Kenzo Kusuda

Holland-based Japanese choreographer / dancer Kenzo Kusuda reveals the poetry of the dancing body. Kusuda takes the audience to a world filled with imagination. His work is possessed of a mystic beauty that lies beyond the perception of our physical senses. Simply with the body's movement on an almost empty stage, he is able to reveal that which is the invisible.

In the days when he was studying economics / business administration and worked part-time at the world biggest fish market in Tokyo, Kusuda became so fascinated by the dance performances he attended, that he decided to further explore this art form. Through his auto-didact learning process he developed a very personal and intense movement language that gained almost immediate recognition.

Since he was brought to Netherlands by Elshout / Handeler in 1999, Kusuda has appeared in works by various choreographers/theater makers such as Emio Greco | PC, Boukje Schweigman, Shusaku Takeuchi, Joaquim Sabate, Dylan Newcomb, Paul Selwyn Norton, Cora Bos-Kroese (C-Scope), Katie Duck, Michael Schumacher, MAGPIE Music & Dance Company, Martin Butler, Nita Liem (Don’t Hit Mama), Karine Guizzo, DOGTROEP, Kirstie Simson, Adam Benjamin and Karina Holla, to name a few, who were all fascinated by seemingly endless creativity and imagination with which Kusuda makes movement into dance.

Kusuda began making choreographies in Japan, largely solo pieces for himself. His first choreography in the Netherlands was the trio Moisture Rocket, which he made with Dansateliers Rotterdam. This piece, in a shortened duet version with Korzo productions in The Hague, was cited by the commission of the Nederlandse Dansdagen as one of the high points of the season 2001~2002. Kusuda has since become one of the insiders’ tips of the Dutch dance scene. The CaDance Festival 2002 featured his duet Muse on Screw, and in 2003 he made the male-trio Hypnos Loco Loco Locomotion with DansWerkplaatsAmsterdam & Korzo producties Den Haag, that was successfully presented at festivals such as: Dance Link NRW/NL (Den Haag), Julidans Festival (Amsterdam), Tenps-Dance Festival (Bourges, France), Cape Town University of Art & Jomba Festival, Durban (South Africa).

In 2005, he created his first full-evening dance production, a quintet entitled invisitors' vista with Korzo producties Den Haag. This production has toured all over the Netherlands and was also presented in Germany and France. Kusuda has been invited as a guest choreographer for the Theaterschool Amsterdam / Modern Theater Dance Education Department, where he has created a group piece for 7 dancers Fever in my Shadow (2006), later followed by a group piece for 16 young dancers of Theaterschool Amsterdam Abyss in Wonderland (2008-2009). The CaDance Festival 2006 commissioned Kusuda to create a duet with the title Tangent, a collaboration duet project with former NDT dancer Amos Ben-Tal, which was enthusiastically received by the public under the festival’s theme "Double Intuition".

In autumn 2007, the duet Moisture Rocket toured throughout the Netherlands for the second time in the touring program DansClick 3, the choice of the 30 Playhouse directors / programmers. Recently Moisture Rocket was also shown twice in Barcelona both in 2007 & 2008, and was also presented in M.I.J.N Festival (Made-In-Japan-Nederland Festival) in korzo5HOOG as the opening program of the new temporarily location of Korzo Theater in May 2008, korzo5HOOG.

Kusuda's second full-length creation for Korzo productions, the quartet Honey Crypto was premiered on 25 October 2008, as one of the opening program of CaDance Festival 2008. Honey Crypto has toured throughout the Netherlands and Barcelona in April & May 2009.

Together with choreographers Dylan Newcomb, Bruno Listopad, Giulia Mureddu and Karine Guizzo and artistic co-ordinator Jette Schneider, Kenzo Kusuda is one of the founding members of “Danslab”, a dance research laboratory in The Hague. As a first generation Danslab choreographer, Kusuda conducted his own research projects entitled A Study About A Body In Front Of The Other Body (2008) and Infiltrating Presence (2009). www.danslab.nl

Currently, Kusuda has been working in close collaboration with Dutch theater maker Boukje Schweigman. Together they created the performance TUSSEN (2010), in which he is featured as a principal performer. The sold-out tour of TUSSEN was received with enthusiastic standing-ovation in every theater. Kusuda is also featured as a main figure in Schweigman's dance film VAL, which was premiered in Cinedans Festival 2010 and later broadcasted on NPS television channel. Together with Michael Schumacher, David Zambrano, Anouk van Dijk and Simone Gomis, Kusuda's distinctive performance style was featured in the multi-media production VOID by Sabine Linz, which was presented in the Melkweg Theater, Amsterdam in May 2010.

