About


Chairman

MARC BOGAERTS

Marc Bogaerts the founder and chairman of vzw Symbiose is an artistic director and choreographer widely recognized for his creativity and innovation. Having grown up in Belgium studying Latin, Greek and philosophy under the tutelage of the Jesuits, he became intimately interested in the mind/body dynamic, which was later expressed by his productions and social projects.  Bogaerts began his artistic career at the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He moved to New York and became later an honorary guest performer with Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown and Laura Dean.

From New York he continued on to Berlin, where he cemented his reputation as a pioneer in cross-disciplinary genres.  His overwhelming international experience includes working on 6 continents in 25 countries for more than 50 operas, dance companies and circus groups. Bogaerts choreographed for the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Deutsche Staatsoper ’Unter den Linden’, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Washington Ballet, and many others. He represented Belgium at the Contemporary Dance Festival in the Guggenheim Museum, worked with Cirque du Soleil and bands like Praga Kahn, Placebo and Hooverphonic. Marc Bogaerts was chosen to be knighted as a Commander in the Order of Merit for lifetime achievement by the Foreign Office of Belgium in 2008.

Since years Bogaerts focuses his creative attention towards the inclusion of mentally and physically challenged individuals into his work in an effort to promote worldwide understanding for the conditions associated with the respective syndromes. By working with people suffering from Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other disorders, Marc Bogaerts continues his inclusive, innovative and altruistic approach and vision of bridging the gap between art and humanity.

International cultural social projects organized with and for youth by Marc Bogaerts include:

Marc Bogaerts Day was created by the Mayor of Orlando, Florida for his drug awareness work with youth in collaboration with the "Say No to Drugs Week" established by Nancy Reagan

Received the keys to the city Omaha, Nebraska, USA for his work with orphans in collaboration with ‘Boys Town’

Under the protection of Prince Phillip, he choreographed for the 100th anniversary of Scouting Worldwide “Jambe,” with more than 600 young performers for a crowd of 80,000 at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels 

Under the highest protection of Queen Fabiola and King Baudouin, mass spectacle “Father Damiaen” for 60,000 audience in celebration of Father Damiaen’s canonization by Pope John Paul II in 1995, with more than 800 young performers

“Requiem” Mozart- European Youth project (set of creative workshops for unprivileged children) under the highest protection of Queen Fabiola, King Baudoin and Frau Herzog (St Petersburg)