“ZOO” by Gabriella Maiorino – 2008


«Tonight we are the ZOO.
We are the Monstrosity, the Provocation, the Beast, the Beauty, the Myth;
we are the ones you love, the ones you dream of, the ones you fuck, you manipulate, you trample, you torture, you mutilate, swallow, digest, shit and throw away.
Come along.
Enjoy your ZOO. »

ZOO premiered in Amsterdam in October 2008 during the Dutch Dance week. It went on tour in The Netherlands, London (Aerowaves Festival as one of the best European choreographies of 2006), Italy, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, Dansens Hus in Oslo and festival Punto Aparte, to name a few.

ZOO is a co-production of Danswerkplaats Amsterdam and Festival Interplay Torino and is financially supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.


Choreography: Gabriella Maiorino
Dance: Samir Calixto/ Daniel Hayward, Gabriella Maiorino, Fornier Ortiz Bedoya, Marlene Vilhena, Maria Chernova, Valentina Campora, Cordelia Lange, Cristina Leitão
Live Music: Simone Giacomini
Light design: Claus den Hartog
Stage and image advise: Ascon de Nijs

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photos © Filip Molski


Zoo shifted from circus to abattoir, via hospital, club and bedroom on the way, exploring the mucky relationship between man and beast… With vivid satire elevating the more commonplace shock value of its nudity and dark sexuality, Zoo merits a wider audience.”

Lucy Ribchester , January 07, Aerowaves, the Place Theatre, London

“The only piece with its own strong personality is ZOO from Gabriella Maiorino. An intriguing work that makes me want to see the next production from the choreographer.”

Ingrid van Frankenhuyzen / NRC Handelblad 16 april 2007 (Voorjaarsontwaken, Korzo)

“A work with very strong power, extremely critical, that wants to provoke in the audience the worst feelings”
Jorge Martinez, June 08 Festival Punto Aparte, Murcia, Spain

Performance list:


26 April DWA studiotheater, Amsterdam (NL)
27 April DWA studiotheater, Amsterdam (NL)
28 April DWA studiotheater, Amsterdam (NL)
11 May Teatro Astra, Focus Torinodanza, Torino (IT)
14 July Vondelpark, Openluchttheater, Amsterdam (NL)


19 January The Place, Aerowaves, London (UK)
9 March Gasthuis Theater, Amsterdam (NL)
16 March Melkweg theater, Amsterdam (NL)
17 March Melkweg theater, Amsterdam (NL)
18 March Melkweg theater, Amsterdam (NL)
12 April Korzo Theater, Den Haag- Voorjaarsontwaken (NL)
13 April Korzo Theater, Den Haag- Voorjaarsontwaken (NL)
14 April Korzo Theater, Den Haag- Voorjaarsontwaken (NL)
15 April Korzo Theater, Den Haag- Voorjaarsontwaken (NL)
23 November Teatro Caos, Torino (IT)
24 November Teatro Caos, Torino (IT)



28 February De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort (NL) – try-out
5 March Theater Gasthuis, Amsterdam (NL) – try-out
6 March Theater Gasthuis, Amsterdam (NL) – try-out
6 June Festival Punto Aparte, Murcia (ES)
6 October Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL) – dutch premiere
10 October Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
11 October Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
23 October Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam
28 November PAL Theatre, Amsterdam (NL)
29 November PAL Theatre, Amsterdam (NL)
30 November PAL Theatre, Amsterdam (NL)


17 January Korzo Theatre, Den Haag (NL)
19 January Korzo Theatre, Den Haag (NL) – Dansclick showcase
5 February Dansens Hus, Oslo (NO)
6 February Dansens Hus, Oslo (NO)
7 February Dansens Hus, Oslo (NO)