MARJON VAN GRUNSVEN
Artistic Director - Creative Director - Coaching & Consulting
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Throughout my career, I’ve had the great fortune to work on some truly inspiring projects, while meeting many influential and creative individuals along the way. I believe in working together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. For more information about my experience, or how we can collaborate on an upcoming project, get in touch today.
'From dream, to storytelling, to process, to creation & realization in both Dance, Theatre, Pilates, Coaching & Consulting'
Native from the Netherlands where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Theatre in 1995,
Marjon lived and worked in New York City from 1992 until 2000 as professional dancer, teacher ( Certified 'Simonson Technique Teacher', by Lynn Simonson since 1996), choreographer, producer as well as Certified Pilates instructor ( Classical Pilates Certified by Romana since 1997).
MEMENTO DANCE COMPANY
She mounted her contemporary Jazz Dance Company; Memento Dance Company in 1996 in New York City.
She moved to Paris in 2000. Back in The Netherlands in 2003, she re-mounted her dance company: Memento Dance Company and traveled with it all over Europe, United States and Canada.
In 2004 she opened her own studio in The Netherlands called: Memento Bodyworks, studio for Pilates - Body Therapy and Performing Arts, where her dance company found a home and where the Pilates Teacher training Program began its journey and where teachers from the international theatre, dance & pilates world would come to teach. Her company, her studio and her work as choreographer left an important mark when it comes to Contemporary Jazz Dance in The Netherlands.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
In April 2007, Marjon was invited to join Cirque du Soleil and toured as Artistic Director on Cirque du Soleil’s first Arena show DELIRIUM until its closing in 2008, one year later. She was hired as OVO’s Artistic Director for the creation in 2008 and took the show on the road until it closed its doors under the Big Top in June of 2015. Looking for a new challenge Marjon took over QUIDAM as Artistic Director until the iconic show took it’s final bow in early 2016. Marjon returned to OVO and was an instrumental player in the artistic remount of the show while it was morphing into an arena spectacular.
RETURN TO THE ROOTS
In December 2016 Marjon left Cirque and returned to The Netherlands to further pursue her dreams as Artistic and Creative Director, with the support of the large network she established over the years of touring the world. She was hired as Casting Director and Choreographer for C2 International ( C2 Montreal) in collaboration with Ernest & Young and then proceeded as Creative & Production Manager for the new creation of CARO at Efteling Theatre Productions which premiered in September of 2018 in The Netherlands. In addition she concluded a small tour with Memento Dance Company in Canada as part of the Festival de Danse Encore en Tournee.
Since the year 2018 Marjon works as Freelance Artistic & Creative Director / Coach & Consultant as well as Pilates Instructor & Teacher Trainer in the (inter)national field of theatre & entertainment , dance & pilates. She is currently deepening her knowledge by studying Biodynamic and Integrative Psychotherapy in Amsterdam.
Marjons' diverse career portfolio is a reflection of the hard work and dedication she has put into developing her range and talent as a professional, and a testament to the unique style and positive attitude she brings with her on every project.
Check them out below - Click on the photo's for video viewing of the projects:
Slag om de Schelde - 75 jaar vrijheid Nederland
31 Augustus 2019
Artistieke directie + Choreografie
9 Balletscholen + 150 Leerlingen
A 6 day workshop and experience led by Director Marjon van Grunsven, resulting into a works in progress presentation on the Market Place in Rybnik- Poland.
The space in between,
The grey zone…
In all of its many different Shades,
People in all their many different layers,
And with their own, very specific and very sacred individuality.
‘Do we really dare to be ourselves? Shedding off ALL of our protective layers, all of our masks, until we are naked, standing in front of ourselves, facing ourselves, each other, in all honesty and truth?’
‘Do we realize the power and the LOVE that lies within that purity? The fact that we are a whole, together? ONE?
‘Do we dare, to face our fears and no longer be afraid? Do we dare to trust?’
This whole process becomes a beautiful play of light and shadow.