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BARE is enchanting music theatre by the phenomenal Japanese choreographer Kenzo Kusuda and the young talented composer Angus Barnacle in which the musicians play the leading parts. Everything in this piece is about their ambitions and desires. These ambitions and desires lead them to study for thousands of hours, drag heavy instruments around, and perform acrobatic feats while playing. Set to Barnacle’s poetic music, Kusuda’s choreography makes their struggle and insecurity visible in identifiable and human images; as well as their passion and pride.

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Korzo is situated in the middle of the Hofkwartier; one of eight charismatic districts in the city center of The Hague. This place that oozes cultural history, with cozy nooks and crannies around every corner offers more than enough opportunities for an intimate dance project. CaDance invited five choreographers to make a performance suited to one of the hidden gems in this area. With no more than 24 other spectators, you will go visit all the performances and look the dance straight in the eye.

5 x 5 is a CaDance productie and is financially supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Zuid Holland, Fonds1818, Ministry of OCW and The City of The Hague.

The performance of Cora Bos-Kroese is created in cooperation with C-Scope.

An evening on the town with a delicious meal? Korzo and Japanese restaurant Oni offer you a sushi bar for only € 15,- before the performance of Flora, Lucifer, Nebula, Dew. Kenzo Kusuda will join your table during dinner. 

The inexhaustibly creative Japanese dancer and choreographer Kenzo Kusuda is a unique phenomenon in the world of dance. His performances and dance style are personal, poetic, and often breathtakingly intense. With Flora, Lucifer, Nebula, Dew, Kenzo presents a new program for which he collaborated with four completely different dancers hailing from China, India, Bolivia, and Senegal.

Flora
choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Alioune Diagne | costume Bernadette Corstens | music Kenzo Kusuda, Masayuki Yamada, Nao Ikeda, Giovanni Paisiello I light Peter Lemmens

Lucifer
choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Revanta Sarabhai  | costume Jookje Zweedijk | music Kenzo Kusuda , Masayuki Yamada I light Peter Lemmens

Nebula
choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Carmen Collazos Moyano   | costume Jookje Zweedijk | music Nannan Liu, Carmen Collazos Moyano, Kenzo Kusuda, Ivo BolI light Peter Lemmens

Dew
choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Nannan Liu  | costume Jookje Zweedijk | music Oene van Geel I light Peter Lemmens

Thanks to Maaike Cotterink, Boukje Schweigman, Company Vidanza (Cochabamba / La Paz Bolivia)  | A special thanks to Leo Spreksel for conceiving and facilitating this international and intercultural exchange project.

The inexhaustibly creative Japanese dancer and choreographer Kenzo Kusuda is a unique phenomenon in the world of dance. His performances and dance style are personal, poetic, and often breathtakingly intense. With Flora, Lucifer, Nebula, Dew, Kenzo presents a new program for which he collaborated with four completely different dancers hailing from China, India, Bolivia, and Senegal.

Flora
choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Alioune Diagne | costume Bernadette Corstens | music Kenzo Kusuda, Masayuki Yamada, Nao Ikeda, Giovanni Paisiello I light Peter Lemmens

Lucifer
choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Revanta Sarabhai  | costume Jookje Zweedijk | music Kenzo Kusuda , Masayuki Yamada I light Peter Lemmens

Nebula
choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Carmen Collazos Moyano   | costume Jookje Zweedijk | music Nannan Liu, Carmen Collazos Moyano, Kenzo Kusuda, Ivo Bol I light Peter Lemmens

Dew
choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Nannan Liu  | costume Jookje Zweedijk | music Oene van Geel I light Peter Lemmens

Thanks to Maaike Cotterink, Boukje Schweigman, Company Vidanza (Cochabamba / La Paz Bolivia)  | A special thanks to Leo Spreksel for conceiving and facilitating this international and intercultural exchange project.

