Gerard Mosterd

Gerard MosterdBorn in 1964 from Dutch-Indonesian parents in Amersfoort, The Netherlands he frequently improvised as an eight year old in slow speed "serimpi" like movement rituals before receiving admittance to the dance academy of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. After finishing a nine year study in classical ballet, folk dance, contemporary dance and music he started an eleven year carreer as a dancer with international companies such as London Festival Ballet, Basel Ballet, Concordanse Paris, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Hwa Kang Dance in Taipei.

Was assistant artistic director of Ulmer Ballet in Germany where Tai Chi was part of the daily training and has guest taught at several institutions in Europe and Asia. Worked as a dancer with original choreographers such as Mats Ek, Christopher Bruce, Michael Clark, Siobhan Davies and Lindsay Kemp. He started his own dance production in 1996 focusing upon the situation of eurasians in the Netherlands. Altough fascinated by Indonesian dances he strives for not copying these highly respected traditional art forms by melting elements of them into an own contemporary dance theatre vocabulary while honouring at the same time the typical Indonesian quality of improvisation.

He brought modern dance to the annual Pasar Malam Besar in The Hague in 1999 where his productions were performed each season for six years. In 2002 he created the first modern dance duet on Kroncong music ever and keeps up adding innovative elements in his works such as the use of electronic gamelan. His productions always evolve around unusual concepts and are inspired by autobiographical elements as well as literature and contemporary developments.  Annually his productions tour The Netherlands. "Luminescent Twilight" (2002), "Please Let Me See Your Face" (2003), "Stretching Time" (2004) and "Kebon" (2004) were seen in notable venues in Indonesia. March 2005 "Angin" was performed several times in Singapore commissioned by The Arts House and this same year his group piece, "Game" was executed by students of Lasalle SIA in Singapore. Autumn 2005, two of his productions, the solo performance "Angin" and most recent group piece "Kamu/Jij" toured Kuala Lumpur, Java and Bali. The frequency and scale of these SE Asian tours in combination with series of workshops are pioneering and historically of unique value.

Gerard writes as a freelance journalist on Dutch-Indonesian performing arts for Moesson magazine, distributed in The Netherlands, Canada, Australia and the US. He is a selected full member of the International Council for the Dance of UNESCO.

Royal Academy of Dancing in The Hague

Gerard graduated from the Royal Academy of Dancing in The Hague under Marian Sarstädt; Royal Conservatory and danced successively for two years (85-87) with the Royal Ballet of Flanders directed by Valèri Panov, guest performed and taught in the Chinese Republic a.o. at the Hwa Kang-Dance Company (Yang Min Shan Chinese Culture University, Taipei).

Beginning in 1987 he danced for five seasons with the London Festival Ballet (now the English National Ballet) (87-02) under Peter Schaufuss (later under Ivan Nàgy) during which time he toured theaters such as The Metropolitan Opera House and took part in the Virgin-video/film recording of Makarova's Swan Lake. Danced in Paris with Concordanse under Francine Richard (contemporary and neoclassical repertoire) (92-93). Danced in ‘94 with the Basel Ballet under Youri Vamòs. Successively engaged with the Ulmer ballet as dancer, assistant-director and ballet master/choreographic assistant for Chinese choreographer Qu Ping. Daily training in Tai Chi. Guest taught with Luzern Ballet and the Heinz Bosl Stiftung in Munich. Gerard had the opportunity as a dancer to work with such well-known and original theater makers as Lindsay Kemp, Christopher Bruce, Siobhan Davies, Michael Clark, Mats Ek, Kim Brandstrup and performed works by an extensive variety of classical and neo classical choreographers.

After 11 years he returned to the Netherlands in order to create freelance, independent dance productions during which time he began a study of Javanese court dance. Since 2001 he has resided and worked in his native city of Amersfoort.

2000 Until The Present

Regular study and work trips to Indonesia. Acquaintance with Martinus Miroto and the late Bagong Kussudjardja in Yogyakarta, prof. Sardono Kusumo in Jakarta and Solo, choreographers Gugum Gumbira and Endo Suanda in Bandung, Sumatran choreographer Boi Sakti and Farida Oetoyo in Jakarta, Ulf Gadd and Kadek Suardana in Denpasar. Connection with ASK in Kuala Lumpur and LaSalle, Singapore Institute of the Arts in Singapore.

Indonesian tours combined with workshops in the autumn of 2002 and 2003, were realized with financial and logistical support of the Royal Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, the Dutch National Council for the Arts (FAPK), HIVOS Internationalisation Fund, the Erasmushuis, the international Festival Gedung Kesenian, Teater Utan Kayu, Jakarta, Festival Cak Durasim Surabaya, Teater Socitet, Karta Pustaka and Teater Garasi, Yogyakarta, STSI in Bandung, Solo and Denpasar, Arti Foundation Den Pasar, Mata Angin Productions, TARI Indonesia, Yayasan Sumber Cipta, Bureau Kunst Educatie, Theater De Lieve Vrouw and the Municipality of Amersfoort.

Regular collaboration with the Canadian composer Paul Goodman who has worked in Indonesia with the choreographer and Javanese dancer Miroto.

Gerard Mosterd has taught a.o. at the following institutes: Institut Kesenian Jakarta, Sumber Cipta, Namarina, IPPB, EKI, Jakarta, STSI Bandung, ISI, Teater Garasi, Yogyakarta, Sono Seni Solo, STSI, Sekolah Marinatari, Bu Wied Sendayani, ASKI, Solo, EEKA, and several institutes in Surabaya, STSI, Denpasar and La Salle Institute of the Performing Arts, Singapore.  Beside teaching and making dance productions Gerard writes as a freelance journalist concerning Indonesian and Eurasiatic performing arts in the independent Dutch-Indonesian magazine Moesson, distributed in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada. In September 2004 Gerard was elected as a full member of the international Council for the dance (CID) of UNESCO.