Stephen Shropshire is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City and holds an MA in Arts and Heritage from the University of Maastricht. As a choreographer, curator, and independent dance researcher, he is actively engaged in the cultural discourse on dance through the continued exploration of choreographic work that challenges aesthetic, structural, and narrative assumptions and responds to the broader socio-political themes that are relevant to our time.
Between 2009 to 2012, Shropshire was the artistic director of Noord Nederlandse Dans in Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2016 his eponymous foundation was established to facilitate the ongoing development and presentation of new choreographic work. In 2017, Shropshire was awarded a special honor prize from the Dansersfonds ’79 for the ‘consistent aesthetic harmony in his work’ and in 2018 his work We Are Nowhere Else But Here was nominated for the VSCD ‘Zwan’ for the most impressive dance performance of 2017.
Shropshire has created new works for o.a. the New Zealand Dance Company, the Danish Dance Theater, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, The National Dance Company of Wales, Ballet Augsburg, Norrdans, Galili Dance, Dansgroep Krisztina de Chatel, and the Iceland Dance Company. His works have been performed in The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sweden, Italy, Cyprus, France, Finland, Israel, Iceland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.