Named “25 To Watch” by DANCE Magazine and dubbed a “mad genius” by Huffington Post, Robert Dekkers is founder and Artistic Director of the San Francisco-based modern ballet company Post:Ballet. Collaborating with eclectic artists to present programming that is “anything but risk averse” (SF Chronicle), Robert has created a range of new works for Post:Ballet together with artists working in film, visual art, animation, architecture, sculpture, fashion design, and new music. Robert has received commissions from Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Smuin Ballet, sjDANCEco, Novaballet, and Diablo Ballet, where he is currently Resident Choreographer. His works have been presented at venues including Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Festival (Berkshires), Tanzsommer Festival (Vienna), Ballet Builders Showcase (New York City), Against the Grain (Seattle), and West Wave Dance Festival (San Francisco). Robert was also recently appointed Artistic Director of Berkeley Ballet Theater, a school and youth company dedicated to building on the traditions of classical ballet to move the art form forward for the next generation.
Robert danced professionally with Ballet Arizona, ODC/Dance, Company C Contemporary Ballet, and Diablo Ballet. He was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for “Outstanding Performance- Individual” for his 2012-13 season with Diablo Ballet, where he danced leading roles in works by choreographers including George Balanchine, José Límon, Val Caniparoli, KT Nelson, Trey McIntyre, Septime Webre, and Mario Radacovsky. Robert has also performed work by Twyla Tharp, August Bournonville, Maurice Causey, Lar Lubovitch, Dominic Walsh, Jodie Gates, Ib Andersen, Paul Taylor, Brenda Way, and Julia Adam. In addition to his work as a director, choreographer, teacher, and dancer, he holds a degree in business from Rio Salado College. Find out more about Robert’s work at postballet.org.
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