De keuze van Korzo & NDT

Antonin Rioche Ohgirl!

Since 2013, Korzo and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) have joined forces in order to support new choreographic talent. Every year they select extraordinary talent to create a full-evening performance that then goes on tour. Antonin Rioche has been chosen for 2022. Fernando Magadan, Iván Pérez, Amos Ben-Tal, Joeri Dubbe, Samir Calixto, Marina Mascarell and Jiri Pokorny preceded him. 

About the programme

Five years after Ohboy! which has successfully toured in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, and finally in the Netherlands last year. Antonin is now presenting its feminine counterpart: Ohgirl! This performance is the choice of NDT and Korzo for 2022.

What happens when the curtain falls, the spotlight goes out, the camera stops and the apartment door closes behind us.

Ohgirl! is a journey, an intimate outtake on the essence of anxiety, questioning the weight that we sometimes carry on our shoulders. An experience that reminds you of all the times you felt not enough. Anxiety is like a human mechanism that helps us survive, we are born as vulnerable animals, and worrying is supposed to be our superpower… but when we worry too much every day, that anxiety upraises and shadows us, inhibiting our daily flow. You feel in trouble, our thoughts overflooding, everything gets louder inside, and it feels like an internal fight, a battle against yourself.

Antonin sees the stage as a canvas in which the dancer evolves closely, witnessed by the observer’s eyes. The body is painted through space, crossed by different qualities and emotions of the daily life. We follow her thinking process and inhabit her dreams but also feel the daily life’s pressure that nails her to the ground, struggling to move forward. She feels trapped, she is trapped, looking for an escape, a way to navigate and ride the waves of emotion inside her.

Performances dates

Seizoen 2022-2023 | 20 oktober  – 16 december 2022

Korzo, Den Haag
20, 21 oct

Lux, Nijmegen 
28 oct

De Goudse Schouwburg
17 nov

Kunstmin Dordrecht
19 nov

Schuur, Haarlem
02 dec

Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch
08 dec

Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam 
13 dec

Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht 
16 dec

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Biography: Antonin Rioche (1994, Angers) has always been a creator, storyteller and, above all, lover of contemporary movement. Despite his lack of classical training, he decided to pursue his advanced training at Ballet Junior de Genève after high school. The dance school laid a strong foundation and prepared him to dance with companies such as Olivier Dubois Company. Here he worked on several European tours with Sasha Waltz, Ryan Djojokarso, Theo Clinkard, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Michael Keegan-Dolan, among others.

For Antonin, movement is the basis for creating, but not necessarily the starting point. His self-written texts often underpin his works from which a poetic interpretation of the body emerges. In dialogue with his inner world, his ideas find themselves somewhere between virtuosity and experimentation and, moreover, his creative process flows through various mediums. For example, Antonin’s 2017 first solo Oh boy! was filmed and won awards for Best International Film (Bestias Danzantes Dance Film Festival) and Best Dance Film (Muestra Movimiento Audiovisual) in 2019.

As Korzo Theater’s resident choreographer, Antonin made The Others, Finally a Sign of Life and Here We Live and Now (2018 and 2019). In 2021, Antonin’s first full-length performance Glitter premiered at the CaDance Festival at the invitation of Korzo and Nederlands Dans Theater.


Biography: Arika Yamada (USA) has been a member of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani since the 2013/2014 season. She trained at The Juilliard School and previously danced at Gallim Dance in NYC. She has worked at Korzo Theater (Netherlands) and Company XIV at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with Barak Marshall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Director: Antonin Rioche
Danser (Den Haag, Nijmegen, Haarlem, Den Bosch, Amsterdam): Arika Yamada
Danser (Gouda, Dordrecht, Utrecht): Adi Amit
Muziek: Lisa Harres
Kostuumontwerp: Jan-Jan van Esche
Video registratie en trailer: Tommy Pascal
Fotograaf campagnebeeld: Jim de Block
Fotograaf Repetiefoto’s: Alex Avgud