Dr. GUY COOLS (Belgium / Austria) is a dance dramaturge. He is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, where he finished a practice-based PhD on the relationship between dance and writing. He has worked as a dance critic and dance curator. He curated from 1990 till 2002, the dance program of Arts Centre Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium and has also curated many international festivals. As a production dramaturg, he worked amongst others with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Alexander Gottfarb, Arno Schuitemaker, Koen Augustijnen, Danièle Desnoyers, Stephanie Thiersch.
His publications include The Choreopolitics of Alain Platel’s les ballets C de la B, In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan, Imaginative Bodies – dialogues in performance practices, The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts.
Guy works as choreographic and dramaturgical mentor. He lectures and teaches at different universities and arts colleges in Europe and Canada (University of Ottawa, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg; University of Limerick in Ireland; University of Ghent, Belgium).
With the Canadian choreographer, Lin Snelling, he developed an improvised performance practice ‘Rewriting Distance’ that focuses on the integration of movement, voice, and writing.