Based on a training comprising martial arts and boxing, Florentina Holzinger examines the interface between art and combat training. Both forms of movement serve as sources of inspiration to face both physical and mental challenges. Together with her personal trainer Btissame Amadour she teaches the ninja mindset which helps overcome one’s fears. On the one hand, this form of preparation is used in the creation of dance and other forms of art, on the other, it is considered an artistic process in its own right.
studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. She consciously plays with a shifting of borders between high culture and entertainment in all her works. Kein Applaus für Scheiße (2011), the first joint production of Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek, earned them a reputation as “most provocative new choreographers” straight away. Shortly after, Florentina Holzinger won the Prix Jardin d’Europe for her solo Silk at lmPulsTanz in 2012. In addition to further collaborations with Riebeek (Spirit, Wellness and, most recently, Schönheitsabend), Holzinger presented the solo Recovery in 2015, which served her as a means to process the trauma of a very serious accident she had during a performance. Her latest work, Apollon Musagète, will be shown at TQW in February 2018.
studied at the Sports Academy and the Dance Academy in Amsterdam. She works as a sports coach for Nike’s EHQ in the Netherlands, inspiring others to discover their individual talents. She holds a black belt in Taekwondo. Amadour met Holzinger while working on Recovery.