Tijen Lawton is a professional dancer and instructor based in Belgium. Born in 1972 to a Turkish mother and British father, she was educated and brought up in numerous countries, constantly shifting between cultures and environments. She began her dance studies while living in İstanbul, later continuing at The Arts Educational School London, The Place London and The Juilliard School New York. Since coming to Belgium she danced with Pierre Droulers between 1996 & 1998, in the course of which creating her own solo works. In 1998 Tijen began her collaboration with Needcompany. Over a period of twelve years, 1998 to 2010 she was a constant presence in all of Needcompany’s work, performing , creating and touring worldwide with Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkey in 15 productions and over 13 Neeplapbs, and the film Goldfish Game directed by Jan Lauwers. Since 2010 she has danced and toured with Caterina & Carlotta Sagna in the course of which continuing to create her own solo projects. She is currently dancing with Mauro Paccagnella & Wooshing Machine, Harold Henning, Erika Zueneli and creating a performance gig with Manngold. Tijen is teaching and instructing in Brussels, Paris, Budapest and İstanbul, where in collaboration with Budapest Contemporary Dance Acedemy nad the dance department at MSGSU Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University İstanbul she has created and performed her own works.
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