Rutkay Özpinar (Korzo)

Rutkay Özpinar

Choreographer DANSLOKAAL




After being invlolved in DANSLOKAAL 7 (2019), Korzo, one of the creative partners in DANSLOKAAL, selected choreographer Rutkay Özpinar again. This time for the 11th edition of this talent development project.

Rutkay Özpinar (1991) from The Netherlands is a Dutch/Turkish choreographer and currently a house choreographer at Korzo in The Hague. Besides from being a dancer he keeps on pursuing his choreographic career which will become his full focus from next season on. In 2019 Rutkay started his research on Turkish folk dance and the goal of it was to let it influence his movement language. Throughout this journey he found his authenticity in his work where the different colours of contemporary dance, classical ballet, hip-hop and Turkish folk dance have blended into a colour. Rutkay’s works are inspired by the essence of our existence that struggles to find rest in this world. Let it be loneliness, hedonism or the structured life we live in. There is always a restlesness within humans that inspire him to create with such subjects. Rather than expressing these subjects in a literal way Rutkay lets the cadance of the human body create shape to express these sensations.


To find one's own language in movement is quite a journey, and this requires a lot of imagination, patience and determination. It is wonderful to see Rutkay take on this challenge with a lot of passion and curiosity. His authenticity is found in a spectrum of classical ballet, modern dance, hip-hop and Turkish folk dance. I am very curious to see where his discoveries will take him. Anouk van Dijk, Mentor Korzo
©Phillippe Vogelenzang

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Rutkay Özpinar, Marta & Kim and Patricia van Deutekom|Theatre tour