Dance city The Hague is bursting with choreography talent and Here we live and now is the moment to meet them. Every year, Korzo and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) invite three creative makers to create a short performance from complete freedom. This year they are: Dalton Jansen, Alesya Dobysh and Justin de Jager. Together, their pieces form a varied evening of dance.
Alesya Dobysh (Kostroma, 1989) is a Netherlands based professional dancer, choreographer and curator. She mastered House Dance, UK Jazz Fusion and other urban related techniques, studied fundamentals of contemporary dance, actively participated in the “dance battle” scene and took main prizes of international dance festivals such as Juste Debout (France) and Summer Dance Forever (The Netherlands).
After moving to The Netherlands in 2017 Alesya continued developing her movement research by deconstructing footwork oriented techniques and her «urban» dance background into an abstract language, with which she expanded her practice into the theatre and performance art. Her interest in choreography brought her into creation of the first solo work “Stop Making Sense” (2020), after which she received support for further development by “Corpo Maquina Society” with artistic direction by Guilherme Miotto, and with which she took main prizes of the international festival SzoloDuo (Köln 2021, Budapest 2022).
"Where life is, there is action, where the action is, there is movement,
and where movement is, there is tempo, and where there is tempo, there is rhythm."
Tapping, spinning, jumping, bouncing, and falling, three dancers move through the vastness of space in an attempt to find unison.
Guided by the pulsating rhythm and intricate footwork, Alesya's choreography captures the inherent physicality of the human body: the sense of both lightness and heaviness, weightlessness and gravity. She explores the interplay between spontaneity, discipline, freedom and limitation. The transformation from order to chaos unfolds as the dancers transition from strict choreography to a playful and challenging exploration of forms and ideas.
The piece is an investigation of the boundaries of individual selves and a collective effort to find each other in relief.
Feel like moving yourself? On December 18th & 19th HWLAN-maker Alesya Dobysh will give a masterclass in Amsterdam that gives you tools for deconstructing footwork elements into abstract movement language that you can use in your personal artistic practice. The masterclass can be booked through the link below for a single class credit. Do you have questions about the masterclass? Then email to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dalton Jansen (Rotterdam, 1993) is a multidisciplinary dance choreographer who creates profound performances. His work addresses personal issues and sheds special light on the complexity of human relationships. After completing the Urban Contemporary (JMD) course at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, he created several dance performances under the name Dalton Jansen Choreography.
Dalton's work is a combination of multiple disciplines; such as spoken word, hip hop, contemporary and break dance. With the help of the new makers' grant from Fonds Podiumkunsten and partner organisations Conny Janssen Danst, DOX and Productiehuis TR, Dalton now has the space to research his own dance vocabulary and define his movement language.
Dalton founded his own dance company BLACK BIRDS in Rotterdam-West in 2021. He plans to set up special programmes with this company to work with new talent and to provide space for talent classes for young people who have found themselves in difficult social positions.
I Don't Know
In his upcoming research project I Don't Know, inspired by the film "Le Paradis", three talented dancers explore each other's attraction and the nuances of their relationships. Jansen's choreography exposes the fragility of human connections and relationships.
The performance highlights universal themes such as feeling alone within a group and the pressures of masculine group dynamics. With the performance, Jansen opens a space for nurturing everyone's inner femininity. He knows how to strike the balance between personal growth and social interaction like no other.
Experience the profound and penetrating world of Dalton Jansen. A master at capturing the human soul in movement.
Justin de Jager started out as a breakdancer, but his interest in other forms of movement introduced him to contemporary dance. He specialises in the concept of threading, which originated from breakdance. In threading, you create an opening by connecting several body parts and then passing through it with another body part.
Theatrically, Justin is a pioneer who is pushing the artistic boundaries of threading. In 2019, he won the audience award of Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition (RIDCC), first prize at AmsterDans in the category 'emerging dance duets' and hit the semi-finals of Hollands Got Talent. In 2020, he received the Leo Spreksel Award.
He also worked extensively with Canadian choreographer Emma Portner, culminating in the movement film Sit Bones.
The performance Brothers is a duet by Justin de Jager and Sem Deliveyne. This play focuses on the theme of 'brotherhood'. Inspired by their mutual friendship and experience as younger brothers of... Justin and Sem take you on a journey of support, competition, intimacy and cooperation. Brothers is epitomised by the movement concept threading derived from breakdance. They clench limbs and create openings through which they pass together, literally and figuratively.