04.04.2023 | CODARTS DANCE COMPANY, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

DANCE FEST 2023 – 19th edition

Macedonian National Theatre

The annual touring programme Talent On The Move is a joint initiative of Holland Dance Festival and Codarts Rotterdam. The up-and-coming, passionate and versatile dance talents of Codarts – the international hotspot for contemporary dance – treat you to a selection of the best contemporary dance has to offer.

Some 30 dancers, from all parts of the world, showcase a unique programme. The show consists of solos, duets and group pieces – drawn from existing repertoire of top international choreographers and from new work by emerging choreography talents. This new work was often created especially for Codarts dancers and for this tour.

Holland Dance Festival is based in dance city The Hague and programmes international dance productions, own performances, and projects throughout the year. The highlight is the globally renowned dance biennale, which will be held in February 2024 for the nineteenth time. Over the years, Codarts Rotterdam has developed into one of the foremost training institutes for contemporary dance in Europe.

This capitalises on Codarts’ excellent connections with the international arena. Holland Dance Festival and Codarts Rotterdam enjoy offering young top talent a national stage. Talent On The Move allows dancers to gain extensive, necessary stage experience, as the programme can be seen annually in around 30 cities in the Netherlands. Talent On The Move is a catchy, heart-warming show at the highest level, with passion and energy bursting from the
stage: held every year, changing every year, for almost 20 years.

Caroline Harder
Head Bachelor programme Dance, Codarts Rotterdam

Samuel Wuersten
Artistic and General Director, Holland Dance Festival

Jianhui Wang CN

Choreography: Jianhui Wang
Music: New Composition by Hoshiko Yamane
Dramaturgy: Konstantinos Chatzikypraios
Costumes: Asalia Khadjé, Jianhui Wang
Rehearsal directors: Keith-Derrick Randolph, Quentin Roger

Jianhui Wang studied at the dance academy in his hometown of Guangdong. In 2006, he joined the Guangdong Modern Dance Company and between 2007 and 2009, he participated as a freelancer in several projects. Jianhui Wang danced with the Bern Ballett in Switzerland before being hired at NDT 2 in 2010. He has danced with NDT 1 since 2013.
Jianhui Wang has worked with several international choreographers, including Jiři Kylian, Mats Ek, Sol Leon & Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schechter and Ohad Naharin. He also collaborated on several dance projects in China. Jianhui Wang created his first choreography for Switch ’14, Nederlands Dans Theater’s project for young choreographers. Other choreographies he created include Exit (Switch ’2015), Seeking Still (Here we live and now, Korzo 2015) and Between All Fading Colours (NDT 2’s Up and Coming Choreographers, 2016).

Maciej Kuźmiński PL
event horizon | 09’00

Choreography: Maciej Kuźmiński
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Flight from the City (edited by Maciej Kuźmiński)
Rehearsal directors: Ilona Binarsch, Neel Verdoorn

Maciej Kuźmiński is a choreographer, teacher and producer. He is a contemporary dance lynchpin in his country, where he is co-artistic director of the Caro Dance Theatre in Siedlce and artistic director of his own Maciej Kuźmiński Company. He is also the founder of the Polish dance network Polskiej Sieć Tańca. Maciej Kuźmiński is the first Polish dancer to graduate from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, with a Bachelor of Theatre Dance in 2007 and a Masters in Choreography. He then went on to create work for the Regensburg Tanz Theater, the Lithuanian Šeiko Dance Company, Eva Duda Company (Hungary) and in Poland for the Polskiego Teatru Tańca and the Rozbark Teatr. Based on the principle that everything is connected, he develops the movement techniques Floor Work and Dynamic Phrasing.
At the Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition 2020 (RIDCC) Kuźmiński received the ‘production award’ from Codarts.
For Talent On The Move, he studied event horizon. The colours of the costumes represent the white-and-red Polish flag. They represent the actual field of political conflict, the identity that both sides attempt to claim for themselves.

