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Nederlands Dans Theater 1
Programme
Programme
In the Event
In the Event
Shutters Shut
Shutters Shut
Woke up Blind
Woke up Blind
Safe as Houses
Safe as Houses
Nederlands Dans Theater
Nederlands Dans Theater
Ticketing
Ticketing
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Enquiry

In the Event by Crystal Pite

Shutters Shut by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot

Woke up Blind by Marco Goecke

Safe as Houses by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot

 

Audiences aged 6 and above are welcome.

 

The running time of each performance is approximately 1 hour 55 minutes including two 20-minute intermissions.

 

Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually.  Latecomers and audiences who leave their seats during the performance will only be admitted to their own seats at a suitable break.

 

“Tellingly, is the final image of the solitary man who tries to chart and analyze his environment with small, compulsive acts.” TROUW, Netherlands

 

“The expressiveness is so pure that In The Event becomes an intense and magical experience.” LEIDSCH DAGBLAD, Netherlands

Choreography Crystal Pite
Music Owen Belton
Piano recording Jan Schouten   
Light  Tom Visser
Decor Jay Gower Taylor 
Costumes Crystal Pite, Joke Visser
World premiere 16 April 2015, Lucent Danstheater The Hague
Duration 20 minutes

Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite integrates movement, original music, text, and rich visual design. She then assembles it with recklessness and rigour, by balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. Pite’s distinctive choreographic language -  a mix of classical movements and improvisation -  is marked by a sense of theatricality, inventiveness and humour. Although her work often portrays a strong story, it is not necessary to understand the associations and references in the work in which the silent language of the body is often performed with ferocious intensity.
 

Crystal Pite

Crystal Pite is associate choreographer with NDT since 2008. Her work In the Event for NDT 1 premiered in 2014. Furthermore Pite created Pilot X (2005), The Second Person (2007), Frontier (2008), Plot Point (2010), Solo Echo (2012) and Parade (2013) for NDT. The ballet Plot Point was nominated for the prestigious dance award Benois de la Danse. In season 2015/2016 she created The Statement for the NDT 1 programme Somos which premiered on February 4 2016. Pite is also an associate dance artist at Canada's National Arts Centre and at Sadler's Wells, London. In 2002 she founded her own company in Vancouver: Kidd Pivot. Her ballets are performed by dance companies worldwide.

 

“A playful but sophisticated dance of gestures, making sense in the same way its text score, Gertrude Stein’s “If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso,” does: not at all, and completely.”
The New York Times, United States

 

“Easily the best piece is Shutters Shut, a four-minute setting of a Gertrude Stein poem by Lightfoot and Leon. As the poet's words pile into a precarious rhythmic edifice, so the dancers' gestures are repeated and varied with impossible articulation and speed. Simultaneously daft and brilliant, you feel Stein would have loved the two performers and so did we.”
The Guardian, United Kingdom

 

A short study of the poem written and read by Gertrude Stein: “If I told him: A completed portrait of Picasso” [1923]

Choreography Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
Light  Tom Bevoort
Première 6 March 2003, Lucent Danstheater Den Haag
Duration 4 minutes

Shutters Shut is a remarkable piece of four minutes during which the dancers visualize the words of Gertrude Stein reciting her poem If I told him. Set to spoken words instead of music makes this dance all the more interesting. The body language blends seamlessly into the poem, sweeping you away in sheer beauty.

 

Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Sol León (Córdoba, Spain) and Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) started creating as a duo for NDT

more than 26 years ago. Together they won prestigious awards, such as the Benois de la Danse and the Herald Archangel. They have been NDT’s house choreographers since 2002 and together they created more than fifty ballets.

 

Sol León

Sol León joined NDT 2 after graduating from the National Ballet Academy of Madrid in 1987. Two years later she joined NDT 1 and danced masterpieces of Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin. She continued to dance up until 2003, when she decided to fully devote herself to choreography. León became artistic advisor for NDT in 2012.

Paul Lightfoot

Paul Lightfoot studies at the Royal Ballet School in London. He joined NDT 2 and moved to NDT 1 two years later, where he danced until 2008. During his dancing career, Lightfoot started choreographing and together with Sol León created many pieces for NDT. Lightfoot became artistic director of NDT in 2011.

