Bio Marloes van Houten

Marloes van Houten

Marloes van Houten


Marloes van Houten

Dr. Marloes van Houten (1982) is a Dutch performing artist, art director, choreographer, researcher, expressive arts trainer and movement educator. She loves to cross-pollinate. In the Netherlands, she graduated in Performing & Community Arts (BA), Visual Arts (PI certificate, Willem De Kooning Academie), International Development Studies (MSc. Honors). She also studied ‘Expressive Arts for Therapy and Education (Advanced Post-Master) in Switzerland, and recently completed her PhD in Hong Kong focussing on the LifeArt Process as a choreographic tool amidst Hong Kong’s current social political challenges. Marloes was trained to teach non-violent communication, somatic & bodywork in relationships, nature coaching, pilates, yoga, and all round sport classes and has been doing so since 2000, such as for The New dance festival (Beijng 2016), Utrechtse Dansacademie (NL, 2016), Y-Space (Hong Kong, 2015/2016), etcetera.

While raised in the Netherlands, she lived, performed, choreographed, led projects globally, for example in e.g. in Eastern/Northern Europe, South Asia, Canada, Brasil, United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Mexico, Israel and multiple Mediterranean countries. In 2013, she founded a coaching practice focusses on improving people’s overall wellbeing through workout-, nutrition-, and expressive arts coaching ( In 2014, she started this 5 year Hong Kong – Netherlands dance dialogue project entitled HKNLversations – Reinventing Home and acts as it’s artistic director.

Recent dance theatre productions/performances Marloes art directed, choreographed and performed in are: ‘Forge Portmanteau’ (2015), ‘Poiema’ (for i-dance festival Hong Kong, 2015), ‘The Voyage’ (for Hong Kong ICAROS International Choreography Festival & Dutch Days of Hong Kong, 2016), and ‘Speak’ (for I-dance festival Hong Kong, 2016).  She held an Artist in Residency in a program curated by theatre director Ho Ying Fung (Blank Space Studios, Hong Kong 2016).

In 2017 so far, Marloes choreographed ‘Muscari Armenicum’ and ‘Flora, Forgotten and Forgiven’  for Art Rotterdam, a big annual art exhibition in The Netherlands. She was employed by the Dutch National Opera & Ballet as an aerialist/dancer/actor for The New Prince production. And won a dance scholarship to train with ViVo Ballet in Rome where she currently resides.


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