Born in 1993 in Domont (France), Niels attended a number of dance schools in Montmorency, Paris and La Rochelle, where he received training in classical, modern jazz and contemporary dance. After auditioning successfully, he went on to study at the Ballet Junior of Geneva (BJG) between 2011 and 2014, where he was given the opportunity to work with a number of high profile choreographers Roy Assaf, Barak Marshall, Idan Sharabi, Andonis Foniadakis and Stijn Celis. He also performed in works by Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Thierry Malandain and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. During this period, the directors of the BJG, Sean Wood and Patrice Delay, encouraged Niels to explore his talents in photography and filmmaking by giving him the responsibility of producing trailers for their productions and interview clips with the relevant choreographers. Together, they created the BjTv Channel as a platform for sharing these clips and encouraging communication between the BJG and its online followers. In 2013, Niels was selected to participate in Antigel Festival, for which he produced a site-specific piece, #Second Sight. He choreographed, composed and produced the lighting design for this piece, specifically exploring audiences’ perception of movement, light and sound.
In September 2014, Niels began working as a dancer with Malta’s newly founded national dance company ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble (ŻMDE), under the artistic direction of Mavin Khoo. He performed works by Mavin Khoo and Ivan Perez Aviles in Malta, Europe and Asia. Niels simultaneously produced PR videos, photos and some design projects for the company. The end products were published in local and international television channels and magazines. His musical compositions for the videos were very well received and led to the company giving him the tailor-made role of full time Creative Resident Artist. Niels now works on the creative aspects of the majority of ŻMDE projects. In 2016, he composed the musical score for ŻMDE’s full-length production, Home, which is performed live with each performance. He has directed various education and outreach projects, including the JUMP project, commissioned by the European Capital of Culture 2018 Project (Valletta 2018). He continues to work as an assistant choreographer within ŻMDE and performs the duties of sound engineer and production manager for ŻMDE and other independent companies.
2017 | Founder and Director of The Amber Spark, a Creative Services Firm based in Malta.
Co-Founder & Co-Director: Florinda Camilleri