In this interview-column you will get to know tomorrow’s best musicians, dancers and circusartists. This month: Rok Zalokar (25), student Piano (jazz). The Rok Zalokar Trio, consisting of yourself, Joze Cesar (drums) and Dejan Hudoklin (bass) won the Erasmus Jazz Prize on the 20th of March. Were you nervous? "Yes, quite so. De Eduard Flipse Zaal in de Doelen is a wonderful auditorium, and the house was packed. The sound there is super good, compared to some of the small venues where we have performed. That is also why we felt some pressure: all the ingredients for a successful performance were there, but we still had to make it happen. Much of our music is improvised, so it’s created live. This means that sometimes we sound really great and at other times we may fail miserably." This time things obviously went very well. How do you turn improvisation into a success? "We see performance as a sea voyage: we are navigating charted and uncharted parts, and sometimes one of us enthusiastically goes one way while the others sail away in the opposite direction at the same time. In each performance we look for balance and good ensemble play and the quality of the sound is important in that. We work with a prepared piano; for instance, I use beer bottle caps to make the strings resonate nicely. If the sound is not well calibrated our music can easily evaporate in the space." The Erasmus Jazz Prize has produced some big names over the past 21 years. What does it mean to you to win this award? "For us as musicians it is an important recognition. We are very self-critical: we practice a lot and we always feel we could do better. I hope this award will bring more invitations to perform. I also think that it …
In this interview-column you will get to know tomorrow’s best musicians, dancers and circusartists. This month: Louis Thuriot (19), student Dance. You won the 2nd price on the 20th edition of the Internationale Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival Stuttgart for the choreography Balance. What story are you saying with this solo? "My solo is about emotions, displaying desirable behaviour, functioning in today’s society. I have this feeling that one is always expected to be high-spirited and happy in this world. With my solo I try to explore what happens when you let go of these expectations. My facial expressions play an important part: sometimes I smile in an exaggerated fashion and then very abruptly that smile disappears. I also kiss the floor and it’s amusing to see how people in the audience are a little embarrassed by that, and start laughing. On stage I am not afraid to do this. I am not myself, but a dance character. On stage I have much more nerve and expression than I have in daily life." How do you create a choreography? "I often get inspiration while riding my bicycle, doing the dishes or when I’m in the shower. At moments when I feel no pressure. I often work out the basic idea in my rather small room. And as my work contains many pirouettes and spirals, that poses quite a challenge, ha ha. Later, I work out all the details in one of the larger dance studios at Codarts. The solo that won me this prize lasts ten minutes. Part of it already existed as I made it for an examination last year." In addition to the Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival, you also won a prize at the solo competition in Brussels. What is your next goal? "My great dream is to dance with the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). I think it would be …
In may 2016 Claude Vendette, casting director of Cirque du Soleil, visited Codarts.
In this interview-column you will get to know tomorrow’s best musicians, dancers and circusartists. This month: Amanda Payne (20), student Music Theatre.
"With Lip Stick, Maria Martpay and I translate percussion into a visual thing, something that is also nice to watch."
"You really have to reach out to the audience and invite them to travel with you through the story."
Club Gewalt is a succesful Music Theatre collective consisting of eight Codarts-alumni. "Many people from outside the school advised against starting a collective, saying we had no idea what we were getting into. The more everyone kept telling us, the hungrier we got."