“With an almost unearthly intensity (Goecke) lets music and dance merge together. And again it is his movement idiom that is intangible and therefore appeals to the imagination.” Leidsch Dagblad, Netherlands

“Surrealistic dance poetry.” de Volkskrant

Choreography Marco Goecke
Dramaturge  Nadja Kadel
Music Jeff Buckley: You and I, The Way Young Lovers Do
Light  Udo Haberland
Decor and costumes Marco Goecke
World premiere February 4 2016, Zuiderstrandtheater The Hague
Duration  15 minutes

The songs You and I and The way young lovers do by Jeff Buckley, who died tragically and young, deal with love in different ways: the first is slow, with very stretched- out vocals; the second has fast, almost hectic guitar accompaniment. Both songs form the basis for Marco Goecke’s latest choreography Woke up Blind. The two female and five male dancers are drawn into an acoustic world in which they excel in contesting with Buckley’s vocal power and his frenetic guitar sounds. Like young lovers, they throw themselves into the unknown regardless of the consequences, driven purely by longing. In Woke up Blind, Goecke has once again managed to reach the core of human emotions through pure, highly complex movement.

 

Marco Goecke

In 2013 Marco Goecke (Wuppertal, Germany) joined NDT as an associate choreographer. His latest work for NDT 1 is Woke up Blind which premiered on February 4, 2016. Earlier, he created Nichts (2008), Garbo Laughs (2012), Hello Earth (2014) and Dutch dance Zwaan Award 2015 nominee  for ‘most impressive choreography' Thin Skin (2015), all for NDT 1.

Between 2006 and 2011 Goecke was also house choreographer with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and since 2005 at the Stuttgart Ballet. Goeckes work is performed by dance companies worldwide.

“In this magical 'appearing and disappearing’- ballet by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León the dance speaks for itself: every body turn is compelling and exciting, the tension evoked compelling, inescapable.” De Volkskrant, Netherlands

"(León and Lightfoot’s) work is built around theatrical resources and performed with Olympic dance power. The reprise 'Safe as Houses’ (2001) is known as the vanishing ballet with dancers around a circular wall, and counts as a reflection on the maneuverability of the soul." Trouw, Netherlands

Choreography Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
Music Johann Sebastian Bach
Light Tom Bevoort
Decor and costumes Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
World premiere 14 November 2001, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague
Duration 30 minutes

Safe as Houses is inspired by the Chinese Book of Changes I Tjing and created to Bach’s scores. The work reflects on the reliance to the physical environment and ultimately on the survivability of the soul.

 

Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Sol León (Córdoba, Spain) and Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) started creating as a duo for NDT

more than 26 years ago. Together they won prestigious awards, such as the Benois de la Danse and the Herald Archangel. They have been NDT’s house choreographers since 2002 and together they created more than fifty ballets.

 

Sol León

Sol León joined NDT 2 after graduating from the National Ballet Academy of Madrid in 1987. Two years later she joined NDT 1 and danced masterpieces of Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin. She continued to dance up until 2003, when she decided to fully devote herself to choreography. León became artistic advisor for NDT in 2012.

Paul Lightfoot

Paul Lightfoot studies at the Royal Ballet School in London. He joined NDT 2 and moved to NDT 1 two years later, where he danced until 2008. During his dancing career, Lightfoot started choreographing and together with Sol León created many pieces for NDT. Lightfoot became artistic director of NDT in 2011.

 

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) has always been ambitious and idiosyncratic. Since its founding in 1959 by Benjamin Harkarvy, Aart Verstegen and Carel Birnie in cooperation with eighteen dancers from Het Nationale Ballet (The National Ballet), NDT has tried to pave its own way in the modern dance field. Glen Tetley and Hans van Manen prominently imprinted NDT with an avant-garde aesthetic and their nonconformist, progressive productions put the company on the national and international map.

 

The Dutch company, under the artistic guidance of Paul Lightfoot, performs for over 115,000 visitors in Europe as well as in the United States, Asia and Australia. Since its founding in 1959, this rebellious top company has built a rich repertoire of 600 ballets by master choreographers such as Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen, renowned house choreographers Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, associate choreographers Crystal Pite, and Marco Goecke and high-profile guests such as Johan Inger, Medhi Walerski, Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier, Hofesh Shechter, Edward Clug, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar.

 

The multi-national company consists of 28 phenomenal dancers from all over the world, varying in age between 24 and 41 years old, each one of them excelling in their solo qualities. The dancers of NDT are renowned for their versatility, astonishing technique and virtuosic expression. The company contributes to various art forms along with choreography by involving visual art, music composition, and innovative light and set designs, all the while developing new talent. At NDT’s home base, all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a unique worldwide breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to let the future of dance take shape.

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Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

 

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10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

 

Early bird discount

10% off for each purchase of standard tickets on or before 16 July 2017.

 

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10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for both Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and The Propelled Heart by Alonzo King LINES Ballet (USA).

 

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount offers for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

 

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Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually.  Latecomers and audiences who leave their seats during the performance will only be admitted to their own seats at a suitable break.

 

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists.

 

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    • 11.11.2017 (Sat)
      20:00
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    • Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre
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