After graduating from Codarts, Ryan Djojokarso (b. 1983) became a much sought-after dancer and worked with various choreographers including Itzik Galili, Liat Waysbort, Erik Kaiel, Keren Levi, Ugo Dehaes, Itamar Serussi and Tabea Martin.
Ryan was nominated for the Prize of the Dutch Dance Days Young Audiences in 2017 and - together with Astrid Boons and Sabine Molenaar - won the BNG Bank Dance Prize for promising choreographers. Ryan is currently developing at Korzo, within a new makers trajectory, as a maker for the large hall. This trajectory is in collaboration with Zuiderstandtheater and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and is supported by the Performing Arts Fund.
The first result of this trajectory manifested itself in While the leaves are blowing. A short performance as part of TWOOLS (2018).
Danced in works of
Itzik Galili, Liat Waysbort, Erik Kaiel, Keren Levi, Ugo Dehaes, Itamar Serussi en Tabea Martin
Nominations and awards
- Nomination for Prize of Dutch dance festival 'Nederlandse Dansdagen' Young Adience 2017 & 2020
- BNG Bank Dance priez 2017
- 1st prize, Berner Tanzpreise 2014
- Kritikerpreis, Hannover Choreographic Competition
- Prize for best dancer for Mayke’s performance in Balts - CICC Copenhagen
After successful performances such as LIBI, Mom:Me and Giovanni's Room and various collaborations, theater producer and choreographer Ryan Djojokarso established his own foundation in 2020; LIBI. The first performance from LIBI, WINTER/21/J., premiered in November 2021. This was also the kickoff of a four-part dance portrait series in which he explores issues of origins and belonging in a changing society. In his performances, he works with both professional and amateur performers and allows different disciplines to come together. In May 2022, the second portrait in the series of four, LENTE/22/K. will premiere at O. festival in Rotterdam.
Ryan has previously created pieces for Korzo, Conny Janssen Danst, Konzert Theater Bern and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam.
Ryan emphatically supports the idea: 'culture is there for everyone'. After all, he notices that there are a lot of people in the Netherlands who hardly (can't) go to performances. Art does not seem to have priority in society, but to him art is of great value. And because he was born and raised in Suriname, he also knows that art cannot be taken for granted. Therefore, he feels the urgency to create narrative dance performances that are recognizable and accessible to a broad and culturally diverse audience. His performances therefore appeal to all layers of society: light, personal, playful, expressive and with humor. At the same time, they do highlight important social themes.