Jellie Dekker (1950)

Educated as television director at Santbergen Media Institute, Hilversum. Since 1983 tv-director at NOS/NPS/NTR Public Broadcasting.
From 2007 onwards freelance film & video director.Between 2007 and 2018 co-organizer Monday Match at the BIMhuis Amsterdam.
In 2020 Data-Images made a restart as a small independent company for the production and release of video films and documentaries.

Since 1983 Jellie Dekker has been a director of music and dance programmes at public broadcaster NTR-TV (formerly NOS and NPS) in The Netherlands. She directed registrations of opera and ballet works by o.a. Mozart and Kagel with The Netherlands Opera,  ballets as Romeo and JuliaNutcrackerSleeping Beauty, GiselleGreen Table (with The Dutch National Ballet) as well as work by contemporary choreographers as Van Dantzig, Duato, Van Manen and Wubbe. Next to that, she has been working with quite a number of contemporary choreographers on both film- and video-adaptations and on contemporary music productions.

Dekker directed many live broadcasts, a.o. the 10th Eurovision Young Dancer Competition from the Municipal Theatre in Amsterdam.

Alongside full lenght documentaries about the unknown Dutch dance history, of Hans Snoek – director of Scapino Ballet -, of prima ballerina Alexandra Radius, and of the founder of Dutch National Ballet Sonia Gaskell, she made documentary portraits of contemporary choreographers and dancers.

Sulphur, a dance movie made in close collaboration with choreographers Leine/Roebana, was screened at Springdance and Cadance Festival, and numerous dance movie festivals all over the world. As was Tuin van Eros / Eros Garden by choreographer Rudi van Dantzig and composer Louis Andriessen – in combination with the documentary by Paul Cohen winner of the Dance Screen Award 2005.

Since some years Dekker is working as an independent director/producer, which resulted in short dance and music films – for broadcast but also for theater and the internet – but mostly in documentaries.
She worked with dance improviser Michael Schumacher on Instant Steps (2001), portrayed composer Misha Mengelberg ( AFIJN, 2006, which was shown at numerous festivals all over the world), percussionist Han Bennink (Hazentijd, 2009), researched the life of Sonia Gaskell, founder of the Dutch National Ballet (Mevrouw / Madame, 2010), Nureyev’s collaboration with the Dutch National Ballet (A Russian in the polder, 2011), theaterdirector Annemarie Prins working in Cambodia on a piece about genocide (Dit Terzijde / By The Way, 2012) and the musical paths of composer/pianist Guus Janssen (De Buitenbocht / The Outside Lane, 2013).
Her last documentary film about Dutch dance legend Jaap Flier – Jaap Flier, Solo – can be watched on Vimeo, as well as the short dancemovie Miniatuur (2016) in which 82-year old Flier is still moving.
Her dancemovie DUÆL – with improviser Kenzo Kusuda – was shown at the Cinedance Festival 2021.