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"We've only seen the beginnings of what Rekoert's effect will be on the arts in America."
- Gus Solomons, Jr., Solomons Says, 2013
"New York’s most talked about rising choreographer."
- Go Magazine, 2011
"Coy, energetic, and over 6 feet of striking movement. His whimsical character keeps the audience engaged and excitedly alive."
- Candice Michelle Franklin, iDANZ Critix Corner, 2009
Pascal Rekoert has taught master classes throughout the US, Italy, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Bolivia, and Thailand and has taught side-by-side with Madonna dancer “Slam” in 2003. He has choreographed commercially for companies like BERENIK, Levi’s, Dockers, PTT Dutch Royal Communications, L’Oreal Paris, and Dutch celebrity designers Mart Visser and Dick van der Vlies. Since 2000, Rekoert has produced a wide variety of festivals and performance series in New York City: WestFest which featured companies from the UK, Israel, and Canada; The HATCH Presenting Series; The HATCHed Sequel Series; and the dance film series Canned Unicorn at The Rover SoHo.
As a choreographer, Mr. Rekoert has presented his own work in theaters in Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and throughout the United States. In the Tri-State area Mr. Rekoert's most influential project was the hilarious Burger Nation, presented in May 2004 at the Flea Theater NYC, and MaSs, performed at the 2006 International Wave Rising Festival (NY). Described as “magnetic and intricate” (the Dutch Volkskrant, 2001), Mr. Rekoert’s work is known for its high artistic standards and innovative movement vocabulary.
Rekoert has also worked with various filmmakers since the beginning of his career in 1994. In 2000, he choreographed for the Dutch short dance film Erasmus Spitzen, Crossing a Bridge on Points, which premiered at the International Rotterdam Film Festival and is currently part of various northern Europe art video collections and museums. In 2008, Rekoert autonomously ventured out into cyber-space with the first Portable Art dance film festival bringing 35 short dance films to portable devices, such as iPhones, and iPods.
Rekoert has received generous support from the Westbeth Artists Residents Council (2009/ 2010 & 2010/ 2011). In addition, Rekoert received support from The Field for a two-week residency at the dance facility of celebrity dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov at White Oak Plantation in Florida (2008). Prizes and awards include: the Chashama “Best Short Film Award” in 2008, and the Prix d’auteur du conseil général de la Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris, France (1998). Recently, Mr. Rekoert was a recipient of a study grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
Mr. Rekoert was a premier dancer and Associate Artistic Director with Jennifer Muller/ The Works, a contemporary dance company that has toured 39 countries on four continents, and has appeared in theaters from Hong Kong and Tel Aviv to American initiatives like the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and a performance at the Museum of Modern Art. He has assisted Artistic Director Jennifer Muller for choreographies with New York City Opera, but also performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and in countries like Bolivia, Thailand, China, and Brazil. Highlights with JMTW include a performance at the United Nations (June 2006), a performance for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Downtown for Democrats (October 2004), and a feature in the Capezio Dance Clothing Catalogue.
Rekoert is a Lincoln Center Scholar who finished his master’s degree in an inaugural partnership program between Lincoln Center Education and CUNY Hunter College. In June 2016, earned an M.A. in Dance Education from CUNY Hunter College, graduating with NHSDA Honors and presenting Chancellor Farina with the President’s Medal during the CUNY Hunter Commencement ceremony. Rekoert has choreographed for New York Fashion Week, BERENIK, and Motorola, and was featured in Radiohead's music video Man of War. Currently, Rekoert is a Doctoral Candidate pursuing the Leadership and Policy specialization within the Ed.D. Dance Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the Vice President of Dance at the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy and the Connecticut Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
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