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:

Dunja Jocic is one of the most exciting new choreographers in the Netherlands. She received the Prize of the Dutch Dance Festival in 2018. From an equally original as uncompromising view of dance, she creates hallucinatory, cinematic performances with an electrically charged and capriciously virtuoso dance language. For The Protagonist she works together with the renowned Dutch composer Harry de Wit and the young pop art writer Barbi Marković. We follow a narcissistic young woman who is a computer-addict. She becomes increasingly entangled in the digital world and finds it more and more difficult to maintain herself. In an attempt to get control over her life, she rigorously decides to go offline. Her escape into the analogue world sets off a stream of surreal daydreams, where the present merges with the past in the person of the mythic, violent, and tragic  QueenMary of England a.k.a. Bloody Mary. In an astonishing stream of images the woman fights to protect her identity.

The Brazilian choreographer Samir Calixto has made quite an impression in recent years with his resolute cross between pure musicality and intense physicality. He digs deeply into the subject matter of his performances until they achieve a timeless quality. W is the second part of a two-part project for which Calixto found inspiration in Nietzsche’s philosophy. After the introverted and lyrical M, danced by men, W shows five impressive female dancers who make the power, fury and sensuality tangible so present in myths portraying women. To the accompaniment of a soundscape that conjures up echoes of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Tristan und Isolde, they portray our obsessive search for truth. They peel off many layers until only their vulnerability and barbarity can be seen.

Pokorný’s performances are characterized by their creativity and virtuoso movement language. But it all begins with his tangible personal experiences, the psychological state of man and structures that form society. It is his way to speak of great ideas and ideals through dance – ideas that only exist when they have significance in someone’s personal life. The Little Great People is Pokorny’s first full-evening production for which he created three duets inspired by his fascination for the oppositions and contradictions in human nature and its existence. Each duet is devoted to one particular area of contradiction. Together they form a diverse world of contradictions in which the spectator may recognize him or herself, find glimpses of their own story or identify themselves with stories of others through the body of the dancer.

Sunú means naked in Papiamentu. Naked, without fur or other physical protection of the skin, denuded, pure and unadulterated. Free! We come naked to this earth, but as humans, are forced to protect ourselves against outside influences. Who are you under those protective layers? Sunú is about removing the restrictive layers that keep you from being yourself. Back to the essence, pure, unadulterated, and free.

Junadry Leocaria has a remarkable presence because of her expressive and powerful movement language. She has been active as a professional in the dance and theatre scene since 2004, performing with groups such as ISH Dance Collective and Don’t Hit Mama. In addition she is specialized in Waacking; she developed this dance style with the dance crew Femme Lethal. She established Femme Lethal together with six other female dancers from the urban dance scene in 2009. This female dance group combines elements of Vogueing and Waacking with other dance styles. In recent years Junadry also works as a choreographer, coach and instructor. In her own choreographies she looks for ways to bring the variety of dance styles together organically while exploring such themes as personal struggle, self-acceptance, and the capacity for self-fulfillment. She created the solo Ta(m)bú in May of 2018 for Korzo’s Voorjaarsontwaken as an exploration of the secret cultural history of Curaçao. It is an homage to her ancestors and the beauty of her cultural heritage

'The heart ‘is’ sovereign, the spirit ‘should be’. Take people the way they ‘are’, not as they ‘should be’. - Franz Schubert

Schubert devoted his life unconditionally to music, but he did so at a great cost. Not only did he live in serious poverty, his desire for a ‘normal’ life went unfulfilled. Is a life dedicated to art a life lived fully or does art make a fulfilled life impossible? ‘Cellist Joachim Eijlander and dancer/choreographer Rutkay Özpinar surprised the public at the 2017 Festival Classique with the beautiful duo performance Sequenza. With the supervision of Leo Spreksel, Korzo’s artistic director, it became a performance in which the music was made to dance and the dance made music. A sequel was inevitable. For The Unfamiliar, the duo pairs up with pianist Anastasia Safonova and dancer Clara Cafiero.

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.

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