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The half-Colombian half-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance studies at the Royal Ballet Academy of Antwerp, Belgium.

As a professional dancer she appeared with various companies in Germany before joining in 1993, the modern-jazz dance company Djazzex based in The Hague. In 1997 she joined the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, where she danced as a soloist for 7 years. In June 2003 she decided to focus her creative energies entirely to choreography.

After a 12-year long professional dance career, she decides in 2003 to focus her creative energies entirely to choreography. In that same year she was hailed “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” (NRC newspaper) and only 7 years later the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote: ”Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry”.

Annabelle has so far created works for numerous companies around the world such as; Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gran Canaria Ballet, the Gothenburg Ballet, State Modern Ballet Ankara, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Luna Negra Dance Theater Chicago, Ballet National de Marseille, Saarbrucken Ballet, Jacoby & Pronk, Chemnitzer Ballet,Ballet Hispanico, Whim W’Him, IncolBallet de Colombia, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Scottish Ballet and The Washington Ballet.

Ms Lopez Ochoa is a versatile choreographer who works regularly within the dance field but also creates for theatre, opera, musical theatre and recently, for the celebrated Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf’s project in the Van Gogh Museum.
She belongs to the Theater-Dance collective “De Fantasten” with whom she created successfully four full-length pieces and which have been performed in theaters and festivals throughout the Netherlands.

The critically acclaimed piece “Before After” which Annabelle created for the Dutch National Ballet in 2002, and which is known as her signature piece, has been performed at the Dance Passion Festival in the Netherlands, the New York Fall for Dance Festival, the Houston Dance Salad Festival, the 2007 Orange County Fall for Dance Festival, the 2010 Murcia Gala (Spain) and throughout Sweden by the Gothenburg Ballet. The piece is also now on the repertoire of the Finnish National Ballet and Ballet Hispanico.

Annabelle has won several choreography prizes; in 2002 with “Clair/Obscur” at the Hannover’s Choreographers competition and in 2003 the first prize and public’s prize with “Replay” at the International Choreographer’s Competition of Bornem. In the fall of 2007 she was selected to participate with the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute.
In 2009 both her pieces “Zip Zap Zoom” (BJM-Danse Montreal) and Nube Blanco (Luna Negra Dance Theater) were included in the list of 10 best dance highlights of the year in San Diego and Chicago.

Her piece “One”, created for independent artist Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk has been acquired by Christopher Wheeldon’s Company Morphoses and presented at Sadlers’ Wells in London, Vail and New York City Center in the summer of 2008 as well as at the Dance Salad Festival in Houston, Titas Gala in Cincinatti and on the YAPG tour to Mexico.
In 2010, Annabelle reworked the duet “ONE” into a quartet especially for Jacob’s Pillow Festival.

Interests

Chopin, Bach, Pergolesi, Brel, Piaf, Bjork, R. Wainwright, Quantum Physics, Bhuddism, Bill Viola