was born in Mortsel (BE) on the 4th of July 1997. He grew up in Antwerp and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver. He took his first theatre classes in Antwerp at HETPALEIS with Jellie Schippers in 2011. After this eye-opening experience, he joined the brand new initiative, Theaterwerkplaats NEST, which Soraya Rademaker and Jellie Schippers founded at the time. Niek was sold to the world of the stage. He decided to finish his high school education in Antwerp at Pius X Word-Art Drama. Closing a four-year chapter at the uniform school of SUI in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver. During the following period, he co-founded Compagnie Koorts along the sides of Milan Van Bortel and Charles Pas, both members of NEST. In 2016 Niek graduated from Theaterwerkplaats NEST and Word-Art Drama. The three preparatory years at NEST laid the foundation and sparked his interest for the Mime Education. Niek graduated from the Mime Education at the AHK in Amsterdam in 2020. During his studies, he worked with ROTOR Performance group, Zoe Demoustier, Sarah Ringoet, Johannes Bellinkx, Lizzy Timmers, Marcelo Evelin and Marcus Azzini.
Niek is a chameleon in the arts his diversity of work is his strength. He is currently working as a performer with Julian Hetzel for his new piece. Is choreographer, performer and producer for Liza Houben’s hybrid installation performances. Develops and codes interactive dance installations together with Pieter Vandenhoudt. Advises and co-creates with students at the Mime, SNDO and Design and Technology departments at the AHK. Teaches Mime classes at a primary school for the age 6-12.
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