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.