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.

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.

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