The Serbian / Dutch choreographer Dunja Jocic received the Prize for up-and-coming talent during the Dutch Dance Festival in 2018. Her latest choreography The Panther is based on the poem of the same name by the German poet Rilke.
A confrontation ensues, causing the situation to get completely out of hand
An ambitious businessman has moved into an apartment in an ultra-modern residential tower. His apartment is equipped with the latest technology in which the hectic 30-year-old only has online contacts. His existence in the grip of technology has manipulated and alienated him. He wonders if he is still alive. The thriller-like soundtrack of sounds from the other tenants enhance his desolate feeling. Everything makes him the caged animal from The Panther by the German poet Rilke; "His gaze has become so tired by walking along the bars that he can no longer see anything." While the apartment develops its own will, the man tries to escape his alienation and the suspense he feels. In a desperate last attempt to regain life, a confrontation arises and the situation in the apartment runs out of control.
His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold
anything else. It seems to him there are
a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.
As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.
Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,
rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.
Rainer Maria Rilke (Translation: Stephen Mitchell)