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, opera, film, performance, new media, design 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. In 2016 he created and directed the new opera “Gianni” based on the life of Gianni Versace for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin together with Brandt, Brauer, Frick.
His new media and installation work has been shown in the Palais de Tokyo, LA design week, Istanbul Modern, Beijing Design Week, European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Fundación Telefonica in Lima, Photokino, Köln, Seattle Design Festival, Øsknehallen, Copenhagen, San Pau Modernista, Barcelona, Istanbul Design Biennale, 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.
(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, Olympus, ELLE, ID&T, Moschino, Invista, Harmont & Blaine, Lee, Wrangler, MCQ, See by Chloe, Aliveshoes, Camel Active, Mercedes Benz Dutch Fashion Awards, Johan Cruijff, FILA, Tomorrow World, and Andrea Crews, amongst many others.)