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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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.

After the overwhelming success of Carmina Burana (2018) Festival Classique once again brings a spectacular opera to the Scheveningen beach: Aida at Sea. 

Giuseppe Verdi wrote Aida in 1871 and since that time the opera has been a success worldwide. The opera takes place in the desert during a war between the two large African kingdoms of antiquity: the kingdoms of Egypt and Ethiopia. It goes without saying that the beach is the ideal location. Aida owes its popularity among other things to the spectacular Triumphal Scene, in which  Radames is welcomed as a hero after his victory over the Ethiopians. In addition to this magnificent aspect, Aida is also characterized by the intimate moments in which the personalities of the characters come to the fore  in an impressive manner. 

Especially for Aida at Sea a new version has been arranged by Marijn van Prooijen. For this purpose the length of the original opera has been reduced from three hours to 75 minutes. The story measures up to the original. Naturally the famous Triumphal Scene is not lacking.  

For this beach opera a project choir of more than 300 singers, talented dancers, wonderful soloists, Theatre Choir Dario Fo and a 12-piece orchestra join their forces. In combination with a setting on the beach during sunset, Aida at Sea will be an overwhelming and unforgettable experience.  

The ensemble De Formule is a young and adventurous piano quintet that assembles special programmes in unusual locations, with a boundless love for music and teamwork. This makes De Formule an innovative group and their concerts an experience.

The talented musicians graduated recently and are at the beginning of a promising career. They are fully engaged in developing themselves in various ways, with chamber music forming an important cornerstone. De Formule not only plays piano quintets but also other possible ensembles, such as string quartet,  piano trio, violin, alto violin and cello sonatas. This gives them an enormous repertoire and much variety during performances.

For this performance the ensemble has teamed up with the Brazilian choreographer Samir Calixto (1978). Calixto was educated in dramatic art, dance and classical music at São Paulo University and the Music Academy of São Paulo City. In 2004 he made the crossing to Europe and decided to focus definitively on his dancing career. The cooperation with the musicians of De Formule is interesting because Calixto is not only a choreographer but also a trained musician. He therefore knows like no other how to convert the music into timeless choreography and thereby build an important bridge between music and dance.

60

60 is a unique collaboration between choreographer Amos Ben-Tal, his dancer-collective OFFprojects and dance-company ICKamsterdam. Together they take the audience on a meditative journey that reflects on the social constructs and personal experience of time. Through movement, sound, light and words, Ben-Tal and the dancers skilfully deconstruct the concept of time. Sixty minutes where one shares moments of stillness, pressure, hope and desire, exploring the structure of time and its mysteries.

Amos Ben-Tal’s dance collective OFFprojects is known for its multidisciplinary performances and exceptional performing-qualities. After several successful productions in smaller venues, amongst which Howl (winner Dioraphte Dance Prize 2016), the company is now creating their first performance for the big stage in an exciting collaboration with the top dancers of ICK Amsterdam.

Since 2018 OFFprojects is artist-in-residence at ICK Amsterdam. ICK Amsterdam, under the direction of Emio Greco & Pieter C. Scholten, is a platform for contemporary dance in Amsterdam that produces international dance productions, collaborates with guest artists and initiates several research and education projects.

Conny Janssen Danst provides opportunities for young talent through DANSLOKAAL, the talent development project where young artists are invited to develop new work together with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst. For each event artistic director Conny Janssen, one of the leading choreographers in the Netherlands, selects promising choreographers with diverse backgrounds in collaboration with Dansateliers and Korzo Producties. The contributors to DANSLOKAAL 7 are choreographers Jason Mabana (Conny Janssen Danst), Rutkay Özpinar (Korzo) and Joseph Simon (Dansateliers). In DANSLOKAAL they get the opportunity to work on the development of their own signature within the professional context of the company. The result is a surprising dance evening with three new pieces, created for and with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst.

Unmistakeably personal and yet accessible to a wide audience. Dance maker Ryan Djojokarso manages to translate important social topics into playful and poignant performances with a healthy helping of humour and a down-to-earth light-heartedness. This time he takes his Surinam roots as a point of departure and the question, “faf a libi?” (how’s life?). Stories by people from Surinam who immigrated to the Netherlands at one point in their lives form the basis for the script. Their story of migration is brought to the stage through a storm of memories. From growing up in Surinam to the decision to emigrate, the trip, the arrival, the homesickness, acclimatizing, the feeling of loss… LIBI  is a multidisciplinary biography with dance and live music in a large visual stage setting about the lives of migrants in the Netherlands.

Choreographic talent Astrid Boons danced with Dansgroep Amsterdam, NDT 2, and the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani before embarking on a career as a choreographer. Two years ago, Korzo introduced this brand-new talent to the Dutch public. She overwhelmed the scene with an original, very precise and intensely felt movement language in the equally intense as intriguing duets Rhizoma and Vestige.

In Astrid’s work roles or ideas are not portrayed, the movement comes directly from the emotional and physical state of the dancer. The spectator is closely involved as a witness to the transformations the dancers go through. In the poetic and abstract 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 only to exist as matter in dialogue with other elements. In an interplay of dance, music, and light, Fields creates images that stimulate all the senses and steal away associations that slip away as soon as you grasp them.

The twenty-first edition of DansClick presents the winners of the 2019 BNG Dance Prize: Sarada Sarita and Christiaan De Donder & Sedrig Verwoert. This combination makes for a challenging playbill that not only introduces new creatives, but also an original mixture of styles. The makers introduce themselves in video portraits and afterward invite the audience to enjoy drinks and chat about the performance.

Q4: Quantified  

Sarada Sarita is the figurehead of the Dutch New Way Vogue. Q4: Quantified is much more than a showcase for the challenging dance style New Way Vogue, performed by the best dancers in this style. In this performance, Sarita gives a political dimension to the expressive, stylized, and almost spiritual combination of vogue, hair hanging, and spoken word. Through the mesmerizing voice of vocalist Guillermo Blinker (alias Otion) she calls for equality, compassion, and transcending parochialism. With near impossible arm movements, executed with great precision, and fluid flexible poses, Sarita lets her dancers break out of geometric patterns. Form and content combine perfectly in this aesthetically intriguing performance with an activist undertone.

They/Them

Watching them in their original choreography They/Them one would think that they had for years formed an inseparable duo, by the way they move together so easily and complement each other all over the stage. They are equal to each other in every way and bring out the best in each other. In They/Them, they mix movements from various styles into a black mating dance with royal allure. In this autobiographical duet about racism, toxic masculinity, and queerphobia, they explore the boundary between pain and pleasure. Their performance leaves an indelible impression – as a spectator, you can’t let them out of your sight. In February 2019, Christiaan and Sedrig received the first Leo Spreksel Award. Two creatives to watch in coming years!

The Hague, city of dance! Korzo and Nederlands Dans Theater celebrate with Here we live and now the wealth of dance talent this city possesses. Up-and-coming choreographers are invited to create a short performance. Zahira Suliman, Antonin Rioche and Wubkje Kuindersma together present their new pieces during this varied dance event. Let yourself be surprised by the artists and indulge yourself with the wealth of dance from The Hague.

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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