For a full-evening performance that will premiere and tour in Spring 2019, Jiří Pokorný is looking for


with strong classical and contemporary technique

Audition details

when: Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:00–15:00
where: Korzo theatre, Prinsestraat 42, The Hague

Working period

The performance will be prepared in two working blocks, followed by a short tour in The Netherlands

Block I:  Research period: 19 to 30 November 2018
Block II: Creation and premiere performances: March 11 to April 13, 2019
Tour: May 2019


Please send your CV, photo and if possible a video link to stacz[@] before: 9 February 2018

The audition is by invitation only. Invitations will be sent in the week of February 12

Jiří Pokorný

Jirí Pokorný was born in Prague, Czech Republic in 1981. He started his dance training at the pre-ballet school of the State Opera in Prague when he was eight years old and continued his studies at the   Prague National Dance Conservatory. After his graduation, Jirí joined Laterna Magika Praha (2000) and three years later he joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) in The Hague, advancing to NDT1 in 2006. He has worked with many renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite and others. In August 2010, Jirí joined Crystal Pite’s new company, Kidd Pivot Frankfurt.

As a choreographer, Jirí created his first works at the annual choreography workshop of NDT, Switch From Dancer to Choreographer. His works Dead Nature and Flying Roof were created for the students of NDT’s Summer Intensive in 2010/11 and for the dancers of NDT 2 he created in the talent development program Up & Coming Choreographers the pieces Doze (2013) and Trivial Friend (2014). Also in 2013, Black Clouds Don’t Cry was premiered by Dekkadancers at the New Stage of National Theater Prague. One year later At Some Hour You Return premiered, Jirí’s first creation for NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon. The piece has been toured by the company internationally, including the acclaimed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In 2016, Jirí returned to create his second original work for the company Presence of Absence. In 2015, he choreographed A Honeydew Hunt for NDT 2, followed by Humpback Runner one season later. In the duet Sunday Neurosis that premiered in 2017 in Korzo’s program Here we live and now, Jirí Pokorný was performing himself, together with the acclaimed Czech mime director Radim Vizváry.

05 Feb 2018

On 1 April, Gemma Jelier will take up her duties as general director of Korzo in The Hague. She succeeds artistic director Leo Spreksel and former business director Aukje Bolle. In Gemma Jelier, Korzo has gained a director who is deeply involved and has a strong sense of responsibility for talent development and the importance of culture in society. The beginning of her directorship also signals an important step towards a renewed organisational structure that is geared towards the future.

With the succession of Leo Spreksel as artistic director, Korzo deliberated on the most efficient way forward for the organisation as a whole in anticipation of Leo Spreksel’s resignation. Spreksel has formed Korzo over such a long period of time and with such excellent results. It was decided that a general director should be appointed to which an artistic director and a business director will be added later to complete the managerial structure. She will appoint these positions in consultation with the supervisory board and various echelons of the organisation.

Gemma Jelier is currently head of the Bachelor dance department and coordinator of the preparatory program at ArtEZ Academy for the Arts (Arnhem). For the last six years she has been on the Raad voor Cultuur. Her previous positions include, business director at DOX, general manager of Springdance, business director with Huis & Festival a/d Werf, chairperson of the VSCD dance jury, and chairperson of the dance commission of the RRKC.

Gemma Jelier: ‘Actually, I’ve been secretly in love with Korzo and the city of The Hague for quite some time. For me, Korzo is the place that – directly and without diversion – invests in the development of dance, performance art, music, and circus. And all that in a wonderful international city by the sea that is constantly changing. But, it is also a special place for me because it’s where I started my career over twenty years ago… mopping a white dance floor just before the wonderful performance Bianco by Emio Greco/Pieter C. Scholten. It is a great honour and an unbelievable opportunity to be chosen to lead this amazing institution.’

