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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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 

19:30 – 20:30 
The Opening
20:30 – 21:00
drinks
21:00 – 22:15  Ann Van den Broek – Q61

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. In this festive opening program you will get to know all the nooks and crannies of the new house. You will be led in groups past works by various dance artists. They will give colour to the future of Korzo and the dance in the Netherlands. Kenzo Kusuda will lead you with Flora past the poetry of the body, David Middendorp combines his talents in the hallucinatory Blue Journey, and choreographer Alida Dors offers a reflection on her future as a dance maker with Or Fall For Everything. We are especially honoured by the participation of Jiří Kylián, artist of international renown and a true dance innovator. He takes on new challenges in the small auditorium, where he will realize his piece Anonymus in collaboration with dancers Sabine Kupferberg and Cora Bos-Kroese, and video artist Jason Akira Somma. Kylian’s Anonymus deals with the two worlds within us: the world we show and the world we hide. If we make our inner world public, the ‘secret’ will ultimately change and become public: a performance. Our secrets needs to remain locked inside us, but sometimes we can make a window and look at them.

A new building, a new story. The talented young dancers of Crosstown Den Haag will be your guides, led by Yada van der Hoek and take you on this exciting journey of discovery.

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. Tangent refers to the point, or rather the situation in which someone suddenly changes course. This is visualised by a curve that touches a straight diagonal and then turns off in another direction.

Amos Ben-Tal and Kenzo Kusuda examine this process more closely in their choreography. They compare it to waking up together; waking up from a world that is exclusive and personal, unknown to the other, they sound out the space around them, they meet and their two worlds merge for a moment

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. Energy that reveals what was hidden, that loosens what seemed to be stuck; energy that gives new life to that which we had lost or had forgotten. Kusuda’s movement language refers again to the concept of an invisible force. Kenzo Kusuda, seen as the poet of Dutch modern dance writes in beautiful, enigmatic images and brings other, equally beautiful and enigmatic images on stage. In his universe, one can wander in a forest of astonishment.

Click here to watch the webclip of Honey Crypto on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyaia_5lNT0

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.

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.

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. Moved by natural phenomena and memories, he created a solo with each dancer; together, these will be presented in one full-length program.

Flora
Together with the Senegalese dancer Alioune Diagne, Kenzo dives into a cherished childhood memory in Flora. A memory of the unconditional love he received as a child from his dog ‘Flora’. It was only later that he understood that Flora also means flower. There are no words or actions for him that can describe the magic and astonishment of the significance of flowers in this world. Alioune takes you into a fragrant world full of vitality and joy, as a tribute to unconditional love.

Lucifer
The Latin word ‘Lucifer’ means bearer of light. It’s the name of the Fallen Angel, but also of the morning star that lights the earth at daybreak. Like man, a flame also consumes oxygen as nourishment for life energy. Together with Indian dancer Revanta Sarabhai, Kenzo opened a dialogue with fire. It dances and moves, it brings light to darkness and literally sheds light on others and yourself. However, it also shows how far removed we are from each other. Was that Lucifer’s diabolical intent? Or does light reveal the world’s beauty?

Nebula
Kenzo was astonished and overwhelmed when the Bolivian dancer Carmen Collazos Moyano began to sing a Japanese folksong for him. His thoughts went back to his homeland, and the origin of our existence. Astronomists say that we originate from the cosmos, finding our beginnings in the stars after the Supernova explosion, as children of weightless stardust (Nebula) before a star is born and after it dies. Sometimes the things that weigh the most are no longer there.

Dew
For the Chinese dancer Nannan Liu, Kenzo created a solo inspired by a very small, recurring natural phenomena, dew. The drops of moisture that collect on the leaves at the moment of the day when the first sunbeams chase away the night. The tension of a hanging drop just before it falls into oblivion. A drop that falls in silence, that falls on the surface of a lake and disperses in a perfect circle. With one little drop the world swings and streams as if making love.

PAY WHAT YOU WANT at October 13
Would you like to decide for yourself what to pay for a performance? This coming season the hype from the United States arrives in Korzo. Once or twice a month Korzo takes up the challenge and leaves the ticket price up to the audience. With this, Korzo opens its door even wider and challenges the public to try out performances, discover artists, and be the first to experience something new. You decide after the performance how much it was worth to you. This way, you always pay an honest price. Talk about hospitality! Reserve your tickets by phone, 070-3637540 of by e-mail info@korzo.nl.

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. Moved by natural phenomena and memories, he created a solo with each dancer; together, these will be presented in one full-length program.

