Productions

Korzo is one of the Netherlands’ largest dance producers for young top talent. From our home base of The Hague, talented choreographers work on new performances and take these on tour through the Netherlands and abroad.

They do this usually in the form of full-length performances, but also in exciting combined programs such as DansClick. Each season in this successful formula, Korzo introduces a new generation of dance makers to the Dutch public in a refreshing way. Korzo productions are seen all over the world, from Maastricht to Groningen, and from Taiwan to Russia. Korzo sees beginning creatives take their first steps and hosts premieres of new performances by renowned artists such as Ann Van den Broek, Duda Paiva, Jiří Kylián, Joeri Dubbe, Samir Calixto and Alida Dors.

In addition to supervising choreographers, Korzo is famed for staging successful festivals and events for dance talent: CaDance Festival, India Dance Festival, Here we live and now and Voorjaarsontwaken.

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On tour this season:

Conny Janssen Danst provides opportunities for young talent through DANSLOKAAL, the talent development project, where young artists are invited to develop new work together with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst. For each event artistic director Conny Janssen, one of the leading choreographers in the Netherlands, collaborates with a variety of partners and selects promising choreographers with diverse backgrounds. For the 6th edition these are: Dunja Jocic (Korzo), Ingrid Berger Myhre (Dansateliers) and Tu Hoang (Conny Janssen Danst). They get the opportunity to work on the development of their own signature within the professional context of the company. The result is a surprising dance evening with three new pieces, created for and with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst.

After a series of performances in Rotterdam, Conny Janssen Danst provides a nationwide platform to the young choreographers. Wondering what the results of this collaboration look like? Come and find out during DANSLOKAAL on tour!

The choreographers duo Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud are currently working on the second part of their SOUL series, in which they search for the true nature of humanity. In 2017 they devoted SOUL #1 Audience to the soul of the public. That did not go unnoticed. The performance enjoyed a successful premiere and subsequent performances at the CaDance festival, where the ‘fourth wall’ – the boundary between the stage and the audience - went up in smoke.

With the new creation SOUL #2 Performers, you descend with the dance makers into the internal world of the performers. What would they be without you, the audience? Why do they do what they do? What is it like to take up challenges and push your own limits in the service of a choreographer and the arts? You will discover all this and more in this multi-disciplinary performance where you will meet with dancers of different generations, such as David Krugel (formerly of the Nederlands Dans Theater 3) and Claire Hermans (nominee for the Piket Kunstprijzen 2017).

Ryan Djojokarso inspired by a James Baldwin book.

As one of the leading authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin denounced important racial and sexual misdeeds. Choreographer Ryan Djojokarso sought inspiration for his new performance in his book Giovanni’s Room (1956). The American David is about to marry Hella, but falls deeply in love with the Italian Giovanni in Paris. We follow David through the night leading up to the most horrible morning of his life, when his lover will be gone forever. A dance unfolds where soft intimacy, masculine camaraderie, sexual tension, and an all-consuming self-hatred struggle to prevail. What happens to you, when you are so afraid that you can no longer love?

'His touch could never fail to make me feel desire; yet his hot, sweet breath also made me want to vomit.' uit: Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin (1956)

Five dancers enthusiastically chase each other around and get lost in rules that tumble over each other and keep changing. A playful game ensues where they go together in search of the rules. When are you ‘it’? How many people can ‘tag’? Do you help someone in need? Jij bent 'm! (you’re it!) is a sportive and dynamic performance by choreographer Ryan Djojokarso and theatre maker Bram Jansen where rules of behaviour are slowly revealed. But in the end, they have to agree on these rules so that the real game can begin. But watch out! You’ll get caught up in this game of tag before you know it.

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.

‘And then, there’s the pearl’, wrote the NRC about the work of Stephen Shropshire during the last edition of the CaDance Festival. That is why we invited him to perform the intriguing duet We Are Nowhere Else But Here once more in Korzo, for those who missed it or would like to see it again.  Stephen sought inspiration in the writings of art critic and activist Edward Said. He cites ‘coexistence’ as the greatest challenge of our time; meaning that different values can exist together without hierarchy. The true acceptance of one another without suppressing the differences that exist between each other. Shropshire translates this idea into the stimulating and poetic performance We Are Nowhere Else But Here in which he appeals to us to relate to one another beyond generalizations and first impressions.

Actress, dancer, and choreographer Rukmini Vijayakumar has achieved star status in her homeland, India. At the festival in Korzo last year she made a great impression with her own take on Bharatanatyam. With her athletic body and surprising perspective on space, dynamics, and emotion, she manages to place this age-old dance form in a contemporary context. This year she was selected for the coveted international residence, supported by the Kylián Foundation. Rukmini presents an evening’s program in three parts with love as the central theme. Two traditional Bharatanatyam dances are the entry point to the world premiere of a totally original new creation.

The monumental opera Satyagraha by the world-renowned composer Philip Glass was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of peaceful resistance. The opera is not performed often, though it is seen as a key work in the composer’s output. Satyagraha is also the one opera where the influence of Indian music in Glass’ work is most clearly manifest. The composer gave permission to Korzo and Kwekers in de kunst to perform this opera in a new setting with Indian contemporary dance. Sixty choir singers specialized in classical and Indian music, opera singers, Indian dancers, contemporary dancers, and musicians bring this musical happening on tour.

Satyagraha translates as “truth force”. The opera is sung in Sanskrit, does not have a linear storyline and covers three acts. Each of the three parts represents a period of time overshadowed by war and violence. Where, in Act 1, the call to violence and its effects become tangible, Act 2 focuses on the inanity and destructive power of violence. Act 3 refers back to Act 1 and questions how the endless cycle of violence can be broken. The gods are silent. Man himself must bring to life the hope of a new beginning from his own convictions.

Good or evil. Angel or devil. Superhero or villain. What is good and what is evil? And who decides? These days, religion and mythology have less of an influence on us. The search for role models and the adoration of politicians, Hollywood stars and pop singers, however, is still as pervasive as ever. Growing up in an Indian family, choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman heard many Indian mythological stories. These stories portray good and evil differently than the social norm: heroes can also be ‘bad’ and villains can be ‘good’. Fascinated by the open-mindedness, Kalpana explores the image of the perfect superhero in Superhuman: our inner darkness with five dancers, a singer-songwriter, and a cartoonist.  

During this jubilee edition, Korzo and the BNG Culture Fund present the winners of the BNG Bank Dance Prize 2018. The work of Frenchman Antonin Comestaz displays a great sense of dynamics, space, energy, and musicality. Especially for DansClick, Antonin distils a favourite phrase from Surface Image - a performance he created for 19 Codarts dancers, 40 speakers, and one pianist – and uses this for a new duet. In the grim trio Essential Rights, Fernando Troya reveals a world where there’s much to be fought for. Kim-Jomi Fischer & Marta Alstadsæter field question if they create circus or dance with a soft, flowing and sculptural play with power, balance and proportion, and everything within that description that can fly and can be hung off balance. ENGEL is inspired by the poem by Toon Tellegen. The multiple-bill program will be accompanied by introductory video portraits and an Après Danse where the public can enjoy drinks and talk with choreographers and dancers. DansClick offers ‘a delicious sampler of choreographic talent’, Theaterkrant.nl.

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