Carla de Boer, chair supervisory board: ‘We are very pleased to have found someone so excellently qualified for this new position. Gemma Jelier is intensely dedicated to talent development, is convinced of the importance of culture in society, and is also well versed in business and management. Korzo can profit greatly from her experience in various advisory bodies. We wish her much success in her new position with the many great possibilities of our theater and production house, our international network and above all out dedicated and expert staff.’

Leo Spreksel, artistic director: ‘I gladly welcome Gemma Jelier as the new general director of Korzo. I admire her career, her commitment to and passion for the performing arts in the Netherlands. Korzo is a fantastic organization that has a prominent place in the field of the performing arts in the Netherlands. I am very confident that under her leadership Korzo and the Korzo team are on their way to a bright future.’

23 Jan 2018

Due to an update, it will not be possible to buy (online) tickets on Monday 4 December between 8:00 and 12:00 hrs. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

29 Nov 2017

The BNG Bank Dance Prize (€ 50.000,-) has been awarded to three up-and-coming choreographic talents: Astrid Boons, Sabine Molenaar, and Ryan Djojokarso during the Nederlands Dansdagen festival.

On Saturday, 7 October the BNG Bank Dance Prize was presented for the fourth time in the Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht. As in the previous year, the prize goes to three young and promising choreographers. This year, the prize goes to Astrid Boons, Sabine Molenaar, and Ryan Djojokarso. They received the prize, associated with a money prize of € 50.000,-, from Ina Adema, mayoress of Lelystad and board member of the BNG Cultuurfonds. On this occasion the new jury, counting five members, was introduced. The jury is chaired by journalist Annette Embrechts.

The BNG Bank Dansprijs was established in 2014 by the BNG Cultuurfonds in partnership with Korzo, the house of dance in The Hague, to offer talented choreographers the chance to take their work on tour through the Netherlands. The first prizewinners were Samir Calixto and Marina Mascarell, and last year the prize went to the young choreographers Dunja Jocic, Wubkje Kuindersma, and Ruykay Özpinar. Like these last three, the new prizewinners will tour together through the country with the successful theater formula DnasClick. The premiere of the 19th edition of DansClick is on 2 March 2018 in Theater de Hofnar in Valkenswaard. 

With DansClick, Korzo offers the public a wonderful introduction to the latest generation of dance makers. The multiple-bill program will be framed with introductory video portraits and an Aprés-Danse where the audience can enjoy drinks and talk to the choreographers and dancers. The winners of the BNG Bank Dance Award present their work during the 19th edition of DansClick.

12 Oct 2017

Fernando Hernando Magadan is seeking

one male and one female apprentice

with a good classical ballet base, a strong physical ability, and confident acting skills required for the creation of a full evening work.

Fernando Hernando Magadan’s new creation, Bending the Walls, is produced by Korzo productions in coproduction with Nederlands Dans Theater, and to be premiered in March 2018 with a small tour to follow.


May 14th, 2017 at 12pm, Korzo theatre in The Hague

Working periods

November 27 till December 9 2017 - Research Period
February 3 till March 14 - Creation Period
Dutch tour performances during April / May 


Please email a CV, headshot and relevant dance links to fernando[@] by midnight on May 9th, 2017.

About Fernando Magadan

Spanish choreographer Fernando Magadan, performed with Nederlands Dans Theater for 15 years.  His movement style is considerably physical and there is most often a significant theatrical element to his creations. 

He has created several works including pieces for NDT 1 and 2, the Curve Foundation Dance Company (Scotland), Luna Negra Dance Theater (Chicago), Cross Connection Ballet Company (Copenhagen), Ballet Mainz (Germany), Donlon Dance Company (Saarbrücken), Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Ballet BC (Vancouver), and Korzo productions (The Hague). He also choreographed a multidisciplinary show, Nierka, with visual designer Tupac Martir, which premiered in London in 2012.

Visit for more information.

About the piece

Inspired by how the human desire for happiness can also be a necessity, a strategy for protection and even survival, this new performance Bending the Walls is inspired by the incredible courage and resilience that people show under extreme pressure, and which enables them to transcend the reality and escape into a world of imagination. Dance becomes a metaphor for the psychological, physical and emotional forces that we can address to withstand the pressures of life and continue our incessant quest for happiness.

