Annelien as a dancer and aerialist from 2002 untill 2014
After graduating from Royal Balletschool Antwerp in Belgium (2002) she started training aerial skills in corde lisse, silks, ring and vertical dance in harness. Since then she has been working with contemporary dance, improvisation, aerial and vertical dance (since 2004/05), Body Weather-Butoh (since 2009) and has worked as a freelance performer in Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, ... and with the Canadian Caravan Stage Barge Theater she worked throughout 2006, '07 and '08 as performer and aerial choreographer on their European tours and again as choreographer in 2012.
A few opportunities have risen to make own work in collaboration with musicians and other artists, film, technical wizardry and fire, always within a set frame, such as Bodyweather Lab in Los Angeles, Proeftuin in the Netherlands and others. New work also consisted of choreographing for other artists such as Karavana (2011), NL and Apocaliptic Circus, UK (2013).
Annelien has studied shiatsu at the Lifeforce academy in Kessel, BE (2012, '13, '14, '15) and practiced shiatsu from 2015 untill 2022 in her home practice, and at Midwives practice La Madrugada in Antwerp.
She trained to become a doula in 2017 and works as doula ever since. A new website is under construction. www.birthroots.be From 2021 she is also a doula-trainer with and active member of www.dedoula.be