Coetzer trained as a dancer with Gillian Joubert, Ken Yeatman, Susan Abrahams, Anton van Niekerk, Gregory Maqoma, Jose Montoya and Debbie Rakusin. She graduated in 2002 from Pretoria Technikon with a B.Tech Degree in Dance, majoring in choreography. Louise has gone on to stage an impressive collection of original works with a strong focus on relationships and the humour and complexities inherent in human interaction. “Coetzer understands the requirements of choreography, group dynamics, characterisation and focus, how to use good music in surprising juxtapositions with content and movement and how to comment in an entertaining way on society. She is a big talent,” remarks Schalk Schoombie. Her work has been showcased at KKNK, FNB Dance Umbrella, PANSA 48 hr Festival and she has produced works for the Baxter Dance Festival, Dance For All InSPIRAtions Youth Dance Company, and Cape Academy of Performing Arts.
Louise founded Darkroom Contemporary in 2010, along with co-founder Oscar O’ Ryan. Coetzer is artistic director and choreographer for the company, creating works with innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration at their core, and which delight and engage audiences through her unique approach to dance making and performance creation. Coetzer’s dance film works created for Darkroom Contemporary have been included in festivals such as the Burgundy International Festival of Video Dance (France), Agite Y Sirva (Mexico), British Film Institute (UK) and the GLAMY Awards (Finland). She continues to create new works for the company, as well as for various dance institutions.
Louise has worked as dance teacher and movement lecturer with the Western Cape Education Department, New Africa Theatre Association, Dance For All and City Varsity Acting Department. She currently teaches as part of the contemporary dance faculties at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts, Cape Junior Ballet and UCT School of Dance.
Oscar O’Ryan is a South African photographer and videographer specialising in capturing movement and dance. He regularly works with a range of theatre and dance companies, capturing rehearsal, performance, marketing and studio photography. His clients include The Baxter Theatre, The Cape Dance Company, Jazzart Dance Theatre, The Baxter Dance Festival, Infecting the City Festival, Dance For All, New Africa Theatre, and Skenkonst Sormland (Sweden). Oscar’s work was selected as a top ten entry in the media category of the Ramsay Media Picture the Change photo competition and his photo story, The MOTION Project, was included in the official programme of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. He has shown solo exhibitions at the Cape Town City Hall, Youngblood Gallery, The Baxter Theatre Centre and Side Street Studios.
As videographer, Oscar has worked on numerous documentary films and travelled across the continent, filming Getaway to Africa for the BBC and Discovery Channel. He has created film work for the theatre productions “I hit the ground running” and “Struck Silent , both produced by the Baxter Theatre in collaboration with Skenkonst Sormland. Oscar’s dance film works produced by Darkroom Contemporary have screened at the Burgundy International Festival of Video Dance (France), Agite Y Sirva (Mexico), British Film Institute (UK) and the GLAMY Awards (Finland). Oscar is co-founder of Darkroom Contemporary (est. 2010), a Cape Town based physical theatre company and non-profit organisation. As project manager for Darkroom Contemporary, Oscar oversees all aspects and logistics of the organisation’s work including staging productions, dance film work and development projects, and is closely involved in the organisation’s growth.