Professors / Teachers
Michael Maurissens was born in Brussels, where he began his dance training. He also studied dance at the Heinz Bosl Foundation in Munich (1991-1992) and at the Swiss Ballet School in Zurich (1992-1993 - with the support of the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation) and was engaged at the Ballett Nürnberg/ Tanzwerk Nürnberg, Ballett Freiburg pretty ugly, the Nationaltheater Mannheim and Pretty Ugly Tanz Köln. He has worked with Amanda Miller, William Forsythe, Katy Duck, Hideto Heshiki, Martin Sonderkamp, Kevin O’Day, Dominique Dumais, Georg Reischl and others. In 2009, together with his colleague Douglas Bateman, he founded the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv, formed around a core of five performers that consistently recombines itself around different activities - with choreographers, musicians, theorists, scientists and a broad, collaborative system of institutional partners.
For several years now, Michael Maurissens has been working with media in the fields of graphic design, photography and film (as filmmaker, cameraman and editor) and in 2013 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne with the grade "very good"; his studies focused on scenography, applied fine arts and documentary film making. Today he directs and produces films, experimental video works, performance documentaries and participates in joint visual art projects.