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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On tour this season:

For years Stephen Shropshire has made furor internationally with his athletic and expressive dance language, along with his critical view of contemporary society. For We Are Nowhere Else But Here he 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.

Monki’s debut performance colors outside the lines of the conventional circus genre and is not very suitable for children. In just an hour, he manages to conjure up a uniquely personal universe in which he combines double pole acrobatics with spoken word, live music, video and a touch of madness. Monki is a character all on his own. He shares funny, sometimes moving moments of his frustrations and fears about the way in which we live together. Not Somewhere Else is an intimate and raw solo that offer a look in Monki’s chaotic and intriguing world. Clear your schedule and Get Close To this Talent!

Howl is a talk show, a dance performance, and a concert in one. Amos Ben-Tal, choreographer of the collective OFFprojects, and pop-poet Spinvis met each other during the 2015 Oerol Festival. A spontaneous combination of an interview and a dance performance emerged. This original confluence marked the starting point for Howl. A preview of the work was awarded the Dioraphte Prize during the Nederlandse Dansdagen for the performance with the greatest international potential. Now CaDance opens with the premiere of this multidisciplinary gem. Howl is a lively theatre event revealing the versatility of our identity with interviews, special guests, and lots of movement, music, and poetry.

Dunja Jocic, for years an eye-catching performer with Club Guy & Roni, surprises as a choreographer with startlingly original dance projects and films. Terra Incognita is a physical and interdisciplinary duet, based on the short story of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov. Friends who have escaped to the tropical hell of Badonia try to reach the unknown land of Gurano Hills. The mission, however, proves fatal. Hallucinations blend with the harsh surroundings and the quest pushes the travelers to their limits. Illness and death are just around the corner and friendships burst apart. This visual performance is complemented with the short film Bird by Jocic, in which a young boy is confronted with death for the first time in his life.

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.

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.

They are miraculous creatures, Duda Paiva’s puppets. They have funny heads, wings, and tails, but also arms and legs… are they animals or people? Are they nice or are they really mean? After the success of De Grieken, Duda Paiva Company presents a new youth performance full of funny and scary creatures from Greek mythology. Fortunately Narcissus has the monsters under control. He shows what they can all do: head rolls, dance, sing, and even fly. But monsters don’t like to do tricks. They start a revolt and suddenly the question arises: who is really the beast? One thing is certain: what you see is not what you get. Things change very quickly in this slapstick performance.

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. Music caresses space like a whisper, while the dance cuts through space like the wind.

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 Aprés-Danse where the audience can enjoy drinks and converse with dancers and choreographers. At the 19th edition of DansClick, Korzo presents the talented choreographer Ryan Djojokarso, and the winner or winners of the BNG Dance Prize 2017, which will be presented this fall.

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.

BNG Bank Dance Prize 2017
The second part of the evening will be devoted to the winner (or winners) of the BNG Dance Prize 2017. The BNG Cultuurfonds has been dedicated for years to the financial support and increasing visibility of young talented artists. The BNG Dance Prize was established in 2014 by the BNG Cultuurfonds in partnership with Korzo to offer talented choreographers the chance to tour with their own work in the Netherlands. An independent jury will select the winner or winners in the fall of 2017, which will then be introduced to the Dutch public.

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.

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