Productions

Korzo is one of the Netherlands’ largest dance producers for young top talent. From our home base of The Hague, talented choreographers work on new performances and take these on tour through the Netherlands and abroad.

They do this usually in the form of full-length performances, but also in exciting combined programs such as DansClick. Each season in this successful formula, Korzo introduces a new generation of dance makers to the Dutch public in a refreshing way. Korzo productions are seen all over the world, from Maastricht to Groningen, and from Taiwan to Russia. Korzo sees beginning creatives take their first steps and hosts premieres of new performances by renowned artists such as Ann Van den Broek, Duda Paiva, Jiří Kylián, Joeri Dubbe, Samir Calixto and Alida Dors.

In addition to supervising choreographers, Korzo is famed for staging successful festivals and events for dance talent: CaDance Festival, India Dance Festival, Here we live and now and Voorjaarsontwaken.

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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 Cello Octet to create Summa. Pärt called the Cello Octet ‘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.

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.

‘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 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.

Korzo always invites promising companies and circus artists for Cirque Mania. For the fifth edition, Korzo has invited the young group Satchok and dramaturge and theatre maker Thomas Falk.

Satchok created an energetic and comical circus theatre performance about three people who strive after their own personal goals. They train their muscles, improve their skills, create new ideas, explore physical limits, and enjoy themselves in the process. Like in the myth of Sisyphus, this is a process that involves struggle, a lesson in making possible the impossible.

Thomas Falk is artist in residence with Korzo and this evening presents the results of his period of exploration together with the newly graduated Finnish juggler Merri Heikkilä. They made a solo about loneliness. How can there be loneliness in our world of universal connectedness?

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)

The choreographers duo Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud are currently working on the second part of their SOUL series, in which they search for the true nature of humanity. In 2017 they devoted SOUL #1 Audience to the soul of the public. That did not go unnoticed. The performance enjoyed a successful premiere and subsequent performances at the CaDance festival, where the ‘fourth wall’ – the boundary between the stage and the audience - went up in smoke.

With the new creation SOUL #2 Performers, you descend with the dance makers into the internal world of the performers. What would they be without you, the audience? Why do they do what they do? What is it like to take up challenges and push your own limits in the service of a choreographer and the arts? You will discover all this and more in this multi-disciplinary performance where you will meet with dancers of different generations, such as David Krugel (formerly of the Nederlands Dans Theater 3) and Claire Hermans (nominee for the Piket Kunstprijzen 2017).

Through Shortcuts XL, NDT and Korzo guide talented choreographers in making the transition from a smaller venue to the big stage. A step that in reality is not always self-evident. For this project successful choreographies that emerged from the cooperation between NDT and Korzo were selected. To give its young makers the opportunity to show their work on a big stage and on a larger scale. Through the project of Shortcuts XL they are being encouraged and supported both technically and artistically.

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