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:

The monumental opera Satyagraha by the world-renowned composer Philip Glass was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of peaceful resistance. The opera is not performed often, though it is seen as a key work in the composer’s output. Satyagraha is also the one opera where the influence of Indian music in Glass’ work is most clearly manifest. The composer gave permission to Korzo and Kwekers in de kunst to perform this opera in a new setting with Indian contemporary dance. Sixty choir singers specialized in classical and Indian music, opera singers, Indian dancers, contemporary dancers, and musicians bring this musical happening on tour.

Satyagraha translates as “truth force”. The opera is sung in Sanskrit, does not have a linear storyline and covers three acts. Each of the three parts represents a period of time overshadowed by war and violence. Where, in Act 1, the call to violence and its effects become tangible, Act 2 focuses on the inanity and destructive power of violence. Act 3 refers back to Act 1 and questions how the endless cycle of violence can be broken. The gods are silent. Man himself must bring to life the hope of a new beginning from his own convictions.

During this jubilee edition, Korzo and the BNG Culture Fund present the winners of the BNG Bank Dance Prize 2018. The work of Frenchman Antonin Comestaz displays a great sense of dynamics, space, energy, and musicality. Especially for DansClick, Antonin distils a favourite phrase from Surface Image - a performance he created for 19 Codarts dancers, 40 speakers, and one pianist – and uses this for a new duet. In the grim trio Essential Rights, Fernando Troya reveals a world where there’s much to be fought for. Kim-Jomi Fischer & Marta Alstadsæter field question if they create circus or dance with a soft, flowing and sculptural play with power, balance and proportion, and everything within that description that can fly and can be hung off balance. ENGEL is inspired by the poem by Toon Tellegen. The multiple-bill program will be accompanied by introductory video portraits and an Après Danse where the public can enjoy drinks and talk with choreographers and dancers. DansClick offers ‘a delicious sampler of choreographic talent’, Theaterkrant.nl.

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, anger and sensuality tangible so present in myths portraying women. To the accompaniment of a hypnotic soundscape that conjures up echoes of Wagner’s Wesendock 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.

Choreographer Ryan Djojokarso is fascinated by interpersonal relationships and social behaviour. Aided by a keen sense of humour, he translates the big topics into playful and poignant performances. In his latest production Mom:Me, he dives into the bond between mother and child. It is a bond that is seemingly unbreakable in our society, and yet is sometimes broken or badly worn. Djojokarso uses his experience with the changeable relationship with his own mother and brings together drama, dance, and live music in a monumental stage setting. Mom:Me is a multidisciplinary gem about a subject that touches every one of us.

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.

Dunja Jocic is one of the most exciting new choreographers in the Netherlands. She received the Prize of the Nederlandse Dansdagen 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. In her latest performance The Protagonist 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 Mary Queen of Scots. In an astonishing stream of images the woman fights to protect her identity.

Ryan Djojokarso makes playful, funny, and moving performances where he mixes dance with sports and games. This time we’re playing hide and seek. With Josje who likes cars and Anton who likes to dress as Cinderella, with tough girl Kim and cry-baby Seth, and with Rick who’d rather play with Frank because he’s secretly in love with him. Hiding from the other, from the rest. Because they not only do not want to be found, they are also afraid of being laughed at and being bullied. Wie niet weg is, is gezien is about wanting to be accepted. Even if you’re not cool like the others or have different feelings. Because don’t we all hide behind something? A dancing fairy-tale about being different and that it’s ok to be yourself.

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. For Little Great People, he created three duets, inspired by his fascination for the oppositions and contradictions in human nature. Each duet is devoted to a particular area of contradiction. Together they form a multiplicity of contradictions in which the spectator may recognize him or herself and through the stories of others can identify through the body of the dancer.

'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.

In Vestige, Astrid Boons creates an environment in which the body is emptied of its humanness. What is left is but a trace of its being. The body is searching in its own traces, it is trying to grasp what it was and what it is becoming; it is longing to find its humanness.

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