I, Philine Janssens (She/Her) began my career several years ago as a professional dancer working for the finest opera houses and dance companies. By experience, I know what nudity and exposure feel like. Without having had any traumatic experiences as such (I must admit I rather enjoyed performing nude scenes), I am aware of the dangers lurking: peer pressure, consent issues, shame, coercion, traumas, and power dynamics, to name but a few.
As a professional choreographer and movement coach I am a people person who knows how to guide, coach, and add value to a production. This combination of skills and experiences brought me seamlessly to my current position as an intimacy coordinator (IC).
Let’s be honest: the best performances and scenes are shot when the cast and crew are in the moment. This can only be achieved when everyone involved is informed, respected, and working as a team. Intimacy must be addressed and openly discussed, with a view to taking characters, narratives, and productions to the next level.
Rest assured, I can make myself scarce when necessary but can also be very ‘hands-on’ (no pun intended) when directors or actors need me to be so. Clarity and open communication are of the utmost importance to guarantee a safe working environment.
‘As a creative artist, I work closely with performers and directors, focussing on positive body image, sensuality, vulnerability, and credibility while fearlessly bringing in a wide range of expertise to fulfill the potential of each project.’
Professional references are available on request.