Susanne Bentley (BE/NZ)



Susanne Bentley is a contemporary dancer, improvisor, teacher, coach and choreographer. She has been working with others and on her own projects in New Zealand and Europe since 1996. In NZ she worked with companies such as Touch Compass, Opera NZ and Weta Productions (Peter Jackson- film), and was a founding member of Curve Dance Collective. In 2000 she was a danceWEB scholarshipholder at ImPulsTanz (Vienna). Since then she has performed with companies such as SUPERAMAS, Cie. Fabienne Berger, Les Ballets C de la B, Maria Clara Villa Lobos, Poni, Bal Moderne a. o.

She has created her own works since 1994, either choreographed or improvised. From 2002 until 2009 she made music and performances with electronic musician Peter Van Hoesen as Bent Object. She was also a founding member of SoloConversations Dance Collective, performing improvised pieces from 2007-17. She established the organisation Expansive Being in 2012, dedicated to encouraging, supporting and promoting artistic expression in all its forms. She continues to make solo work and to improvise performances with other artists and amateur dancers of all ages. Since 2020 she has been making socio-cultural artworks each summer for Park Poétik Festival. In 2023 she began collaboration with Fred Treffel, again mixing electronic music & visuals with movement.

Susanne teaches contemporary dance and performance improvisation for companies, universities and studios such as: Ultima Vez, Charleroi Danses, Danscentrum Jette (Brussels), Fontys Dance Academy (Tilburg), Tanzquartier & Impulstanz (Vienna), Tanzfabrik & Marameo (Berlin), University of Waikato & Otago University (NZ). She has also taught pole dance for Sarahcademy and was an organiser, choreographer and MC for Pole Fusion Festival (artistic pole).

Susanne is a Professional Creative Consciousness Coach, Embodiment Coach, and is also trained in C-IQ Coaching. She also completed a post-graduate diploma in Functional Training, and specialises in dance-related movement support. Radical Moves Coaching offers individual & group coaching sessions (life coaching, artistic mentoring, personal expression) & workshops. These are all movement-based, and open to anyone.


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