Originating from Belgium

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Jonas Vlerick was born in Brugge, Belgium in 1985. He studied at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp, Belgium. After completing the summer university with Le Ballet des Jeunes d'Europe, he was noticed by Robert Denvers, artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He invited him to join the company in 2003. He danced until 2016 with this company under subsequent direction of Kathryn Bennetts, Assis Carreiro and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He danced several roles as a corps de ballet and as a soloist in works by distinguished choreographers such as: Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, Nicolo Fonte, Elo Jorma, Jacopo Godani, Marcia Haydée, Edward Clug, Christian Spuck and George Balanchine.

He created several ballets for the Royal Ballet of Flanders for the productions Coupe Maison/Choreolab. These include Living waters, Inner moment, Unforeseen hope, 02, Theropoda, The bigger the front, the bigger the back and Unanswered. Last year he created Allied Nodes.

At the young age of 22, Jonas was selected to take part in Uncontainable, a project from The Royal Ballet of Flanders which gave him an opportunity to make his first full length ballet Missing pieces for a mixed program. In 2013 he was selected to participate in the third Choreographic LAB of Dance East in Ipswich, led by Jonathan Lunn. There he had a chance to develop further as a choreographer in a very intense program. Last season he made two new creations for the Royal Ballet school in Antwerp and one for the theatre de Meervaart in Amsterdam. A piece of him will be shown at the Dutch embassy in Macedonia. In October 2015 he participated in the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC). There he won a gold medal dancing his own piece and a silver medal for choreography. In New York he won another bronze medaille for his choreography.

Jonas' audiences respond in a positive way, since his ballets tend to pass a great energy and atmosphere. Several dance magazines including ‘Dance Europe’ and ‘Dance Magazine Paris’ and Belgian newspapers reviewed his work successfully. Jonas continues to find his voice through choreography pushing the body to the limits to find new ways of expression. One important aspect of Jonas' work process, that makes him different from other choreographers, is that he gives the dancers tools to explore his style for themselves. As of 2017 he is a full time choreographer. He creates Social Instinct for Delattre Dance in Mainz in may 2017.

Under the artistic direction of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui he was asked as a guest to create a new work for Choreolab and a new production for children for the 2017-1018 season: When No One is Watching.

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