Following her training in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Music and Dance in The Hague, she worked with several contemporary companies, including the Netherlands Dance Theatre and Introdance, touring all over the world. She received additional training in theatre and mime, got her MA in Theatre Science from the University of Amsterdam and simultaneously created different multi-disciplinary acts and dance-theatre performances.
In recent years she developed her practice to combine puppetry and dance and now works with leading figures in visual theatre such as Duda Paiva and Ulrike Quade, creating a number of pieces together. She has also established Ester Natzijl Projects with her own work, including the internationally acclaimed ‘WATCHING, ceci n’est pas de deux’ , a solo-duet which has been performed at festivals worldwide.
Throughout her career she has also been active as a ballet, contemporary dance, jazz ballet, physical theatre and puppetry teacher.