Alida Dors

In the last ten years, Alida Dors has made the transition from a hip-hop dancer to a choreographer developing new styles of movement. Her work is committed and always staring from the hip-hop idiom. From childhood she was active in various dance crews and she developed into a much-sought dancer. She performed with several big stars as Eternal, P. Diddy, Usher, Arnhemsgewijs, Ruth Jacott, and Gordon and she appeared in several music videos and theatre en dance performances. Dors was noticed by her own style and got a multiannual international scholarship offered by the Van Den Ende Foundation. In 2009 she researched for two years in the MC production house. She is artistic director of Solid Ground Movement and regularly works with other choreographers, such as André Gingras, Krisztina de Châtel and Erik Kaiel. In 2012 she made the successful work Living Apart and Together at Korzo, which was immediately selected for the Blind Date and can be seen in February 2013. In October 2012 Dors won the Prize of the Dutch Dance Festival which she will make a new piece that will premiere in October 2013 during the Dutch Dance Days in Maastricht.

Alida Dors is seen as the Netherlands’ most innovative hip-hop choreographer. She danced with supporting acts for P.Diddy and Usher, and has been furthering her career for years as a distinctly original creative. With her pulsating dance language, she has broken the limits of hip-hop. In Built for It, seven dancers play with stigmas and push the limits between conforming and standing out. Is it possible to break out from a net of prejudices? Word artist and rapper Typhoon made the spoken texts and gives a personal voice to the personal search for autonomy.

Alida Dors is one of the most interesting hip-hop choreographers in the Dutch dance scene. She strips hip-hop of its bravura and homes in on the abstract in this powerful dance form. In Oogst, she enters into an exciting dialogue with Aukan traditional dance from Surinam and live music by contemporary composer Diego Soifer. A tree nourishes itself with the soil of the past and its fruits bear the future, season upon season, year after year. Four dancers move from one configuration to the next. In search for the essence of the individual, only rhythmically pulsating movements remain. By letting go of bravura, the dancers dig deeper and deeper in search of their true identity.

Mirror, mirror on the wall… the queen has been the fairest one for years. But Snow White grows up and soon she is the fairest one of all. However hard the queen tries, Snow White gets all the attention. While the princess grows into a rebellious adolescent, the queen feels time ticking away. In her desperation she devises a terrible plan. But Snow White wouldn’t be Snow White if she couldn’t escape her mother and find herself in a group of 7 b-boy dwarfs. Dance theatre group Aya dusts off this fairy tale and makes Snow White into a dazzling show where, drama, singing, hip-hop, breakdance, and modern dance come together.    

Alida Dors succeeds in bridging the gap to the audience and between dance idioms. At the same time, she keeps on searching for the unknown. Last year, she won the Maastricht Dutch Dance Festival Award, and now the Dutch Dance Festival is presenting the premiere of the final part of the triptych Coffee and Cigarettes. In it, she investigates the everyday life of our times: boredom, social pressure, the urge for adventure and the desire to escape commitments. In Dors’ headstrong hiphop language, three women expose the complexity of the woman in the year 2013. Accompanied by a cellist, they put up explosive resistance and reflect with caution.

I tear through the countryside, because nothing can stop me. I am the devil’s own. Leading the battle and I will make bread. There’s nothing I will not do. Unfamiliar and hostile? I own you. Ever heard of the Murderer’s Bay? Yeah, that’s me: the Tasmanian Devil.

In a spectacular hip-hop- dance show, Solid Ground broaches a devilishly current subject. The Netherlands is in the middle of an economic crisis. The consequences and aftereffects are keenly felt by younger generations. In a series of three productions, Solid Ground works on the subject ‘V.O.C.’: Victory Over Crisis! This abbreviation contains the energy, militancy, and hope necessary to create at a time when there is much destruction. In a mixture of break dance, popping, locking, and modern dance we see the obstacles and the victories, the crisis and the hope, the idealism, and power of The Tasmanian Devil.

