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.”