Sigrid T'Hooft

Sigrid T'Hooft


Library officer & scientific staff member in the Resounding Library cluster

After her studies in musicology at KUL, Sigrid T'Hooft (°1963) was associated for nearly 20 years with the Flemish radio (VRT), first as a collaborator in the implementation of the digitisation of the sound archive and music library, and later as an editor of classical music programmes (Radio3/Klara).

During her studies she started intensive research into early dance with a Master Thesis on French Renaissance Dance music as a result. She founded the dance ensembles "Passo Ostinato", "Fontainebleau" and "Corpo Barocco", with which she has developed numerous programmes over the years. Since the 1990s, she has increasingly made a name for herself as an opera director, with an emphasis on historically informed performance practice. Her staging of Handel's opera “Radamisto” in 2009 brought her onto the international stage and led to her venture into freelance work as a

choreographer/director of opera and theatre. Over the last 15 years she built a fine career across Europe, and staged more than 35 operas, plays, and numerous "mise-en-geste" concerts.

Sigrid T'Hooft has taught baroque movement to singers in the early music departments of the Conservatories of Leipzig and The Hague and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, as well as early dance at numerous conservatories in Belgium and abroad. For many years she has been a valued researcher and lecturer at numerous international institutions and conferences, and is welcomed as an inspiring guest teacher of historical dance and period drama.

In 2021 she joined the research group ‘Resounding Libraries’ as a library officer at Orpheus Instituut for Advanced Studies & Research in Music (Ghent), and she is also connected with the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles as a guest teacher since 2022.