Flora
Together with the Senegalese dancer Alioune Diagne, Kenzo dives into a cherished childhood memory in Flora. A memory of the unconditional love he received as a child from his dog ‘Flora’. It was only later that he understood that Flora also means flower. There are no words or actions for him that can describe the magic and astonishment of the significance of flowers in this world. Alioune takes you into a fragrant world full of vitality and joy, as a tribute to unconditional love.

Lucifer
The Latin word ‘Lucifer’ means bearer of light. It’s the name of the Fallen Angel, but also of the morning star that lights the earth at daybreak. Like man, a flame also consumes oxygen as nourishment for life energy. Together with Indian dancer Revanta Sarabhai, Kenzo opened a dialogue with fire. It dances and moves, it brings light to darkness and literally sheds light on others and yourself. However, it also shows how far removed we are from each other. Was that Lucifer’s diabolical intent? Or does light reveal the world’s beauty?

Nebula
Kenzo was astonished and overwhelmed when the Bolivian dancer Carmen Collazos Moyano began to sing a Japanese folksong for him. His thoughts went back to his homeland, and the origin of our existence. Astronomists say that we originate from the cosmos, finding our beginnings in the stars after the Supernova explosion, as children of weightless stardust (Nebula) before a star is born and after it dies. Sometimes the things that weigh the most are no longer there.

Dew
For the Chinese dancer Nannan Liu, Kenzo created a solo inspired by a very small, recurring natural phenomena, dew. The drops of moisture that collect on the leaves at the moment of the day when the first sunbeams chase away the night. The tension of a hanging drop just before it falls into oblivion. A drop that falls in silence, that falls on the surface of a lake and disperses in a perfect circle. With one little drop the world swings and streams as if making love.

PAY WHAT YOU WANT at October 13
Would you like to decide for yourself what to pay for a performance? This coming season the hype from the United States arrives in Korzo. Once or twice a month Korzo takes up the challenge and leaves the ticket price up to the audience. With this, Korzo opens its door even wider and challenges the public to try out performances, discover artists, and be the first to experience something new. You decide after the performance how much it was worth to you. This way, you always pay an honest price. Talk about hospitality! Reserve your tickets by phone, 070-3637540 of by e-mail info@korzo.nl.

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. 

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. For a moment you find yourself with the dancers in a totally different world, unseen by outsiders. Discover a new perspective on the city in this amazing guided tour.

The walking tours are accompanied by the guides of the Gilde Den Haag. The guides of the Gilde enjoy sharing their knowledge of the city with everyone who is interested. For more information go to http://www.gildedenhaag.nl/

Program
Proximity Cora Bos-Kroese

Everporapture Kenzo Kusuda

That short moment of recognition Jasper van Luijk

Ellipse Revanta Sarabhai

Entresuelo
Sjoerd Vreugdenhil

The New European Ensemble and Korzo Productions present BARE. Magical music theatre full of humour, tragedy and poetry. The musicians play the leading role revealing themselves completely; their dreams and ambitions, but also their struggle to exist and thrive. The renowned Japanese choreographer Kenzo Kusuda makes it all visible, set to colourful music by the Australian composer Angus Barnacle.

The musicians deserve a place in the spotlight. Their livelihood is a fascinating subject for theatre. Making music is one of the most beautiful things there is. It allows musicians to transcend the everyday. But before they set foot on a stage they have to practice for thousands of hours. To transport listeners to other dimensions, they must perform acrobatic feats on difficult instruments, often costing as much as a house. Stage fright, competition and other dangers can turn their lives into chaos.

Their struggles but also their search for beauty are translated by Kenzo Kusuda into wonderful images and intriguing choreography. With humour and light heartedness he reveals what happens when musicians' dreams confront reality.

Kenzo Kusuda has received wide attention for his compelling choreographies and performances as a dancer. He attempts to capture mystical beauty beyond the visible. With one body on a nearly empty stage he is able to transcend the here and now.

The Australian composer Angus Barnacle has won praise for his sensitive and poetic music. His work has been performed by Gelders Orkest, Asko|Schönberg and at the festival November Music.

Korzo and Nederlands Dans Theater celebrate the coming of spring with the yearly dance festival Voorjaarsontwaken. Korzo’s doors will be flung wide for surprising choreographic talent from home and abroad. Remarkable and brand-new performances are combined to a varied evening of dance where everyone can discover their own favourite talent.

This year, Japanese choreographer Kenzo Kusuda creates the solo Braille for Indian dancer Indu Panday and young talent from the Hague Rutkay Özpinar has been invited to create a new duet. Furthermore you can see BOKKO by Karel van Laere & Vanja Rukavina and Exceptions occur by Tom Weinberger & Milena TwiehausThe evening is complemented with pieces by Menghan Lou and Alexander Anderson from the latest edition of Switch, the annual benefit program staged and performed by dancers from NDT.

The program is different each day. Check the daily progam here.

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