The Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance education at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium. After a 12-year long career in various European dance companies Annabelle decides in 2003 to focus solely on choreography.

In that same year she was hailed “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” (NRC newspaper) and only 7 years later the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote: ”Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry”.


Annabelle is an award-winning and sought-after choreographer that has created works for 50 dance companies around the world such as the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gran Canaria Ballet, Gothenborg Ballet, Modern Dance Theater Ankara, Modern dance Theater Istanbul, BalletX, Pennsylvania Ballet, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Ballet National de Marseille, Ballet Hispanico, Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, BJM-Danse Montréal, Jacoby&Pronk, Saarbrucken Ballett, Chemnitzer Ballett, Whim W’him, Incolballet de Cali, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Scottish Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Augsburg Ballet, Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Ballet Nacional de Cuba , Grand Rapids Ballet, Ballet Moscow, House of Makers Amsterdam, West Australian Ballet, Ballet Manila, Stockholm 59° north, Ballet Nacional Chileno, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Daniil Simkin’ Intensio Project, Silicon Valley Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Black, English National Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Estonian National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet.


In April 2012, she creates her first full-length ballet “A Streetcar named desire” in collaboration with theater director Nancy Meckler for the Scottish Ballet. “Streetcar” was acclaimed by both press and public, and received several awards; South Bank Award, National Dance Award for Best classical choreography, and a nomination for the Olivier Award. Since then she has been invited to create more narrative work  such as “Dangerous Liaisons” for Grand Rapids Ballet, “Broken wings; the life and work of Frida Kahlo” for English National Ballet and “Red Riding Hood” for Ballet Black, UK.


Ms Lopez Ochoa is a versatile choreographer who works regularly within the dance field but also creates for theatre, opera, musical theatre and in 2006, for the celebrated Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf’s project in the Van Gogh Museum.

She belongs to the Theater-Dance collective “Fantasten” with whom she created successfully five full-length physical theater plays, which have been performed in numerous theaters and festivals throughout the Netherlands. Annabelle has been invited to the faculty of Jacob’s Pillow Summer School 2016 as a guest contemporary choreographer.


Ms Lopez Ochoa has won several choreography awards;
2002: the Hannover’s Choreographers competition - 3rd prize with the piece "Clair/Obscur"
2003: International Choreographer’s Competition of Bornem (Belgium) First prize and public’s prize  with the

piece “Replay
2007: selected for the New York Choreographic Institute.
2009: both her pieces “Zip Zap Zoom” (BJM-Danse Montreal) and “Nube Blanco” (Luna Negra Dance Theater)

were included in the list of 10 best dance highlights of the year in San Diego and Chicago
2010: Zip Zap Zoom was included in the 10 best dance moments of the year by the Pittsburg Gazette
2011: Zip Zap Zoom was included in the 10 best Dance highlights of the year in the Montreal Gazette
2012: Dance Magazine US named her work “Cylindrical Shadows”, created for Pacific Northwest Ballet, as one

of the highlights of 2012.
2013: Awarded ‘Best Classical Choreography’ for her full-length ballet "A Streetcar named desire", created for

the Scottish Ballet, by the Circle of Critics of the National Dance Award UK
2013: Awarded the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for “Best new production” for "A Streetcar named desire"
2013: Nominated for an Olivier Award in the category best new dance production for "A Streetcar named desire"

2014: ‘Sombrerisimo’ created for Ballet Hispanico, and one of the three commissions for Fall For Dance NYC

10th anniversary, has been included in the ‘Best of 2013’ of US Dance Magazine.

2015: ‘Sombrerisimo’ created for Ballet Hispanico received the Villanueva Award for best international

production in Cuba, after its appearance during the 24th International Dance Festival of La Habana.

2015: ‘A Streetcar named desire’ was revived by the Scottish Ballet and has been included in ‘The best of the year 2015” by Laura Molzahn of the Chicago Tribune,

‘The Six game-changing productions of 2015’ by Steve Sucato of the Pittsburg City Paper,

“The Dance in 2015’ by Mark Monahan of the Guardian UK.

2015: “Mammatus’, created for the Joffrey Ballet is included in the “Best dance of 2015” by Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-times

2016: Oscurio got an honorary mention in the Libro de Honor del Teatro Alicia Alonso, Cuba

2016: Broken Wings, created for ENB in April 2016 is on several Best of 2016 list:

Dance Magazine Europe, December issue

The Arts Desk UK http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/best-2016-dance-ballet

DanceTabs. com http://dancetabs.com/2017/01/memorable-performances-of-2016-london/

Pointe Magazine http://pointemagazine.com/inside-pt/the-standouts/

The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/dec/04/luke-jennings-best-dance-2016-akram-khan-michael-clark-tamara-rojo?CMP=share_btn_tw

2016: Broken Wings, created for ENB has been nominated in the category Best new classical choreography by the National Dance Award. As well as Tamara Rojo was nominated for her role of Frida Kahlo, and Irek Mukhamedov for his role of Diego Rivera.