Fast, furious and fun – enter a world where Karel and Vanja are Bokko kings. Sharp routines and sharp suits. Screaming fans and Manga-inspired avatars. They have it all. Empty fantasy is dressed up with explosive visuals. Inspired by a South Korean dance craze, this show is breathless and all-consuming. Step inside.
BOKKO is an explosive dance performance with whipped up music and video animation. These two theatre performers are so interested in the influence of Asian media culture on reality that they decided to make a show about it.
It looks like everybody can determine how to react on media and to use it the way he wants. But gradually media are more and more ruling our behaviour. With BOKKO, Karel van Laere and Vanja Rukavina have translated the reality of media overload into a performance. The audience gets swamped with a paradox of emptiness and fantasy. Explosive, fast and powerful, just like how the media communicates with people.
When Karel and Vanja saw the videos on YouTube of the Bokko dance and realised its impact they knew that had to be the form of the show. Frame by frame they taught themselves this popular South Korean dance so they could use it as a basis. They made new choreographies and together with newly composed Asian disco music, video and Japanese manga they have created a total experience where the audience has no time to breathe.
Choreography & video: Karel van Laere & Vanja Rukavina
Music: DJ イアソン
Video Assistance: Peter van Til
Manga cartoons: Mustayaki
Dance: Karel van Laere, Vanja Rukavina, Julia Mitomi,
Jihane El Fahidi, Tessa Wowor or Cheroney Pelupessy
Lighting Design: Raoul Baeten
Final Direction: Helena Muskens & Quirine Racké
Production: Lisa van Woersem
Dramaturgy: Suzy Blok / Dansmakers Amsterdam
Producer: Talitha Stijnman / Paradiso Melkweg Productiehuis
BOKKO is a coproduction of Paradiso Melkweg Productiehuis with Dansmakers Amsterdam.