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.
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.
Inma Rubio Tomas
Katharina Maschenka Horn
Louella May Hogan
Maria Mercedes Flores
Nina P. Hänel
Hans W. Koch
Zaid Al Aubaide
Kristel van Issum
Nik van der Giesen