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:

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, 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.

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.

The city of The Hague forms the attractive setting for the location project 4x4, that has grown into a valued tradition with CaDance. This time four young artists have settled down in the Archipelbuurt where The Hague’s greatest storyteller, Louis Couperus, found his inspiration. The stately neighbourhood, built in the 19th century, stands in strong contrast to these choreographers, firmly rooted in today’s society and deeply invested in diverse dance styles: modern, urban, and Indian dance. They bring their own personal stories in short choreographies to monumental buildings and hip hotspots. You’re almost close enough to touch the dancers in these attractive miniatures that offer a new perspective on The Hague and on the dance.

After Antonin Rioche discovered Bonnie Bassler’s TED Talk about ‘90% bacteria, 10% human’, he grew interested in bacterial behaviour. Bacteria behave socially, just like we do. We are all made up of bacteria. And some bacteria are able to produce light when becoming aware of each other. He wanted to create a piece dealing with human behavioural bioluminescence (the production and emission of light by a living organism). He got his inspiration for The Others from bacteria, from something quite scientific, but mostly from his relationship with other people. He often notices that he feels comfortable talking to someone one-to-one; but when a third is involved, the conversation is a conversation; and that, in a group of four people, he feels belittled. The more people join the conversation, the more he feels like he’s disappearing. As though he couldn’t live with others anymore.

“My fierce and fearful relationship with other people. The beauty of the community. The beauty of not feeling lonely because we are not.”

Light and sound are crucial catalysts for Antonin’s work. Lighting is used to gradually reveal the dancers and their faces, perpetually playing with shadows and silhouettes before exposing the dancers in full light. The soundscape is essentially a mixture of recorded and live compositions that were all developed by the team for this piece. The original song and text were written within the creation period. During live performances, Niels uses a specifically-designed set-up of microphones to not only amplify the sounds that the performers are creating on stage but also to trigger other sounds in relation to their movement. For each performance, sound and movement are intertwined in a thoroughly unique way.

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. 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  QueenMary of England a.k.a. Bloody Mary. In an astonishing stream of images the woman fights to protect her identity.

Choreographic talent Astrid Boons danced with Dansgroep Amsterdam, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, and GoteborgsOperans Danskompani before striking out on her own as a choreographer. She made an overwhelming impression with the equally intense as intriguing duets Rhizoma and Vestige; she now presents her first full-length production. In the poetic Fields, the dancers merge with their surroundings. Bodies, space, and time seem to become transparent and break through each other’s boundaries. In this sensual performance, the dancers lose themselves and seem to exist as matter in dialogue with other elements. In an interplay of dance, music, and light, Fields creates images that stimulate the senses and evoke associations that disappear upon examination.

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.

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