Rosa van Hensbergen

Rosa van Hensbergen is a poet, performer, and researcher. She holds a BA in English from Cambridge University, an MSc in Modern Japanese Studies from Oxford University, and is undertaking a PhD on experimental Japanese performance back at Cambridge. She began writing, publishing, and performing experimental poetry in 2011, and has since then had four poetry pamphlets published; edited and published four editions of an experimental women’s poetry magazine, The Paper Nautilus; and published seven poetry pamphlets written by contemporary poets, under the name Tipped Press. This has been facilitated by a year-long poetry scholarship through the University of Cambridge, a two year government funded research period in Japan, and more recently an Austrian Federal Chancellory funded residency in Vienna. Over the last three years she has researched and trained intensively in Butoh dance and the physical theatre training of Suzuki Tadashi in Japan, and received bursaries to take part in professional performance development programmes at Dance Research Studio in London. This training informs her creation of performance works that explore the intersection of poetic language and experimental movement, and the ways spoken (and unspoken) language may find natural forms of physicality. Most recently this has led to an adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit, performed over Skype with a Butoh dancer and composer in Tokyo; and to the writing of a number of performance scripts, inspired by Viennese Actionism and Butoh notation for production in the coming year.