Robin Coops

Robin Coops is a direc­tor for film/opera pro­duc­tions and a com­pos­er-musi­cian. He stud­ied at the The­atre Acad­e­my in Maas­tricht and fol­lowed the direct­ing pro­gramme. He fin­ished his mas­ters at the Con­ser­va­to­ry in The Hague in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the com­po­si­tion depart­ment and the the­atre group ‘de Veen­fab­riek’ from Paul Koek. He had com­pos­ing lessons from: Cor­nelis de Bondt, Guus Janssen and Yan­nis Kyr­i­akides. After his stud­ies he worked, besides his own work, as an intern and assis­tant at ‘De Ned­er­landse Reisopera’, ‘De Nationale Opera’ and ‘Toneel­groep Ams­ter­dam’.

Robin is search­ing for the dia­logue between dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines to cre­ate his vision of a 21st cen­tu­ry ‘gesamtkunst­werk’. He doesn’t thinks in bound­aries, but instead each time he ques­tions him­self which kind of form the work asks for.

His work has a detailed focus on the move­ments of sound, space and the body of the per­form­ers. He com­pos­es the struc­ture of the per­for­mance in a close rela­tion with his per­form­ers in which each per­former, as in a jazz band, can still impro­vise. He prefers extreme con­cepts in which often the stag­ing ends in a very min­i­mal­is­tic set­ting. New tech­nolo­gies are a big part of the cre­at­ing process. In his work Robin keeps search­ing for uni­ver­sal lan­guages, so there are no bound­aries for each indi­vid­ual audi­ence mem­ber in expe­ri­enc­ing the per­for­mance.

He was the founder of the M31 Foun­da­tion in 2013 to get his projects from the ground and start up new col­lab­o­ra­tions.