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.