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Rohiet Tjon Poen Gie

What’s your name?

Rohiet Roché Tjon Poen Gie


Where were you born?

Paramaribo, Suriname


What’s your profession?

Performing dancer


Since when?

I officially graduated in September 2019, but I was already working before, even before I went to school.


What do you like most about your profession?

That I can be like a child, that I can play and explore. That I can play a character and do things I would not normally do. That I can express myself in a creative way. That I work with my whole body. That I can question things and explore with art. And move or inspire people.


What’s your hobby?

Dancing, watching movies, gaming.


What property to a person is important for you?

Friendliness, helpfulness, modesty, honesty.


Who do you admire?

My mother and my grandmother.


What’s your most prominent characteristic?

I often hear people say that I’m flexible.


What do you want to tell the world?

Dare to dream and make it happen! Don’t wait for others and believe in yourself!!


What do you want to learn?

I would like to learn other disciplines like theater, aerials, circus, Chinese pole, hiphop stands, choreographing.


What do you like about your appearance?

I like my torso the best.


For what can we wake you up?

Popeye’s, an American fastfood restaurant. It was my favourite food when I lived in Suriname.


What’s your most precious possession?

My body, my being, my life.

That I have this body and the creative spirit that goes with it. That I’m me.


What’s your most beautiful memory?

Holidays in Coronie, a district in Suriname. When I was younger, I went on holidays in Coronie at my grandmother’s, who sadly passed away. Sometimes alone and sometimes with a lot of cousins. Those holidays were the best experiences that I can remember.


One time, we went to the beach to swim. It was approximately 1 hour of walking. Once we got there, there turned out to be absolutely no water at the beach. There was only clay, with here and there some parwa and mangrove trees.


We kept on walking over the clay, hoping for some water to swim in. After a while we ended up at a place where the water had drawn away but the clay was still wet and soft. We decided to go in. We were covered in clay up to our necks and kept trying to get further. It was very hard. Like you were stuck in a jar of peanut butter and had to move forward.


In the end we gave up and ran home, because it was getting late and we were being attacked by mampiras (little flies) that appear around 7pm and sting you like mosquitoes, but sharper. This all covered in clay, all gray and half naked.


What’s your saddest memory?

I think when I was in my first year of school in the Netherlands and my grandmother passed away. I couldn’t go home or be with my family. And I didn’t have time to process my sadness: I had to do exams and got a shoulder injury. I didn’t succeed in any exam.


When were you happiest?

I think at the end of my 2nd year, when I didn’t have any money left and I started doing auditions to find a job. I passed 4 consecutive auditions. I had so much work and no time off at all, but I didn’t care. I was able to dance in cool productions, to travel abroad. For most of the work I got paid, and I didn’t have to go to school. I just liked the work and I felt like I had found a place in the Dutch work-field in dance.


Why did you cry, last time you cried?

When my girlfriend and I broke up, after breaking up over and over again. But this time I had really had it. I didn’t like how it happened and I regret that I didn’t always react to the situation in a good way.


Who would you like to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner again with my family.