Jarek Cemerek CZ
ENSIGN | 10’00

Choreography: Jarek Cemerek
Music: Apparat, King of Clubs; Roger Goula, Cognitive Shift; Paul Hartnoll, City Sense
(Night Drive), Ben Lukas Boysen, Nocturne
Rehearsal directors: Ralitza Malehounova, Sun Hee Dieben
Costumes: Jarek Cemerek, Ayu Ariyati

Jarek Cemerek is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. He obtained his Bachelor in choreography and Masters in dance pedagogy at the Academy of Music and Dance in Prague. He has danced at the State Opera in Prague, among others, and has collaborated with companies such as Thor in Brussels, Willi Dorner in Vienna, the Royal Opera House in London, Stadttheater Bern and with choreographers like Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Cathy Marston and Jo Stromgren. In 2009, Jarek Cemerek founded his contemporary dance company Albamora. He also teaches in Europe and in the United States. He received the award for the best dance performance of the year 2011 and best dancer of the year for his work Void Amongst Humans from the Czech Dance Platform This work maintained repertoire, as in 2021, he performed the reprise of Void Amongst Humans at the Chaos Dance festival in Lyon. In that same year, he was artist in residence at the Czech Cultural Centre in Paris, and guest lecturer at the Tanzhalle Berlin, the Balettakademien Gothenburg and Dansalliansen in Sweden. Jarek Cemerek created Ensign especially for Codarts.

Ed Wubbe NL
Nico | 13’00

Choreography: Ed Wubbe
Music: John Cale, Modelling, Nibelungen
Costumes: Pamela Homoet
Light design: Benno Veen
Rehearsal directors: Sun Hee Dieben, Keith-Derrick Randolph Over the past decades, Ed Wubbe has created his own genre in which he fuses dance with other disciplines like circus and opera. In doing so, he pushes boundaries and creates a theatrical world with a raw, vibrant and contemporary relevance. Ed Wubbe trained at the Scapino Dance Academy in Amsterdam (1978-1984), after which he danced at the Dutch Dance Theatre’s first junior group. Between 1987 and 1990, he was house choreographer at Introdans and in 1990 he joined Scapino Ballet as a choreographer. Two years later he became artistic director of this company, which moved in 1994 and continued as Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. Ed Wubbe has so far produced over seventy dance pieces for Scapino, including TING! (2016). Students from Codarts Circus Arts also participated in this anniversary production to mark the company’s seventieth anniversary. In 2017, Ed Wubbe received the Gouden Zwaan for his major contribution to Dutch dance. He was also appointed Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. Prior to that, Single Manoeuvres featured on the programme of the Talent On The Move Tour.

Roy Assaf IS
A COUPLE | 08’30

Choreography: Roy Assaf
Music: Johannes Brahms, Ballade in D Opus 10nr 2 – Andante (Glenn Gould)
Costumes: Roy Assaf, Asalia Khadjé
Rehearsal director: Quentin Roger

Roy Assaf grew up in the farming community of Sde Moshe in southern Israel. For as long as he can remember he was involved in dance. Aged six, he gave tap concerts for his neighbour, who watched him dance on the balcony from her window. In the 1990s, he started creating and performing his own dances for family gatherings in Jerusalem. At 16, Roy Assaf started his training with a dance company under Regba Gilboa at
the Kiryat Gat community centre. In 2004, he was introduced to the internationally recognised choreographer Emmanuel Gat, with whom he worked closely until 2009 as a dancer and assistant choreographer. Since 2010 Roy Assaf has been creating his own work, partly
commissioned by leading institutions such as the L.A. Dance Project, Royal Swedish Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company, Goteborgs Operans Danskompani, Juilliard School and TanzMainz. His award-winning duet Six Years Later was danced by Natalia Osipova. Last season, Nederlands Dans Theater 1 concluded with a programme including the world premiere of his choreography How to ruin a dance.

