Rosa Vissers (NL/US) is a Seattle-based dance artist and nonprofit leader. For more than 10 years, Rosa has performed internationally with over 20 companies and independent artists on large and small stages, film, sidewalks as well as in galleries, parks, and living rooms.
Artists include The Real Shannon Stewart, zoe|juniper, KT Niehoff, Jessica Jobaris, De Meekers, Lucia Neare, Carla Barragan & Marissa Rae Niederhauser.
Rosa believes in magic; in bodies, minds, and movement—in dance as thought. Creating her first choreography for 6 dancers when she was 15, her work has since been presented in the Netherlands, Hungary, Utah, Idaho, Chicago, NYC, Portland and at venues in and around Seattle. Her first short dance film, Pull, came out in 2013. Her work has been funded by 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
Together with queer theater artist HATLO she forms PE|Mo. PE|Mo creates immersive performance works that
incorporate unpredictable social arrangements, physical risk, and alternative narratives. PE|Mo has received multiple residencies, including at the Orchard Project in upstate New York and Cornish Playhouse in Seattle and has been funded by 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Work has been presented by Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Lo Fi Arts Festival (Smoke Farm) and Open Flight. PE|Mo received a 2016 DANCE CRUSH award by SeattleDances for Anatomy of an Accident. More >>
Rosa completed her conservatory dance training at the ArtEZ School of Dance in the Netherlands and Budapest Tanciskola in Hungary and her MFA in Modern Dance at the University of Utah. She received a prestigious Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds scholarship for the 50 most promising young artists and scientists in the Netherlands in 2004, and the Hey-Konijnfonds scholarship in 2004 and 2005 from the city of Arnhem.
Rosa is also a 500-hr certified yoga teacher as well as a permaculture designer.
In addition to her performance career, Rosa is a passionate nonprofit leader and activist. She is the Executive Director of local nonprofit Yoga Behind Bars, offering trauma-informed yoga and meditation to incarcerated youth and adults in 17 facilities in WA State. Before joining YBB she was the Development Director at Velocity Dance Center, Managing Member of Open Flight Studio, a Co-Artistic Director of Dance Art Group (known for organizing the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation) and co-founder of the BareFoot Collective in Tacoma.