Choreograaf, Danser, Directeur, Producent, Impresario, Curator en Leraar
Gerard Mosterd (1964) grew up in a Dutch-Indian / Indonesian family in Amersfoort. In 1985 he graduated in academic, either modern and folk dance and music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Followed by an international career as a professional dancer at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Hwa Kang Dance Company Taipei, London Festival Ballet, English National Ballet, Concordanse in Paris and Basel City Theatre.
Worldwide he performs academic, historical and contemporary works by well-known and lesser-known romantic 19th-century, modern and post-modern choreographers. In 1986 he studies at Yan Ming Shan Chinese Culture University in Taipei. He combines his studies with performances at the performing arts department. He dances in Makarova's film “Swan Lake” from 1988 (with the London Festival Ballet). In 1992 he was promoted to junior soloist with the English National Ballet.
In 1994, Gerard is appointed assistant director, ballet master, principal dancer and choreography assistant of Qu Ping, who William Forsythe (Ballett Frankfurt) recommends. Qu Ping operates from a Chinese background as a choreographer and is director of the dance ensemble Theater Ulm. The company trains daily in Tai Chi.
In 1996 Mosterd returns to the Netherlands and tours as a soloist with the Hoofdstad Operette from Amsterdam. He then performs with the intercultural company Hardbeat of Yusuf Daniels and with the choreographer duo Voortman / De Jonge. He also participates in commercial projects such as the Grand Gala du Disque (AVRO). Occasionally he works as an editor and researcher for film and TV productions (IDTV and Monsoon Pictures Singapore).
In 1996, Gerard Mosterd started choreographing and producing independent, alternative dance performances in the Melkweg in Amsterdam. With these performances he thematically and physically explores Asian-European concepts. Inspired by Levi-Strauss, Sellars, Schechner, Artaud, Brook, Mnouchkine and his own Asian origins, he creates intercultural physical theater according to a phenomenological approach that does not take the folkloric tradition as a starting point.
Twice an international jury selects his work to compete for the prize of the International Competition for Choreography in Hanover, 1997 and 1999. “Ketuk Tilu”, a trio set to sensual Jaipongan music from West Java, is a striking Indo-European modern dance performance for the 1999 edition of the Pasar Malam Besar, an annual Asian festival in The Hague, where Mosterd introduces modern dance. For nine seasons he develops his own audience and launches terms such as Eurasian modern dance.
In the Netherlands, Mosterd gains name recognition in the Dutch-Indies cultural circuit and from there moves his productions towards the Dutch stages. As an independently operating Dutch theater maker with an Indonesian background, he eventually made a decisive step towards contemporary Indonesian performing arts.
Since 2002, Mosterd has been touring theaters and festivals in Southeast Asia and Indonesia in particular with his productions. To date he has created 37 dance performances, seven of which have toured extensively through Asia and the Netherlands. Some of them are evening filling. There is regular collaboration with leading Indonesian performing artists. In 2007 he tours and produces a performance with the legendary West Sumatran Silat group, Gumarang Sakti, resulting in 56 worldwide performances, combined with workshops and lectures on the matrilineal Minangkabau. The performances and workshops take place in the theater and festival circuit of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands and Germany.
In 2011 Mosterd tours Indonesian theaters with a Javanese version of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, performed by the Dutch Chamber Music Company and prominent Javanese performers such as Martinus Miroto, Eko Supriyanto and Sri Qadariatin. The same production will open the 11th Indonesian Dance Festival in June 2012. A new version will be followed up by a tour i.s.m. poet, journalist and activist Goenawan Mohamad. Mosterd performs as an actor and dancer in Garin Nugroho's Indonesian all star movie “Tjokroaminoto, Guru Bangsa” which released in 2015.
Gerard started the agency in 2010, Kantorpos which facilitates the exchange of artists between Asia and Europe. He has published articles on dance and Asian performing arts in Latitudes, Moesson and Danspubliek. Gerard has been connected for several years as a resident principal, guest choreographer and teacher at EKI Dance Company in Jakarta. He is consulted as an advisor and was a member of the selection committee for a few seasons CinemAsia Film Festival.
Mosterd participates in the international programming of the event Indomania 2015 in the Melkweg, Amsterdam. In it he presents controversial subjects and personalities such as human rights activist Poncke Princen and the work of cineast Joshua Oppenheimer. He is frequently invited as a dance teacher and choreographer for companies and educational institutions throughout Southeast Asia.
Spring 2017 Mosterd will tour a Dutch version of “Een Javaanse L’Histoire du Soldat” successfully in 20 Dutch theatres. With Wieteke van Dort as narrator, New European Ensemble, three prominent Javanese dancers with lyrics by Goenawan Mohamad in an adaptation of Bo Tarenskeen.
In mid-2017, Mosterd starts alongside the existing Kantorpos BV MTSM with which he tours large-scale opera, ballet and modern performances from Eastern Europe and Asia to major theaters in Flanders and the Netherlands. With this construction, as an independent theater maker, he avoids the dependence on subsidies in the Dutch arts subsidy system.
In February 2020, just before the Corona pandemic, Mosterd will direct and choreograph a new Carmina Burana by Carl Orff for 150 employees of the National Opera and Ballet of Odessa, which has been enthusiastically received by the press and the public.
Director MTSM BV
May 12, 2018 - Present
Annually setting up and facilitating international productions, collaborations and tours for performing arts from Asia and Eastern Europe, connected with the Netherlands and Belgium.
Director Kantor Pos
2016 - PRESENT
Kantor Pos organizes opera and ballet performances from Eastern Europe for Dutch and Belgian theaters and the Dutch tour of A Javanese L’Histoire du Soldat in collaboration with New European Ensemble.
2010 – 2016
Tour management for Miroto, Sutra Dance Theater and Wangmin Bunmei. Tour through the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, Russian Ballet Gala in Manila in collaboration with Ballet Manila, initiation and coordination for exchange project between Singapore Dance Theater and Ballet Manila.
A Javanese L’Histoire du Soldat
(Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya, Pekan Baru, Lanjong-Kutai, Banjarmasin, Singapore) plus workshops. Full-length music theater performance with New European Ensemble and Reza Rahadian, text Goenawan Mohamad.
Ketuk Tilu Duet
(Padang, Banjarmasin version) Indonesia tour plus workshops.
(Padang, Pekan Baru, Balikpapan version) Indonesia tour (4) performances with Shafiq Yussof plus workshops.
Voortman and de Jonge Rotterdam
1994 – 1995
1993 – 1994
1992 – 1993
English National Ballet
1989 – 1992
London Festival Ballet
1987 – 1989
Hwa Kang Dance Company Taipei
Royal Ballet of Flanders Antwerp
1985 – 1987
September 27 – October 1 | Tour
2014 | Indonesia
18 – 21 Oktober 2019 | NL & BE
August, 31 2019 | The Netherlands