©Bas de Brouwer
Thu 5 Mar ’20 20:30


Jija Sohn
The Kyabajo is a flirtatious Japanese hostess
Thu 5 Mar ’20
  • Thu 5 Mar ’20
    Pand P Grote Zaal

The Kyabajo is a flirtatious Japanese hostess. She serves drinks, lights cigarettes and has intelligent conversations with hard-working men. But who has the power in this relationship?

Kyabajo is a visual solo in which the Japanese-Korean performer Jija Sohn (Kyoto, 1982) puts her own past as a 'Japanese companion' on the scale of power relations and frustrations. This performance instills the illusion of shady lightness. At the same time, Sohn seduces her audience in a game of oppression, power and liberation. 


"As a performer, Jija Sohn - glass stiletto heels, glittery nails, model curls - is undoubtedly masterful. Her images are beautiful, her minimal movements are to the point: controlled and a bit sexy in how she walks, bends or sits. From bar stools, she lets us look at various 'installations' that magnify the kyabajo phenomenon and emphasize the contrast between refinement and coarseness, between light and heavy." **** (De Volkskrant, Mirjam van der Linden after seeing the performance at Theaterfestival Boulevard 2018).

  • Location: Pand P
  • Excl. free drink 


a production by Dansmakers Amsterdam / co-production DansBrabant, Theaterfestival Boulevard & Podium Bloos via PLAN Talentontwikkeling

Short program after the show

Saskia de Haas graduated in 2016 as a play writer at the Writing for Performance course at the HKU in Utrecht. Saskia's work is visual and slightly poetic. In the fall of 2017, Saskia attended the first edition of Dans & Durf / Dance & Dare, the writing course of DansBrabant and Domein voor Kunstkritiek, in which writers look for new words for new dance. Tonight, after the performance, Saskia reads her essay Macht about female power and vulnerability that she wrote after seeing Kyabajo by Jija Sohn on Theaterfestival Boulevard.
Last but not least, the short, new dance film Re: Born by the young choreographer Annemijn Rijk & filmmaker Fleur Bax working from Brabant. A short dance film about getting up. How do you get up if you are thrown into life so hard? How do you proceed if life falls cold on your roof? How do you stand up if you don't know how to get your body together? Re: Born is about a force that must be found and that must be felt in every fiber, the force that is needed to believe (again) in the body, that is needed to rise (again).

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