Martin Butler is an interdisciplinary artist, and stage director. He was trained in Drama at Manchester University, and then later Choreography and Performance at the SNDO, in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.
His work has always bridged and combined various disciplines, dance, theatre, music, film, performance, new media, and fashion, and through this interdisciplinary approach his work explores the new dramatic that the combination of different genres facilitate. Since 1998 he has been creating performance work, at various theatres and festivals internationally.
His new media and installation work has been shown in the Palais de Tokyo, Istanbul Modern, Beijing Design Week, European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Los Angeles Design Festival, Fundación Telefonica in Lima, Photokino, Köln, Øsknehallen, Copenhagen, San Pau Modernista, Barcelona, Wiels Museum, Istanbul Design Biennale, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Seattle Design week, Amsterdam Museum, Pixxelpoint Festival in Slovenia, Olympus Photographry Playground, Berlin, shaded view on fashion film festival, Centre Pompidou Paris, Kasteel Keukenhof, the Netherlands, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, Marres, Maastricht, Salon Amsterdam, and Mediamatic, amongst many others.
From 2004-2014 he worked as artistic consultant for Mediamatic, Amsterdam, developing exhibitions and events, including the Amsterdam Bienalle and the IK, IK, IK series of exhibitions dealing with self representation.
In 2010-2012 he collaborated as researcher and co-writer, for a project of Delft University and European Institute of Technology led by Prof. Caroline Nevejan, examining performance presence and trust in the internet age, the book ” Witnessing You” was published in November 2012.
Since 2003 he has also been working as a commercial Art Director, concept developer and installation designer for fashion related events, and has collaborated with Diesel, Diesel Black Gold, LEE, Wrangler, ELLE, ID&T, Moschino, Invista, Harmont & Blaine, MCQ, See by Chloe, Aliveshoes, Camel Active, Mercedes Benz Dutch Fashion Awards, Johan Cruijff, FILA, And Beyond, Gianni Versace Retrospective and Andrea Crews, amongst many others.
In 2014 he worked as dramaturgist for the international award winning opera/ dance ﬁlm “Symmetry” by director Ruben van Leer in collaboration with the European Nuclear Research Centre (CERN), CTM Pictures and NTR Podium.
He worked as a stage director and scenographer for the international project “Perseus & Andromeda”, together with the Italian ensemble L’Aura Rilucente, which introduced children to the world of the classics and baroque music, combining performance, shadow play and opera. In 2016 he developed and directed the successful new opera “GIANNI” based upon the life of Gianni Versace with German musical ensemble Brandt, Brauer and Frick for the Deutsche Opera, Berlin.
In 2017 he worked as artistic advisor on Nicole Beutler’s new work Triple moon at the Amsterdamse Schouwburg and as dramaturgist for Kate Moore’s and Ruben van Leer’s “Sacred Environment” for the Holland Festival.
He continues to develop “The Chromatic Dinner” an ongoing collaboration with chef Alexander Gershberg based on the chinese elements it explores the impacts of multisensorial synethesia. Presented at Mediamatic, Amsterdam, LA design festival, Hollywood, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Seattle design festival, and Beijing Design Festival where it won the prize for food and innovation.
Currently he is developing a series of new works, a new opera together composer Georg Friedrich Haas together with Librettist Harriet Chessman and ensemble Adapter, dealing with the life of Edda Göring, and “Isabella” based on the works of the forgotten Italian Poet Isabella di Morra with Composer Kate Moore.
This summer he is creating a new staging of the “Schwäbische Schophfüng” in collaboration with Ensemble Societe Lunaire and Festival Alte Musik am Bodensee.