Secretive shapes float in the atmosphere
windswept with the wrinkles of time, creases of space
listening to the rustling of souls,
in the space between appearing and disappearing
they are carried away by the current of rapture through the folds of the present...

After the success of the duet Moisture Rocket - the first choreography presented by Kusuda in the Netherlands - he debuted in the CaDance festival with Muse on Screw: a duet for dancer Nora Heilmann and himself.

Choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Nora Heilmann and Kenzo Kusuda | composition Kumi Nakajiama (viola and vocals), Ivo Bol | dramaturgyKenshiro Nakata | consultant Miki Sugiura | lighting/design Josanne Buiting and Piet Mensonides.

Recensies: 

‘As he does in Moisture Rocket, Kusuda and Nora Heilmann dance a Golden Goose fairy-tale with remarkable concentration.’ (de Volkskrant, November 2002)

‘The two snap, shake and jackknife synchronously through space, but the sensual undertone makes for a pleasantly sensitive ‘Japanese’ dance poetry...’ (NRC Handelsblad, November 2002).

Invisitor’s vista, the choreography by Kenzo Kusuda, was premièred on 26 May 2005, in the Korzo theatre in The Hague, The Netherlands. This full-evening dance-performance  reveals the poetry of the dancing body. Kusuda takes the audience to a world filled with imagination. His work is possessed of a mystic beauty that lies beyond the perception of our physical senses. Simply with the movement of five bodies on an almost empty stage, he is able to reveal that which is invisible.

Choreography Kenzo Kusuda in cooperation with the performers Sebo Bakker, Angelina Deck, Miguel Angel Plukkel, Kay Patru, Kenzo Kusuda | choreographic assistant Miki Sugiura | music Ivo Bol and Kenzo Kusuda | dramaturgy Kenshiro Nakata | costumes Natascha Helmer | light design Peter Lemmens.

Recensies: 

The performances were received with critical acclaim:

‘The materials are luxurious but creased. The style of these costumes corresponds with the way in which the five characters move; completely and with devotion, turning every which way, shooting, reaching and probing’  (de Volkskrant).

‘In his newest choreography, ‘Invisitor’s Vista’, Kusuda manages to fascinate the audience; if not always with his bizarre combination of movements, then most certainly with clear poetic undercurrents’.  (Haagsche Courant)

Honey Crypto, the new choreography by the Japanese Kenzo Kusuda, celebrates the sweet sensuality of Man and nature, and the magical power of healing wounds. Kusuda finds his inspiration in the golden glow of the sun that’s just about to disappear behind the horizon, and, like a ball of dripping honey, has a magnetic attraction on Man and animal.

What matters for Kusuda is not only the enticement and appeal that comes with this attraction, but also the energy that is freed when this force dissipates.

Choreography Kenzo Kusuda | dance Mireia de Querol Duran, Angelina Deck, Kay Patru, Joeri Dubbe | music Ivo Bol & Kenzo Kusuda | costumes Natascha Helmer | lighting design Peter Lemmens | artistic consultant Jaap Flier.

Honey Crypto is a Korzo production and is made possible with financial support through project subsidy of the Netherlands Fund for the Performing Arts. With thanks to Danslab (Den Haag) for the space and opportunity for a preliminary study project as part of Honey Crypto.

An electrifying contrast of two kindred spirits, searching in their own dance-idiom… the duo formed by Amos-Ben Tal and Kenzo Kusuda has it all. They have never worked together, nor have they ever met, on stage or off. In the run-up to the CaDance festival 2006 they suddenly found themselves together in the studio assigned to make and dance a new choreography. A challenge in which their intuition will be an important guide.

Tangent shows two people feeling out each other, finding each other or letting go.

In its first weekend, CaDance opens the doors of the new Korzo theatre. With a special opening program for the theatre and the new performance by Ann Van den Broek, we introduce you to the new building and the future of the dance in the Netherlands.

program at Korzo theater 

Korzo has been the start of an exciting career for many talented dance makers. The building in the Prinsestraat has always been a home for the dance, a birthplace that is intimately connected to the history of the dance in the Netherlands. Dance makers and dance lovers have this building to thank for countless special memories. We now begin a new chapter: a new story in a building with a future.

No story without an audience. We therefore cordially welcome you.

 

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