Director of Creation/ Artistic Director; Marjon van Grunsven (Founder MDC*)
Assistants + members MDC; Oona De Cleyn & Jeffrey Stuut
Associate Director & Producer; Wojciech Chowaniec
Supporting Partner; Studio MOVYTZA, Dom Kultury w Rybniku-Chwałowicach, Teatr Ziemi Rybnickiej
The project is co-financed by the City of Rybnik.
*MDC; Memento Dance Company since 1996
Katarzyna Bebiołka, Agnieszka Bednarz, Emilia Biskupik, Helena Golab, Kinga Grychtoł, Nadia Grychtoł, Dominika Gryz, Agnieszka Janicka, Zuzanna Kasprzyk-Molenda, Liliana Kowalska, Aleksandra Kozańska,
Katarzyna Koziorz, Małgorzata Kozłowska, Marta Mańka, Andrzej Molenda, Paulina Rewucka, Oksana Sliubyk, Irena Wiktor, Michał Woźnica, Paweł Zaufal
Photography; Łukasz Kozłowski + Janusz Jurcimierski + Iza Nietrzpiel + Magdalena Kasprzak
Marjon van Grunsven
DANCE & THEATRE AND CLASSICAL PILATES METHOD OF BODY CONDITIONING
Workshops April & May 2019
Dance & Theatre and Classical Pilates Method of Body Conditioning
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE DANSE ENCORE - TROIS RIVIERES
In the fall of 2018 Memento Dance Company was remounted and part of a tour thru Quebec - Canada, to promote the 25th edition of the Festival.
2018 - C2 MONTREAL
Casting Director and Choreographer for C2 Montreal/ C2 International, for a project in Amsterdam in collaboration with Ernest & Young
2018 - Efteling Theatre Productions
In 2018 Marjon joined Efteling Theatre Productions as part of the Creative and Production team to help create and mount Eftelings' newest Theatre Spectacular CARO.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
2015 - 2016
Marjon briefly joined Iconic show QUIDAM as its Artistic Director and guided the show thru its last year before putting it to sleep after 20 very successful years of performing all over the world.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
2008 - 2017
In 2008 Marjon joined the Creation for Cirque du Soleils' new Big Top Touring show OVO. Cirque's 25th anniversary show, created for the first time by a woman; Deborah Colker.
Marjon stayed with the show as Artistic Director for its entire Big Top life as well as became an intricate part of the re-creation of the show, helping it morph into an arena spectacular.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
2007 - 2008
In 2007 Marjon joined world renowned Cirque du Soleil as Artistic Director for the companies' first Arena show DELIRIUM.
MEMENTO DANCE COMPANY
Memento Dance Company had its debut performance in NYC in 1996 when Marjon dedicated an evening length performance to 2nd world war resistance fighter Riet van de Haterd and all survivors of the Holocaust. It was a simple concept in dedication to her aunt Riet with no expectations other than honoring those who fought for the rights of existence of fellow human beings.
The concept was picked up by Off Broadway Theatre Director Charles Wright ( Evolving Arts Theatre) and soon won the hearts of the downtown NYC Dance Community. 12 choreographers participated in this event. Marjon won an award from the Netherland American Foundation in NYC ( NAF) and received The VSB Grant from The Netherlands itself as well as received the Harkness Choreography Space grant in Sunny Purchase for up and coming choreographers.
Memento Dance Company was born, with as mission to create Lasting Memento's that would stay in the hearts and souls of our fellow human beings. To share our stories in beauty.
2004 - 2010
Studio for Pilates - Body Therapy & Performing Arts
In 2004 Marjon opened Memento Bodyworks in Tilburg, The Netherlands. It was home to her company Memento Dance Company as well as to many teachers, therapists and students.
Next to many dance courses/ workshops, body therapy sessions and Yoga, the studio also offered full teacher training certification programs for the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I know Marjon to be a leader with a passion for creativity and collaboration. We worked together for 8 years on Cirque du Soleil’s touring show OVO. As an Artistic Director she was always open to new ideas and eager to support growth in the cast. I watched Marjon brilliantly maintain the artistic integrity of the show and also masterfully integrated new and improved elements when needed. Her gift for creating and teaching choreography and movement is what I feel most honored to have witnessed. Working for Marjon was a great journey and an experience that I will always cherish.