Roger Van der Poel is a Portuguese-Dutch award-winning dancer. Started his dance education at the National Conservatory of Lisbon at the age of eighteen. His dance career includes Ballet Gulbenkian (2003-2004), Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (2004-2006) and, for the last fourteen years, the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater. Roger’s performance repertoire includes existing works by & creations with Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylián, Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier, Marco Goecke, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Mats Ek, among many others.
Roger has staged the work of Sol León & Paul Lightfoot and Crystal Pite internationally (Zurich Ballet, Oslo Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, and dancers of the Bolshoi Theater) and guest teaches for dance companies, schools and programs around the world. He has been on regular faculty at NDT Summer Intensive and chuthis. Movement Intensive (educational program from Peter Chu’s chuthis.)
Roger was awarded the Dutch Zwaan for best dance performance of 2008 for his role in Hans van Manen’s Simple Things and the Encouragement Prize 2007 by the Stichting Dansersfonds’79 in Amsterdam.
In August 2020, Roger embarked on a new journey as a free-lance artist and educator.
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