The wonderful series De Kunst van het Luisteren (The Art of Listening) is back. Pianist Geoffrey Douglas Madge takes the listening audience on a journey of discovery past well-known masterworks. Beethoven and break dance, Bruckner arranged for piano duet by Mahler, Schubert’s ‘Winterreise unlimited’: as in the first edition, De Kunst van het Luisteren is about hearing, seeing, and feeling. This time choreographers Samir Calixto and Alida Dors are invited to embrace the music.Let yourself be surprised in the continuum from music to dance to thought!

Program 29 September: Contrast
This afternoon features the piano trios of Beethoven and Mendelssohn. The much talked about break dance group Solid Ground, led by choreographer Alida Dors, use their own idiom to enhance the experience.

workshop 13.00 – 15.00    € 10,-
concert 16.00 – 17.30        € 16,- 
workshop & concert          € 23,-

Buy a passe-partout for 3 concerts and 3 workshops for only € 60,-.

Urban dance is here to stay! Urban dance, the collective term for dance styles such as break dance, hip-hop, popping, and locking has increasingly found itself a place in theatres. Original choreographers develop dance styles with roots in urban dance while also freely using aspects of modern dance. CaDance found it high time to present a state of the art of this relatively new development and invited three movement poets to make a short piece for Urban Stories.

Cagdas Gulum achieved fame with his appearance in So You Think You Can Dance where he gained attention with his ingenious fusion of modern dance and hip-hop. Alida Dors, winner of the Nederlands Dansdagen Prize, with her raw though restrained dance style, gives an entirely new interpretation of hip-hop. Former B-boy Lloyd Marengo creates a theatrical form for such styles as popping, robotics, and animation without shying away from emotions. Urban Stories shows three artistic statements that display the versatility of urban dance.

The wonderful series De Kunst van het Luisteren (The Art of Listening) is back. Pianist Geoffrey Douglas Madge takes the listening audience on a journey of discovery past well-known masterworks. Beethoven and break dance, Bruckner arranged for piano duet by Mahler, Schubert’s ‘Winterreise unlimited’: as in the first edition, De Kunst van het Luisteren is about hearing, seeing, and feeling. This time choreographers Samir Calixto and Alida Dors are invited to embrace the music.Let yourself be surprised in the continuum from music to dance to thought!

Program 29 September: Contrast
This first afternoon features the piano trios of Beethoven and Mendelssohn. The much talked about break dance group Solid Ground, led by choreographer Alida Dors, use their own idiom to enhance the experience.

workshop 13.00 – 15.00    € 10,-
concert 16.00 – 17.30        € 16,- 
workshop & concert          € 23,-

workshop for advanced amateur dancers and (semi)professionals
In this workshop Alida Dors shares with the participants her method of working, which she also used in the process of creating Living apart Together, the performance that is a part of the Holland Dance Festival 2012 program. The origin of the style is Hiphop, a young style  that still explores it’s possibilities. An open mind and curiosity are indispensable in this workshop as is your own style.

Alida Dors
In the last ten years, Alida Dors has made the transition from a hip-hop dancer to a choreographer developing new styles of movement. Alida Dors worked with a number of different dance crews from an early age. She has grown into a much sought-after dancer and has performed with various big stars such as Eternal, P. Diddy, and Usher. Her work displays social commitment and always proceeds from the hip-hop idiom. She collaborates regularly with other choreographers such as André Gingras, Krisztina de Châtel and Erik Kaiel. In addition she is also an instructor at the Amsterdam Theatre School where she gives dance fusion, and is the artistic director of the hip-hop movement Solid Ground Movement.

New Talents
Holland Dance Festival presents big names from the international dance world. But there is also a wealth of choreographic talent in the Netherlands. Leo Spreksel, artistic director of the Korzo theatre, has invited three of today’s talented choreographers to make a new work especially for the festival. They are inspired by urban dance, classical Indian dance and modern Western dance, respectively. New Talents presents an exciting spectrum of choreographic visions.

Living apart and together
Over the past ten years, the passionate and inquisitive Alida Dors has developed from a hiphop dancer into a choreographer who creates new styles of movement. Following her group work Part of the Deal, she is now continuing her investigation into the identity and innovation of urban dance. How can you survive in a continually changing environment? What if we could see ourselves from a new perspective for once?

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.

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