What I do

Choreography/Performance

So far, every year and a half, I challenge myself to create and produce a new (solo) performance. Most of my attention goes to the division of what is fake versus real and that also reflects the subjects that I am interested in. During my own creations or commissioned work, I want to keep exploring the necessity of movement for humans to grow (body) awareness and practice pure being. I want to share the joy and beauty of moving, movement and being moved.
I love collaborating and performing with other like-minded artists.. so feel free to get in touch!

Coaching/teaching

With a lot of experience and background in dance, movement and choreography, I love to coach people in developing their own movement language. During commissioned artistic work or workshops, I guide and motivate people to move from their original ideas towards research, prototyping, composition and finally performance. During this process I help to stretch habitual moving and thinking patterns, whilst always emphasizing the space and option to stay close and true to ourselves.

Vinyasa Yoga

Breathing and moving

While respecting the traditions, I approach yoga in a very universal way. In my classes, I put the emphasis on movement flow and body awareness. My aim is to design a clear rhythm and slow paste flow that gives physical challenge in a calme and gentle way. My instructions and the options I give, are propositions to guide the group through a sequence. I encourage and trust the practitioner to take his/her own responsibility to navigate through intelligent choices. This way all focus is completely on the body, the movement, the transitions, which all strive to connect to the breath.
*certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher.

What others think

Same Self Defined, 29 Years Later from Judith Clijsters is not about the extremes of the body but about pure being. She gives you the experience of time to really observe and absorb. You see softness and fluidity interrupted with sharp split second movements which seem to be the start of changing direction. She creates a soft, thoughtful yet very strong movement quality. In this solo, she reflects together with you as an audience about the self. Alone, together.

Leonie Clement
Leonie ClementProgrammator Festival Cement

I appreciate Judith Clijsters for her individuality and commitment to her work.

Pol Coussement
Pol CoussementArtistiek en zakelijk leider Passerelle

What I find interesting about Judith, is her unrelenting search for her own artistic language. Constantly rethinking, always alert for what happens around her. Dance is the perfect way for Judith to reflect on the world of today. She has a sincere openness for new challenges, new collaborations with other artists.

Eddie Guldolf
Eddie GuldolfProgrammator C-mine cultuurcentrum Genk

Judith. Always positive, sensitive and able to connect with others on many levels. I believe that in her artistic research and observations, she naturally reaches beyond the self and aims to connect to the bigger picture

Laura Vanhulle
Laura VanhulleVanhulle Dance Theater UK

Judith is the embodiment of mind body centring through movement

Elsie Matthijssens
Elsie MatthijssensFounder Antwerp Yoga

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Bio

After studying at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and touring with Phoenix Dance Theatre in the UK, Judith moved back to Belgium (Antwerp) in 2010 where she first took a course in production of performing arts (Sabbattini – DeSingel) to increase and broaden her knowledge as a producer, to continue and share her passion for moving bodies. By performing, collaborating, creating, teaching and coaching she stays inspired to keep growing through movement.

As artist in residence in C-mine cultuurcentrum, she created Dagbreek (2012) together with Yentl de Werdt, Same Self Defined, 28 years later (2015) and is now working on Bored To Death (2017). Alongside this, she loves to work with semi-professionals, youth groups or amateurs and organizes dance courses that focus on choreography and co-creation like Dans Verder and DansLab. In this context she also creates commissioned work (You Are My Surface, Holding Space, Diep Verdwaald, Vol Vertrouwen, Moondays…) in collaboration with Passerelle, Danspunt and C-mine cultuurcentrum.

And then there is yoga! Yoga became a daily practice when she was a dancer in the UK. When she started to work as a freelance dancer and choreographer in Belgium, yoga became even more important to keep the body and mind balanced through extreme busy or more quiet periods in the field. In 2015 she completed the Antwerp Yoga Vinyasa Teacher Training course in which she deepened her practice and found a true interest in teaching yoga to others. Judith is part of the team at Antwerp Yoga.