‘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.

The iconic music of Arvo Pärt is a source of inspiration for many people because of its timeless and almost ethereal quality. The purity and freedom of his music touches on the longing for consolation and tranquility in times of confusion and unrest. The tranquility and silence in Pärt’s work are just as important as the musical notes. It is this ‘music of silence’ that brought together choreographer Samir Calixto and the Amsterdam Cello8ctet to create Summa. Pärt called the Cello8ctet ‘ein Goldstück’ and wrote compositions specially for them that now form the basis for Summa. With great concentration, eight ‘cellists and two dancers present a synthesis of the music and knowledge that is locked inside our bodies: a ‘summa’ of our human complexity.

SIMEON brings together compositions by Simeon ten Holt and contemporary Indian dance with surprising results. Choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman works together with the Matangi Quartet from The Hague and created a diptych based on the famous works Canto Ostinato and Lemniscaat. Kalpana was deeply moved by the passion and sense of perseverance that permeates Ten Holt’s music. In 2014, she created the hit performance Kandam Ostinato at Korzo. In 2017, the musicians and dancers created a new perspective on Simeon ten Holt’s work with, as a subject, the collective versus the individual and the pressures of everyday life.

'The longer you listen to Simeon ten Holt’s music, the more you hear. I draw this as an analogy through to daily life. The more consciously you look at your own life, the more you see, and the easier it is then to move towards change.' (Kalpana Raghuraman)

With DansClick, Korzo offers the public a wonderful introduction to the latest generation of dance makers. The multiple-bill program will be framed with introductory video portraits and an Après Danse where the audience can enjoy drinks and talk to the choreographers and dancers. The winners of the BNG Bank Dance Award present their work during the 19th edition of DansClick.

On Hold - Ryan Djojokarso
Ryan has caused surprise in previous years with a series of duets about a young, unmarried couple. On Hold is the third part of the series: a desperate, but loving attempt to get through to each other. With a physical sense of drama and a touch of humour, Ryan manages to translate familiar concerns into dance.

Rhizoma - Astrid Boons
Astrid Boons (1988) made a great impression in 2016 with the intense duet Rhizoma. Following the philosophical idea that existence can only be and only be perceived in coexistence with others (Jean-Luc Nancy), Astrid explores the impossibility of individual existence. Through glimpses of separation, incompleteness, influences and sensorial interaction, two dancers take us to a continuous flow of multiple transformations.

That’s it - Sabine Molenaar
Sabine Molenaar (1985) caused surprise in 2013 as a choreographer of the solo That’s it, which won various prizes. It was performed in Spain, Brazil, Korea, Austria, Canada, and elsewhere. Sabine roams through many layers of reality. She transforms into many seductive appearances until it becomes clear that nothing is really as it seems. Though That’s it is no longer performed, you can see this compelling solo once more in DansClick.

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.

As an up-and-coming top talent, choreographer Marina Mascarell won the prestigious BNG Bank Dance Prize in 2015 and was recently nominated by the dance scene for the Prize of the Nederlandse Dansdagen. She has a unique talent for translating her social commitment into dance in an expressive and poetic way. For Three Times Rebel, Mascarell and her dancers delved into the extensive history of women’s emancipation and was confronted with frustrating structures of exclusion, (symbolic) violence and gender inequality. Prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping are still very much a part of life in 2017. To live music by Yamila Ríos, the five dancers undermine these issues with verve.

The Dutch dance organizations Korzo and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) join forces to support up-and-coming choreographers, and offer them a suitable platform to create a new performance and bring it on tour. In 2018 the choice fell on choreographer and dancer Fernando Hernando Magadan, a mature talent of which you absolutely want to see more.

Spanish choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan has already made several pieces inside and outside the Netherlands, but it was the DansClick-tour of 2015 which introduced him to a wider audience as a choreographer. In the tragicomic duet (d)elusive minds he convincingly and with a sharp virtuosity brought together dance, text, scenography and music in a multilayered narrative. His new performance Bending the Walls is about the human desire for happiness. A longing  that is rooted deep in our dreams and desires, and which can be a necessity; a strategy to protect yourself, to survive even. Fernando is inspired by the incredible courage and resilience that people show under extreme pressure, which enables them to transcend the reality and escape into a world of imagination. In Bending in the Walls dance becomes a metaphor for the psychological, physical and emotional forces that we can address to withstand the pressures of life and continue our incessant quest for happiness.

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.

In Vestige, Astrid Boons creates an environment in which the body is emptied of its humanness. What is left is but a trace of its being. The body is searching in its own traces, it is trying to grasp what it was and what it is becoming; it is longing to find its humanness.

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