Sarada Sarita (Korzo)

Sarada Sarita

Choreographer DANSLOKAAL

Nationality

Dutch/Chilean

Korzo, one of the creative partners in DANSLOKAAL, nominates choreographer Sarada Sarita for the twelfth edition of the talent development project. In 2024 she will create new work with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst.

Sarada Sarita (1987) is a Dutch/Chilean dancer and choreographer. A pioneer in the Dutch dance scene: she was one of the first that brought voguing and waacking to the Netherlands. She worked with companies like ISH and Het Nationale Ballet. In 2019, she won the prestigious BNG Bank Dansprijs with Christian Yav and Sedrig Verwoert, as well as the ‘Zilveren Krekel’ for her role as witch in GRIMM (a co-production by Junior Company Het Nationale Ballet & ISH). She has been an in-house maker at Korzo since 2021.

From an early age, she practices a wide range of dance styles: from classical ballet to tap dancing, as well as jazz and hip hop. She studied at Lucia Marthas and Peridance Centre of Art & Alignmentunder in New York. She is a creative maker and dancer who possesses tons of charisma, presence and a strong female power. She increasingly embraces these natural qualities and puts them to use in her creative process. During her stay in New York, she immersed herself completely in the dance movements of voguing and waacking, cultures wherein she now finds a home and identity.

These dance subcultures celebrate being different and not following convention. She celebrates difference in her work as a dancer; specifically, to show the human experience in all its different colors and emotions. In 2019, Sarada made a life-changing trip to South America. She reconciled with her indigenous roots and learned in-depth from tribes that are threatened with extinction. This journey granted her a new connection with and appreciation for nature, the concept of ‘the land and the natural way of life and death’.

As Waacking specialist and pioneer of New Way Vogue, Sarada Sarita (1987) adds a deepening, contemporary color to the dance field. Her work has the rawness and individuality of these underground dance forms and is choreographically extremely precise. Being able to work with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst gives her a new interpretation of her own style that develops more broadly and more intensively. Gemma Jelier (General Director Korzo)
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