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Nederlands Dans Theater I opens New Vision Arts Festival

     Legendary modern dance company Nederlands Dans Theater I (NDT I) premieres three modern masterpieces to launch the New Vision Arts Festival this autumn.

     The stunning triple bill comprises "Renature" choreographed by Wayne McGregor, which is a co-commissioned work by the New Vision Arts Festival and NDT I; "Shoot the Moon" by Lightfoot Leon and "Tar and Feathers" by NDT resident choreographer Jiri Kylian.

     Renowned for his fast, physically demanding movements, British choreographer Wayne McGregor draws inspiration from the world of science, composition, architecture and computer programming.  Journeying along artificial and natural worlds, destruction and construction, technology, science and evolution, he ultimately brings back the dancers' bodies to a natural state in "Renature".

     The pioneering NDT resident choreographic duo of Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, in "Shoot the Moon", featuring three men and two women seen shuttling between the walls of an imposing, rotating three-roomed set, offers snapshots of couples frustrated by their relationships. Technically sophisticated and challenging, it combines balletic precision with urban vision to play out a series of striking scenes addressing intrigue, desire and obsession.  "Shoot the Moon" is the Winner of the Dutch VSCD Zwaan (Swan) Award for the Best Dance Production and the Herald Archangel at the Edinburgh International Festival.

     In "Tar and Feathers", a live piano performance takes place three metres above the stage, while dancers below revel in a quest for "pure" movement.  It is a contemporary classic by long-time NDT I collaborator Jiri Kylian, who was recently awarded La Biennale di Venezia's prestigious Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and will soon be concluding his 36-year partnership with NDT.

     As one of the world's most inventive choreographers, Wayne McGregor founded his own company, Random Dance Company at the age of 22, which was invited to become company-in-residence at Sadler's Wells in 2002.  His experiments have earned him a string of awards, including an Arts Foundation Fellowship in 1998, and Time Out Awards for Outstanding Achievement in 2001 and 2003. In 2006, he was appointed to the prestigious position of Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, the first in 16 years and the only one ever to come from the world of contemporary dance.

     Lightfoot and Leon met as dancers at NDT I in 1987. Since the beginning of their collaboration in 1991 they have created almost 30 ballets for the NDT. In 2005, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon were awarded the international dance award Benois de la Danse for "Signing Off".

     Born in Czechoslovakia in 1947, Jiri Kylian joined the Stuttgart Ballet led by John Cranko in 1968. In 1973 he was invited by the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) to become the company's guest choreographer. He became Artistic Director of the company in 1975. In 1978 he put NDT on the international map with "Sinfonietta". Kylian handed over the artistic leadership in 1999, but remained associated to the dance company as resident choreographer. Kylian has received many international awards and honours, including Officer of the Royal Dutch Order of Orange-Nassa.

     Nederlands Dans Theater I will present the performance at 7.30pm from October 23 to 25, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre.

     Tickets priced at $150, $250, $350 and $500 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Group booking discounts of up to 20% are available.

     Programme brochures are now available at URBTIX outlets or at the website

     For programme enquiries, please call 2370 1044. Credit card telephone bookings can be made on 2111 5999 and telephone reservations on 2734 9009. Internet bookings can be made at

Ends/Saturday, September 27, 2008


British great choreographer Wayne McGregor's new work "Renature" is co-commissioned by the New Vision Arts Festival and Nederlands Dans Theater I.


"Shoot the Moon", a signature piece by the pioneering Nederlands Dans Theater resident choreographic duo Lightfoot Leon.


"Tar and Feathers", a contemporary classic by Nederlands Dans Theater resident choreographer Jiri Kylian.



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