europe, such as the London City Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Pretty Ugly Tanz Köln. In 2007 he started freelancing and collaborated with (amongst others) Tony Rizzi for the following ten years. In 2009 he co-founded and continues to co-direct the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv.As a creator his interest lies in the presence of embedded biographies. he has developed danced city tours and the transmedia performance character Shirley Not ( He teaches the seminars “Professional networks” and “movement research” at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln (ZZT) and is also one of the speakers for the independent dance scene in Cologne.

  • Michael Maurissens is a dance and media artist based in Cologne, Germany.

    Michael was born and began his dance training in Brussels he later studied at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung in Munich and the Swiss Professional Ballet school in Zurich (with the precious support of the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation).

    He joined the Ballet Nürnberg/Tanzwerk Nürnberg in his 20′s and from 1997 until 2004 was a member of Amanda Miller’s ensemble Pretty Ugly. In 2004 he moved to Kevin O’Day Ballet at the National Theater Manheim and from 2006 until 2009 he danced with pretty ugly tanz köln.

    In collaboration with pretty ugly tanz köln, Michael directed and created a new performance concept “One Week Stand” a performance research project where artists realize collectively a performance in a week.

    He is founding member and co-artistic director of the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv (, an unique dancers collective that breaks from the standard form of choreographer-led groups within the German dance scene and produces innovative works investigating collaborative creation process.

    In October 2013, Michael graduated in ‘visual medias’ from the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (, his studies focused on scenography, applied visual arts and documentary filmmaking.

    Since 2010 Michael Maurissens, directs and produces films, experimental video works, performance documentations and involves himself in collaborative visual art projects.

  • Sabina Perry was Born in Canada, she lives and works as a dancer, choreographer and performer in Cologne, she is a founding member of the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv, currently based in the Atelier Haus “Quartier Am Hafen”.

    After her education at the National Ballet School and the School of Toronto Dance Theater in Canada, she continued to study at the Rotterdam Dance Academy.

    She joined “De Meekers Uitgesproken Dans” after her graduation in 2004 and became an independent artist in 2007 and began collaborating with many international dance artists. In the last years she has performed and created works with Lucas Jervais, Douglas Bateman, Kalpana Raghuraman, Stefan Dreher and Tony Rizzi.

    As a choreographer she has created pieces for Open Dans Festival, De Meekers Uitgesproken Dans, Bright Nights and Katalyst Festival. Since 2014 she is resident choreographer at the Schauspiel Köln and has choreographed numerous productions there, Including Hamlet, Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald and Parzival.

Artistic Collaborators




  • Enkidu Khaled

  • Hend Elbalouty

  • Hilda Moucharrafieh

  • Nomoreless

  • Zaid Al Aubaide





  • Almut Elhardt

  • Julian Schmidt

  • Martin Miseré

  • Michael Maurissens

  • Nik van der Giesen

  • Paul Voggenreiter