Born in Austria, but with Lebanese origin, Erik Kaiel has been making dances for many years. In subway stations, sculpture gardens, empty swimming pools, city streets, and occasionally on stage. In 2003, after a decade in New York City, he moved to the Netherlands where he founded his dance company Arch8. He performs, choreographs and teaches throughout Netherlands, Europe, and the world.
He is the artistic director of Crosstown Den Haag, a choreographic fellow at Danslab, and a faculty member at the Artez Dance Academy in Arnhem.
In 2010 he won the Dutch national prize for choreographic talent, and the No Ballet competition in Germany.
Arch8 perfectly reflects his verve: theatrical traditions are a resource to be used to create new forms, shared in public space, architectural space, and theatrical space with a high degree of interactivity: the company consistently encourages an active viewing, a participatory imagining on the part of the public. With its innovative approach, the company has performed around the globe, including St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Cairo, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Senegal, and throughout Europe.