Fernando Hernando Magadan

Fernando Hernando Magadan is a Spanish dancer and choreographer who originally trained as a professional gymnast becoming a National Champion. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Dance in Madrid and the London Studio Centre before enrolling at the Central School of Ballet in London.

After dancing for one year in Santamaria Compañia de Danza, he joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in 2001. Fernando was invited to join NDT l in 2004, where he danced until 2011. As a choreographer, Fernando has created several works, including pieces for NDT 1 and 2, the Curve Foundation Dance Company (Scotland), Luna Negra Dance Theater (Chicago), Cross Connection Ballet Company (Copenhagen), Ballet Mainz (Germany), Donlon Dance Company (Saarbrücken), Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Ballet BC (Vancouver), and Korzo productions (The Hague). He choreographed Nierka, a multidisciplinary show by visual designer Tupac Martir, which premiered in London in 2012.

Between August 2014 and December 2016, he turned back as a dancer with NDT 1. At the moment, Fernando is working as a rehearsal director for NDT 2 and is focusing on his work as a freelance choreographer.

Too Wonderful – Amos Ben-Tal/OFFprojects with ICKamsterdam
Aimless – Dimo Milev
paper cuts in an empty bag – Peter Chu
Bending the Walls – Fernando Hernando Magadan

After the success of its first edition, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Korzo return with Shortcuts XL this season: a program in which young makers get the opportunity to show their work on a big stage. Successful choreographers are being encouraged and supported both technically and artistically in this collaboration between NDT and Korzo. The result is a full-length performance, filled with talent.

Choreographer and musician Amos Ben-Tal (Israel) presents his short and energetic creation Too Wonderful (2016). The work combines electronic music, abstract poetry and the precise and surprising movement language which is the signature of his collective OFFprojects. Especially for Shortcuts XL, Ben-Tal will enlarge the cast with dancers of ICKamsterdam.

Also, you will see the organic and intimate duet Aimless (2013) by choreographer Dimo Milev (Bulgaria): “Aimless recreates those moments when it doesn’t matter where you go to, but rather who you go with…” For this piece, Milev won the International Competition for Choreography Burgos and New York in 2013.

In paper cuts in an empty bag, Peter Chu (United States) plays with our curiosity. Bodies groove through fragmented paper sounds, representing the responsibilities we carry during divided times, in his creation. A piece that reminds us to connect with one another during times where our frame of reference and point of view begin to change.

Finally, Fernando Hernando Magadan (Spanje) presents a fragment from Bending the Walls (2018), a piece about the human desire for happiness. Magadan is inspired by the incredible courage and resilience that people show under extreme pressure. Therewith, 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.

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.

With DansClick’s successful formula, Korzo offers the public a great experience with the latest generation of dance makers. A DansClick evening begins with a video portrait in which the creatives introduce themselves. After the performance, the audience is invited to an Aprés Dans on stage to enjoy drinks and chat with the artists. It’s a unique chance to discover and meet the latest generation of choreographers. During the 17th edition of DansClick, Korzo producties presents two choreographers who together reflect the exciting diversity of Dutch dance: hip-hop miracle Shailesh Bahoran and NDT talent Fernando Hernando Magadan.

Urban dancer Shailesh Bahoran presents a challenging mixture of hiphop, popping, and breakdance, also taking inspiration from Indian dance. In Lalla Rookh he brings a poignant tale from Hindustani history to life. With the tragi-comical duet (d)elusive minds, NDT dancer Fernando Hernando Magadan presents his credentials as a choreographer to the Dutch public. The performance, set to music by Schubert, is based on the true story of a patient with Capgras syndrome, a mental illness whereby a person is convinced that they have been replaced by an identical imposter.

The buzz that The Hague is dancing is not new. Throughout the year, The Hague is a breeding ground for fresh dance talent, the melting pot for local and international dance professionals, and the place to be for important premières. With the dance event Here we live and now, Korzo and Nederlands Dans Theater celebrate the wealth of choreographic talent in this city.

For the 2014 edition, Wubkje Kuindersma, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Antonin Comestaz, and Rutkay Özpinar have been invited to make a short piece and present it as part of a full-length program.

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