Andonis Foniadakis EL
FACADE | 08’00

Choreography: Andonis Foniadakis
Music: Philip Glass, Cello Octet
Rehearsal director: Sun Hee Dieben
Light design: Gerben van der Weert

During his career as a dancer, Andonis Foniadakis has performed with the Bejart Ballet Lausanne (1994-1996) under Maurice Bejart, Lyon Opera Ballet (1996-2002) under Yorgos Loukos and featuring Saburo Teshigawara/Karas (2004) under Saburo Teshigawara. In addition, Foniadakis performed works by choreographers like Maguy Marin, Jiři Kylian, William Forsythe, Dominique Boivin, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Herve Robbe, Tero Saarinen, John Jasperse, Alessio Silvestrin and Jo Kanamori in those years. In 2003, Foniadakis founded his own company in Lyon, Apotosoma. For this, he created the choreography Sensitive Screens Skins Intervals (Kalamata International Dance Festival
in Greece, 2003) and Use (Biennale de la danse in Lyon, 2004). He recently created work for the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, the Greek National Opera and the Lyon Opera Ballet. He also choreographed the operas Les Boreades by Rameau (Opera National du Rhin, 2005) and Il canto della pelle by Claudio Ambrosini (Grame Lyon, 2006). Foniadakis studied at the State School of Dance in Athens and at Rudra Bejart in Lausanne.

Wessel Oostrum NL
THE SPEECH | 06’00

Choreography: Wessel Oostrum
Music: Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator; The Album Leaf, Window
Costumes: Wessel Oostrum
Light design: Wessel Oostrum, Maarten van Dorp
Rehearsal director: Quentin Roger

Wessel Oostrum is a graduate of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London and has a Bachelor of Dance from Codarts Rotterdam. He was part of the Dance Company Nanine Linning at Theater Heidelberg from 2012 to 2015. He continued his dance career at the Staatstheater Braunschweig under the artistic direction of Gregor Zollig. Since 2010, Wessel Oostrum has also been creating his own work. His
choreographies have been shown at venues including Holland Dance Festival, Theater Heidelberg, Staatstheater Braunschweig, New Zealand School of Dance and Shenzhen School of Arts. The Speech is a solo inspired by the iconic speech by Charlie Chaplin in the film The Great Dictator (1940). This solo is a contemporary and relevant social commentary, expressed in vigorous gestures and dance. Wessel Oostrum created the choreography for himself in 2012, when he was a student on the preparatory dance course at Codarts. He received high praise at the time for The Speech, including outside Codarts and outside the Netherlands.


Codarts Rotterdam
Head Bachelor programme Dance: Caroline Harder
Codarts Dance Company lead by Keith-Derrick Randolph
Light design and technique:
Marten de Wijs
Costumes: Asalia Khadjé, Merlijn Koopman
Production: Ellen Dijkstra
Communications: Claudia Klaassen, Lauri Kok

Holland Dance Festival
Artistic & General Director: Samuel Wuersten
Concept & idea: Samuel Wuersten
Communications: Sander van Dijk, Marijk Kuijt, Cherise Nieuwland, Royal Promotions
Editors: Claudia Klaassen , Ellen Dijkstra, Marijk Kuijt
Cover photo and other dance photos: Arash Nikkhah
Portrait photos of dancers: Codarts Dance Company, Gauthier Hemmerlin, Marion Paquet

Tickets:  https://mnt.mk/online/index.php?id=510

In honor of 30 years of diplomatic relations between S. Macedonia and the Netherlands and is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Skopje.

“It is easy to see how the Netherlands maintains its position as a world leader in contemporary dance (…) I would be hard-pressed to find even the mildest criticism of any aspect of the evening’s performance.” It was all brilliant”

– Arts Talk Magazine

Dance Fest Skopje is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Skopje, the US Embassy in Skopje, UDG, Vitalija, Bovin.