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Diane Elshout is active in the performing arts for more than 25 years. She danced in the Netherlands and abroad from 1986 untill 1996. She won the Prize for Young Talent from the Dansersfonds ’79. Together with Frank Händeler she directed as co-artistic director the dance company Elshout/ Händeler. From 1996 they created a large number of (site specific) performances in which they stretched the borders of their discipline and researched interdisciplinary collaboration. They won the first and audience prize of the International Choreography Competition of both Groningen and Hannover in 1997. Since 2006 Elshout performs her own work. Together with Simon Rowe and visual artist/photographer Noud Verhave she creates community arts projects under the name Moving Arts Project (MAP).

Between 2004 and 2006 she followed a study business administration and finished her Master Theatre Studies at the University in Utrecht in 2010. In her thesis she analyzed ideas, assumptions, and presuppositions of the body in choreographic research and compared these with Western philosophical concepts of the body. As researcher and co-organizer of symposia, she works at the research centre for experienced choreographers Danslab in The Hague. Elshout is (inter) nationally active as a teacher and connected to several free-lance projects as a dramaturge.

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