Cherif Zaouali





Chérif Zaouali was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1977 and is from Flemish and Tunesian origin. His youth was fillied with practicing a large variety of sports which he also started teaching at the early age of 16. In 1996 he began his professional dance career with a dance production by Emilie De Vlam, performing at the Ghent International Theatre Festival. After being asked to do more theater work in 1999, Cherif moved to Amsterdam, where he has been based ever since.

Chérif is an all-round performer,  working as an actor for film and theatre to dancing on roller skates, to dance-improvisation and contemporary dance. He also became involved in commercial projects and developed himself further as a dancer, learning from people such as David Zambrano, Paola Bartoletti, Andre Gingras ect. In dance-improvisation he worked with, amongst others, Vincent Verburg, Andreas Denk, Wies Bloemen, Kenzo Kusuda, Dayna Martinez Moralez, Katie Duck and Simon Rowe…Cherif has been active as an actor in Films like ‘Two to Tango’ (Dimitri Sterkens)De LIBI (Shady el Hamus ) DOWN( Dick Maas), television ( De  Ridder, , Flikken Maastricht,Parels en Zwijnen, Onderweg naar Morgen, GTST, De Ridder, Heer en Meester, ect…) and various theatre productions (Muz Theater, Sonnevanck, Danstheater Aya) . Did commercials for Nike, Coca-Cola (by Misha Klein),Oxxio, CAZ, Abn-Amro. Performed for the benefit of Robert Wilson at Watermill center (Hamptons NYC and Berlin)

He has also been involved as choreographer and performer for big dance-events such as Tomorrowland, Tomorrowworld (USA) and Sensation White and Sensation Black by ID-T (Europe).

Currently Cherif works as a freelance Actor, choreographer and dancer, involved in film and theatre productions and is remains as always in search of different ways of artistic expression…

He perfectioned his acting training at The Barrow Group (New York), Baron Brown studio (Meisner training, Los Angeles) Act2Act (NL) and the acting Year-program at Kemna-training (Netherlands).

Spare time interests:  Leather crafting , Yoga, Skating, singing ,Snowboarding,
Argentine Tango and Reiki/massaging…



Acting for Film & Theatre:

     2023.    Donkere bril (Drama/ Ouranos & Neshhagency / Jawad Maakor & Can Sunay)
     2022.    Okedoeibedankt (drama / Labyrint Film / BNN-VARA / Nicole van Kilsdonk)
   ’21-’22.  Hotel Wonderland ( immersive theatre – Cinereal productions )
     2021     Two To Tango kortfilm / 15min / Dimitri Sterkens / Belgie
     2019     DE LIBI Film, drama / 102 min. / The Rogues / regie: Shady El-Hamus
     2019     Spangas op zomervakantie 2(TV-Serie- Nick Jongerius – KRO-NCRV NLFilm )
     2018     Flikken Maastricht 12 (tv-misdaad serie – Martin Swab – Warner Bros )
     2016     De Ridder 4 (tv-misdaad serie – Eric Taelman- Eyeworks)
     2015     Heer & Meester 2 (tv-serie – Marc Willard – FourOneMedia – omroep MAX) 2015-‘18   We gaan op Berenjacht (Coproductie van Theater Sonnevanck en Silbersee)
     2015     De wraak van Morgarath (Theater-Tim koldenhof producties)
     2015     Beyond my Walls (Documentaire – Neske Beks – Submarine )
     2015     Goede tijden Slechte tijden (tv serie – Harald van Eck – Endemol )
2012-2013 Wildeman (Flora verbrugge /Theater Sonnevanck-Nationale ReisOpera-NNSO)
     2008     Onderweg Naar Morgen (Tv-serie – Ray Gallenkamp – Endemol Ned. BV) 
     2005     De Spaanse Schans (Theater – Ben Harrison – het MUZtheater)
     2005     Parels&Zwijnen (Tv-serie -Harold Oomes – Episode5 – Talpa – Rinkel Film)
     2005     Vacuum Room (VideoStellage – Aernaut Mik – Dutch prod.)
     2001     Down ( Film -Dick Maas – FirstFloorFeatures – NewYork- Dutch/American prod.)
     1999     Komosha (Film -Frank Alsema – VPRO – Belgian/Dutch prod.)

Dance-theatre & Dance :

2020-2023  Buurmans Keukenparade (Plan-D, Andreas Denk)
  2021.        Acceleratio ( Movementalist – Amsterdam )
  2020         Inertia (Vincent Verburg-Dayna Martinez Morales- Movementalist)
  2019         NMM Tank-event Zomeroffensief  (Casper Oorthuys- Bart Veen )
18’-‘19       Buurman in de Natuur (Andreas Denk – Plan-D –Nederland )
2016-17’18’Sluier / Veil (Wies Bloemen – Danstheater AYA – Nederland en Indonesië tour)
2014           Quatre Mains – Solo-performance (Cherif Zaouali-Kopergieterij-Belgium)
2012-2013  Wildeman (Flora verbrugge /Theater Sonnevanck-Nationale ReisOpera-NNSO)
2012           The Sweet Art of Bruising(A.Gingras–Dance Works Rotterdam/Andre Gingras) 
2011           Anatomica (A.Gingras – Dance Works Rotterdam/Andre Gingras )
2010-2011  Ready made Dance (Andre Gingras – Dance Works Rotterdam- New York)
2009           Ziel (Wies Bloemen – Danstheater AYA – International tours).
2008           Hartstocht (Wies Bloemen – Danstheater AYA – International tours).
2008           Drijfzand (rerun)(Wies Bloemen – Danstheater AYA – International tours).
2007-2008  Hartstocht (Wies Bloemen – Danstheater AYA – International tours).
2007           No Image (Vincent Verburgh – Movementalist – Fringe Rouge – Amsterdam)
2005-2006  Hera (Wies Bloemen – Danstheater AYA – International tours).
2005           Different Realities (Laurance Schreuder – Lozone Prod. – New York).
2003-2005  @ngst (Wies Bloemen – Danstheater AYA – International tours).
2004-2005  In Between Spaces (Vincent Verburgh – Movementalist – New York).
2001-2004  Drijfzand (Wies Bloemen – Danstheater AYA – International tours).

