Named “25 To Watch” by DANCE Magazine and dubbed a “mad genius” by Huffington Post, Robert Dekkers is founder and artistic director of Post:Ballet. Collaborating with eclectic artists to present programming that is “decidedly daring” (SF Arts Monthly) and “anything but risk averse” (SF Chronicle), Robert has created a range of new works for Post:Ballet together with artists working in cinematography, architecture, visual art, graphic motion, costuming, and new music.
The company was named “Best New Dance” of San Francisco by 7×7 Magazine in 2010 and has been nominated for three Isadora Duncan Awards for performances in Dekkers’ works field the present shifts, Yours is Mine, and Sixes and Seven. Robert’s critically acclaimed trio Flutter was recently featured at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and his 2012 work for the company, Mine is Yours, premiered at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Other works for the company include Tassel (featuring an original score by Anna Meredith and presented in collaboration with The Living Earth Show); Colouring (with painter Enrique Quintero, photographer Natalia Perez, and composer Daniel Berkman); and Interference Pattern (with cinematographer Amir Jaffer).
Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi commissioned Robert to create Yours is Mine, featuring composer Jonathan Pfeffer’s “Bodega” performed live by Sonic Generator, Lushlife, and Yikes the Zero. Robert was also commissioned by Kansas City Ballet to create Reason does not know, which features an original score by Pfeffer. He has created new works for Smuin Ballet, San Jose Dance Company, San Jose State University, Southern Methodist University, and Quixotic/Fusion, where he continues to serve as guest choreographer. In 2012, Robert choreographed and directed a full-length Alice in Wonderland for Contra Costa Ballet in collaboration with composer Daniel Berkman.
Robert was resident choreographer for Novaballet from 2008-2009, where he created AnOther, Milieu, and No One Does It Like You. He was appointed resident choreographer for Diablo Ballet in 2013, where he has created eclectic works including Well Enough (alone), Double Happiness, See Saw, cares you know not, Flight of the Dodo, and Happy Ending. His choreography has been presented at venues including the Tanzsommer Festival (Vienna), the Ballet Builders Showcase (New York City), Against the Grain (Seattle), and West Wave Dance Festival (San Francisco).
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, Jodie Gates, Ib Andersen, Paul Taylor, Brenda Way, and Julia Adam.
Robert is a faculty member at Berkeley Ballet Theater, and regularly teaches company classes for LINES Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and ODC/Dance. In addition to his work as a choreographer, teacher and dancer, he holds a degree in business from Rio Salado College.