Koen Bollen studied Art History and Theater Studies at the universities of Brussels, Leiden and Antwerp. He was dramaturgy assistant at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (2009-2010), became dramaturge at Junge Oper Stuttgart (2010-2014) and received the scholarship Akademie Musiktheater heute (2012-2014). Subsequently, he worked on a.o. the world creation Tonguecat at Bayerische Staatsoper, and with director Jorinde Keesmaat on o.a. Odysseus’ Women & Anaïs Nin (Louis Andriessen) and To be Sung (Pascal Dusapin) for the Centre of Contemporary Opera in New York.
Since 2016 he is dramaturge at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen where he worked on the opera’s Pelléas et Mélisande (with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet), Rusalka (with Alan Lucien Øyen), Wim Henderickx’ The Convert (with Hans Op de Beeck), Ernani (with Barbora Horáková Joly); the dance productions Exhibition and Requiem by Cherkaoui, RASA by Daniel Proietto, A Bigger Thing (Lisi Estaras) and Extant (Jermaine Spivey). Koen Bollen teaches at the conservatory in Antwerp, and at the IOA in Ghent. He is co-editor and author of the book on the 50th anniversary of Ballet Vlaanderen.
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