A SUCCESFUL 2014
Korzo is doing well, having a very successful year in 2014. Korzo welcomed 69.943 visitors, an increase which began after the success of 2013 which attendance grown to 64,374. Choreographers won important prizes; Samir Calixto was awarded the BNG Bank Dance Prize and Joeri Dubbe won the Scapino Production Prize. Korzo heightened its profile with special projects such as the Kylián Festival, the India Dance Festival, a Korean edition of Voorjaarsontwaken, Crosstown and music projects such as Calliope Week and Dag in de Branding. This diversity of projects translated into a diversity of audience types finding their way to Korzo. New projects formed an opportunity to present new creatives and to reach new audiences with their work. And finally, Korzo celebrated its 30th anniversary under the motto ‘Proud to be 30’.
This success comes together with Korzo’s growing visibility and its involvement in, and attention for investing in young talent. Korzo’s top talents are followed closely by journalists, financiers, programmers, and the public. Korzo has become a meeting place for performing arts professionals as well as amateurs and the general audience.
There are also concerns, in spite of the success. The consequences of spending cut backs are still being felt, around us, but also with our organisation. Many colleague institutions are faltering, or have already fallen; in the sector generally the workload is taking its toll. As for others, the funding for Korzo’s projects remains uncertain and the way of funding per project has its impact on Korzo as an organization. 2014 was the year of finding a balance between great ambitions and limited means and possibilities.
KORZO’S ROLE: LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, INTERNATIONALLY
Though it is perhaps not generally known, in addition to its active role in The Hague and the Netherlands, Korzo spreads out its activities over the whole world, engaging in partnerships and exchanges and presenting performances in India, Japan, Russia, Chilli, Brazil, Poland, Senegal, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Taiwan, Lithuania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, and Spain. With the disciplines of dance and music, Korzo operates a wide-ranging international network. And artists and producers from all over the globe come to Korzo to scout talent, develop partnerships and to present work.
At the same time, Korzo invests as a cultural house in its immediate surroundings. Korzo feels a responsibility to instil the importance of art upon the young. For this reason, Korzo invests in long-term relationships with schools, such as with the project ‘The Art Institution as Classroom’, a partnership with the Johann de Wit Scholengroep. With Crosstown, Korzo offers the youth of The Hague from the age of 14 the opportunity to discover and develop their creative ambitions in dance under professional supervision through lessons and creating performances. Korzo also aims to offer the public educational possibilities in the form of fringe programming. Korzo stages many workshops and talks before and after performances to give audiences a context. One of the most successful formulas has been the Monday Movement Class, where the public can get acquainted with creatives’ work in an open class.
The full year report (in Dutch) can be downloaden here