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; a core group of dance artists who continuously invite other artists to join them in exploring new approaches to the relationship between performer and spectator. The kollektiv has ongoing collaborations with the urban dance collective Nutrospektif and conflict specialist Dana Caspersen, focusing on creating participative choreographies. 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.