01 May 2017

For the new performance Aghori by choreographer Shailesh Bahoran, we are looking for theatrical, explosive male dancers, in the styles hiphop, experimental, breaking, popping, and funk-related styles. Acrobatic skills and physical flexibility are a major asset, and an out-of-the-box mindset is essential. 

The audition is for professionals and interns.

Creation period 20 days between end of August and mid October 2017
Stage rehearsals 10, 11, 12 October 2017
Premiere 13 October 2017
Performance 14 October 2017, at Korzo Theater, The Hague
Tour November/December 2017 and January 2018, 10 performances


Do you see yourself fit to be part of the Aghori cast? And are you available in the stated periods? The audition takes place on 4 and 5 May (call-back) 2017, 10:00-17:00, at Korzo Theater, The Hague. Apply before 29 April, by sending your CV with photo and promo video to johanna[@] Applications will be pre-selected, participation by invitation only.


In his work, hip-hop innovator Shailesh Bahoran is inspired by his roots. In surprising ways, he combines the compelling energy and virtuosity of hip-hop with elements of Hindustani culture. In the dance performance Aghori, Shailesh shows what total devotion looks like. The most important inspiration for this performance was the ‘Aghori’, Indian gurus who aim to attain enlightenment through years of meditation and training. Through unending mental and physical training, they make their way past countless sins, temptations, and emotions, to finally leave everything behind. Because only then can you experience the world in its true form.

20 Apr 2017

AUDITIONS for admittance into MoDem Pro, the in-depth training program focused on the artistic language of Compagnia Zappalà Danza.

Period of research: September - December 2017 / period of creation: January-March 2018.

Auditions will be held in April 2017 in Rome, Lyon, Milan, Barcelona, Den Haag, Catania.

For information and applications:

28 Mar 2017

Dance photography is a special form of photography. The Dance Photo of the Year competition is held in order to highlight the work of dance photographers. The jury has made a preselection, and now it's up to the audience to choose the winner. More than 25 photographers sent in a submission. The jury has selected the photos of Arjan Spannenburg, Michiel Goudswaard, Moon Saris and Olympe Tits. You can submit your valuable vote in the voting form.

The winner will be announced during CaDance. There will also be a selection of photos exhibited during the festival.

Award Ceremony

Sat 4 February, 22:00 | Theater aan het Spui

16 Jan 2017

For two new creations, choreographer Ryan Djojokarso is looking for :
professional dancers & stagiairs (m/f) with strong technique, improvisation skills and who are willing to participate in the process. 

  • The children's piece will perform both in theaters and in primary schools. Acrobatic/free running skills are a pre.
  • The other piece is a duet and will have its premiere at the CaDance Festival.

Audition dates
Sunday the 11th of September 2016 from 11:00 hrs (1st round)
Sunday the 18th of September 2016 from 11:00 hrs (call back)

Korzo Theater (Prinsestraat 42 - The Hague)

Rehearsals and tour period
14th of November 2016 - 20th of February 2017
(The exact dates are still to be confirmed).

Please send a cv, picture and video link before the 5th of September 2016 to: auditionkorzo[@]                  

Audition by invitation only

22 Jul 2016

On August 20th the annual Korzo Magazine with the new program of Fall/Winter 2016-2017 will be launched. Already curious about what the new season will bring? A selection of the program is already available on our website. From Augtust 20th until September 4th, you will receive 50% discount on every 2nd ticket! The Early Bird tickets are available via our website, at the box office and at the Korzo Stand on the Cultural Market on September 4th at the Lange Voorhout.

Check out the online program.

* The discount is not valid in combination with other discounts and does not apply for performances by third parties. The discount only applies to 'Normal' priced tickets and also applies to the India Dance Festival and the performances of CaDance that are published at the time.

07 Jul 2016


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