Joop Oonk is a dance practitioner who was born in 1989 in Thailand and grew up in Oman and in The Netherlands. In 2007 she started with a professional dance education in Haarlem. After two years she switched to Codarts, school of arts in Rotterdam, where she finished her education in 2012. In her final year she did a placement at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU), where she studied Turkish traditional dance. With support from the VSB fund she graduated (2013) with a Master in Dance Cultures at the University of Surrey. She has a minor in choreographic practice and site-specific work. In both minors and her thesis ‘improvisation’ was the key ellement. Besides studying she worked inter-alia with Piet Rogie, Erik Kaiel, Stopgap Dance Company, Nicola Conibere, Nicolas Salazar, Platform-K, Indepen-Dance and George Adams. In 2013 she established and founded Misiconi Dance Company, as an artistic director she is leading this integrated dance company based Rotterdam. quote by Lucy Bennett artistic director of Stopgap Dance Company (2014) Joop fitted into the team instantly and soon made herself an essential part of the choreographic process of ‘Artificial Things’. She has a magical way of getting onto the director’s wavelength and then is able to translate their early concepts into inventive movement ideas and material. She is unafraid to ask questions, but does so in a sensitive way, every artistic process could do with a Joop!