2003           Kicks/Danscombinatie 4 (Wies Bloemen-Danstheater AYA-Netherlands).
2002-2003  Triple ISH (Marco Gerris – Olbe Productions – International tours).
2001-2003  ISH Kwadraat (Marco Gerris – Olbe Productions – International tours).
1999-2002  ISH (Marco Gerris – Olbe Productions – International tours).
1999-2000  Skaters (Abdelaziz Sarrokh – Hush Hush Hush/Het Paleis – Belgium).
1997-2000  Komosha (Johan de Smet – De Kopergieterij – International tours).
1996           Presentation of Self in EDL.(Emilie de Vlam – European theater festival)

Other (Commercials / Voice-over / Shows/Events) :

      2019    AH-commercial ‘koken met bezorgers’ (Martijn Kranenburg- Big Shots prod.)
      2019    Tomorrowland 2019 (Main stage performance – Noi Pakon Projects)
      2018    Tomorrowland 2018 (Main stage performance – Noi Pakon Projects)
      2016    Nationale museumweek (Zscene moving media – Mark Wezenis )
      2015    Oxxio “#Apic”– TV-Commercial (XXS reclamebureau –Oxxio- Ned)
      2015    Tomorrowworld Performance “Astronomer”( ID-T Belgie) in Atlanta USA
      2013    Voice-over Radio commercial Ned1 –Vlaams- (John Bake Postproduction)
      2013    Tomorrowland 2013 (acting for filmtrailer + main stage performing) 
2011 – ‘13  Boekenbal ( Praan en Roekens BV)
      2012     Cinekid-Presentatie (Praan en roekens BV)
2009  -‘12  Tomorrowland- 2012 Main stage performer (Monsterverbond)                
2010 – ‘12 Robert Wilson Benefit Perf. in New York and Berlin (C.Zaouali-Andre Gingras)
2004  – ‘9     ID-T Act’s – Sensation white-black. Perf. ( Monsterverbond-Movementalist ).
     2004       Esprit fashion show (Ayke Productions.) 
     2004       Nike foto-shoot  (intern flyer Europe).
     2003       Coca-cola commercial “Discover New Look“( by Misha Klein).

       Dutch (Native dutch  and Flemish dialects),
                  German (basic)
       Spanish (beginner)

Experience & Workshops:

Actingtraining: Seth Barrish, Lee Brock (Barrow group – NYC) , 
                       Elaine Williams & D.W. Brown (Baron Brown- Meisner  technique – LA)
                        Leila gray (Meisner Technique) , Steven Ditmyer (NYC)
                        Katrien van Beurden, Mimoun Oaïssa, Dana Dewes(LA)
                        Hugo MetsersIII, Arnica Elsendoorn, Ben Harrisson, Bert Geurkink,
     Rifka Loodijzen, Arno Diricx, Flip Filtz, Hugo Konings, Mark Ram,
     Act2act-training, de Jaargang Kemna-training (NL)2014-15’

             Dance:  Contemporary, Improvisation, modern, Skate-dance, 
                                Acrobatics, classical (basic), Capoeira, Argentinian Tango
                  Workshops: David Zambrano, Paola bartoletti, Anjellique Willkie, 
                                      Andre Gingras.      


Phisycal Skills: 

            – Stage Combat (Bare fist Combat & Sword “Rapier” (thin bladed sword)
 -Dance : Contemporary, Improvisation, modern, Skate-dance, 
                           Acrobatics, Argentine Tango, classical (basic))
-Snowboarding / Skate boarding (basic-pool)
– free-running / parcours 
 -Roller-skating (+skate-dance)
 -In-line Skating / Stunt (Agressive + Vert)
 -Guitar (chords)
 -Singing (Alt)

Cherif teaches and coaches :   -Dance and Physical theatre 
                           -In-line skating, ice-skating.
                           -Physical movement in theatre


Actor profile:


Agent: BijMijs Agency



Nederlands (+ Vlaams), Frans, Engels, (basis Duits, Beetje Spaans)
Auto, Motor


Docent / Coach
Uitvoering: AHK
gedoceerde klassen: Docent Dans 1 en 2


Docent: DW Brown
Docent: Joanne Baron
Docent: Elaine Williams


"Geheimen van het Camera acteren"
Docent: Mimoun Oaissa
Docent: Steven Ditmyer
Overigen: speltraining
De Jaargang- Kemna Casting
Overigen: Acteertraining-Castingstaining
Theatre Hotel Courage workshop
Docent: Katrien van Beurden


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