MICHIEL KEUPER is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in fashion design. He values collaboration, sharing, interaction. He believes in the magic of improvisation when the sum becomes greater than its parts. The moment when 1 + 1 becomes 3.
He studied fashion design at ArtEZ – the Arnhem School of Art (NL). With his fashion label Keupr/van Bentm he presented his collections for several years during the Paris Fashion Week. His works are in museum collections and have been shown in exhibitions in the USA, UK, Japan, Italy and France. Recently, an issue of Monument Magazine was dedicated to the label. Besides his work as a freelance designer for various international companies, he teaches fashion design at BA and MA courses in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.
Alongside he has expanded his work to costume and set design, as well as performance and photography, and has worked in these fields with Sheena McGrandles, Anna Konjetsky, Meg Stuart, Jess Curtis/Claire Cunningham, Martin Nachbar and Joanna Lesnierowska, among others. His stage designs for Peter Pleyer and Jeremy Wade were included in the Frieze d/e/ Blog Highlights of 2014.
In June 2019 he was responsible for costumes and set design for the Dance Congress 2019/A Long Lasting Affair in Dresden-Hellerau, under the artistic direction of Meg Stuart. He shares a longtime collaboration with Peter Pleyer in which he improvises with materials on stage, interacting with the performers, developing so called transitional sculptures. In 2020 they founded the dance company Cranky Bodies a/company in Berlin.