Rutkay Özpinar

The Turkish-Dutch Rutkay Özpinar received his training at Codarts, the Rotterdam dance academy. During his studies he performed in works by Martha Graham and Jiří Kylián. After his graduation in 2012, he started with De Dutch Junior Dance Division. Here he also created works for Solo’s @ TheSea and De Dutch Summer Dance Course 2014. He is currently active as a freelance dancer and cho-reographer. His first commission for Korzo was Here we live and now 2014 which resulted inthe duet As if you weren't.... Korzo also invited him to create a new duet for Voorjaarsontwaken 2015. For Grip, Özpinar once again worked together with Japanese dancer Marin Ino. In 2014 Rutkay was nominated for the first edition of the Piket Art Prizes in the category Dance. The prizes are intended for promising young artists under the age of thirty who have some connection with The Hague.

With the successful formula of DansClick, Korzo offers the public a great experience with the newest generation of dance makers. An evening of DansClick begins with a video portrait where the creatives introduce themselves. After the performance, the audience is invited on stage for an Aprés Dans to talk with the artists and to enjoy drinks. The 18th edition of DansClick consists of a varied triple bill, taking three brand-new talents on tour through the Netherlands, after their impressive deburs. An acquaintance with the work of Dunja Jocic, Wubkje Kuindersma and Rutkay Özpinar.

Club Guy & Roni dancer Dunja Jocic surprises with her first creation Don’t talk to me in my sleep
…brilliant performance…”  Dagblad van het Noorden ★★★★★
The dance scenes are overwhelming. Accompanied by Hugo Morales’ electronic soundscape, the oppressive atmosphere is sublimely established.  theaterkrant.nl

Wubkje Kuindersma presents her credentials with intriguing duet doubleyou.
Doubleyou is an elegant powerful men’s duet. theaterkrant.nl
A subtle mirror duet about identity and the mystery behind reality. De Volkskrant ★★★★

Rutkay Özpinar surprises as youngest dance maker in this country with the duet Grip.
"...a penetrating and moving account by a talented choreographer.” Dans Magazine.

Two souls meet, the one naïve and peaceful, the other narcissistic. Their bond becomes stronger the more they see each other and the naïve soul falls in love with the narcissist. All is well for a while, until the first obstacles appear. The distance between the two gradually increases. The naïve soul is deeply in love and cannot understand this distance, while it leaves the narcissist unmoved. The naïve soul tries to turn around the negative energy between them until he comes to a discovery: the narcissist who he is in love with, is his own personality. How could he be so blind? The soul can find no stability because he consists of two strong character traits. It must be resolved, but a narcissist can destroy a naïve soul. Will it be the naïve or the narcissist that finds the stability of the soul?

Grip is a personal story about two people who loose each other for a while. Time stands still. They keep going back to that moment of saying goodbye. Thoughts are dominated with memories, with restless dreams. What was once love, is slowly turning into an obsession.

The Turkish-Dutch Rutkay Özpinar received his training at Codarts, the Rotterdam dance academy. After his graduation in 2012, he started with De Dutch Junior Dance Division. Here he also created works for Solo’s @ The Sea and De Dutch Summer Dance Course 2014. He is currently active as a dancer at Introdans a.o. and as a choreographer with Korzo. In the Fall of 2014, Özpinar made his debut as a choreographer at Korzo in Here we live and now.

This year, the exciting location project 4x4 will be staged for the third time; again the project will show you The Hague in a totally unorthodox way. This time, the walking tour weaves through the Old Town Center, a dynamic urban district full of history, creativity, and entrepreneurship. A diverse group of choreographers and artists are invited to create performances for four special locations. Let yourself be carried away on this journey of discovery, where you experience the performers up close and get a new and challenging perspective on dance and this dazzling ever-changing part of the city.

Starting point

ICX - The Smart Citizens Institute
Stille Veerkade 19, The Hague

Program change

On Thursday, February 9th the solo of Rutkay ÖZPINAR is replaced by the solo Coordination of Shailesh Bahoran, created and danced by Zahira Suliman.

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