Ryan Djojokarso

After graduating from Codarts/Rotterdam Dance Academy, Ryan Djojokarso (1983) was in demand as a dancer and worked with different choreographers including Itzik Galili, Liat Waysbort, Erik Kaiel, Keren Levi, Ugo Dehaes, Itamar Serussi and Tabea Martin. Since 2012, he developed himself as a choreographer, largely in collaboration with theatre director Bram Jansen. Ryan always works with a theme that ties together a series of productions.

In 2013 he made the duet Balts, the first in a series about a young, unmarried couple, for Korzo’s talent development program Voorjaarsontwaken. Balts was awarded a Critics Prize in Hannover, a prize for best dancer (Mayke van Kruchten) at CICC in Copenhagen, and the first Berner Tanzpreise. The series then continued with Nomophobia (CaDance 2015), On Hold (Voorjaarsontwaken 2016) and FINAL (Conny Janssen Danst, 2016).

In 2014 Ryan started working on several productions together with Bram, in which the duo wonders how sport and play are related to dance. This resulted in the productions Tanz ist auch sport (DOX), SPEED (Crosstown/Korzo) for young audiences, and recently Jij bent ‘m! (CaDance 2017) for children. The series that Ryan and Bram are currently occupied with departs from literature. Together with DOX & fABULEUS, they made Alleen de grootste nabijheid, inspired by a novel by Goethe from 1809. This performance was selected for the Dutch Dance Festival 2016. For CaDance 2017, they made Giovanni’s Room, an intense love story based on James Baldwin’s novel (1956) of the same name.

Ryan was nominated in 2017 for the Prijs Nederlands Dansdagen Jong Publiek, he was also awarded the BNG Bank Dansprijs for promising choreographers together with Astrid Boons and Sabine Molenaar. At the end of 2017, it was announced that Ryan would be awarded a subsidy in the New Makers program of the Fonds Podiumkunsten. This will enable him to develop as a choreographer in the coming two years in collaboration with Korzo, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and the Zuiderstrandtheater.   

“De Donder’ is very elegant, with endless arms and elastic shoulders. Together they beautifully portray the ecstasy and tragedy of a relationship doomed to failure.”

A surprising Sunday package deal for die hard CaDance fans: with dance, food, and good conversations. We start in the afternoon with the ingenious performance installation Seconds by Amos Ben-Tal & OFFprojects. Then we attend the new performance by Sarada Sarita, an up-and-coming talent from the Dutch urban dance scene. With the style New Way Vogue, she brings her own distinct political appeal to humanity, equality, and awareness together with dance. After a delicious meal at restaurant Floc, we continue the program with Mom:Me by Ryan Djojokarso; a multidisciplinary gem about the apparently (un)breakable bond between mother and child.

Choreographer Ryan Djojokarso is fascinated by human relationships and social behavior. With a great sense of humor and a theatrical dance style, he is able to transform large social issues into playful and touching performances. In his latest production Mom:Me the bond between mother and child is central. A bond that cannot be broken in our society, but often shows cracks or is even broken. Taking the changing relationship with his own mother as an example, Ryan creates a multidisciplinary performance in which play, dance and live music go hand in hand in a large setting.

Ryan Djojokarso inspired by a James Baldwin book.

As one of the leading authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin denounced important racial and sexual misdeeds. Choreographer Ryan Djojokarso sought inspiration for his new performance in his book Giovanni’s Room (1956). The American David is about to marry Hella, but falls deeply in love with the Italian Giovanni in Paris. We follow David through the night leading up to the most horrible morning of his life, when his lover will be gone forever. A dance unfolds where soft intimacy, masculine camaraderie, sexual tension, and an all-consuming self-hatred struggle to prevail. What happens to you, when you are so afraid that you can no longer love?

'His touch could never fail to make me feel desire; yet his hot, sweet breath also made me want to vomit.' uit: Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin (1956)

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