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Nederlands Dans Theater 2 Tour - Lublin



Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies, under artistic guidance of choreographer Paul Lightfoot. NDT is based in The Hague, but performs on a yearly basis for an international audience worldwide in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. Since its foundation in 1959, this rebellious pioneering company has built a rich repertoire of over 600 ballets, by master choreographers Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen, renowned house choreographers Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, associate choreographers Crystal Pite, and Marco Goecke and high-profiled guests such as Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Gabriela Carrizo, Hofesh Shechter and Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar.

In 1978, NDT founded a junior division specifically focussing on talent development. In three years time, NDT 2 prepares sixteen classically trained dancers from around the world for NDT 1. Both companies are celebrated as two of the world’s most distinctive dance ensembles. NDT 2’s varied repertoire consists of work by established choreographers as well as upcoming talents, such as Jiří Pokorný, Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal. One of the objectives of NDT 2 is to acquaint the dancers with a lexicon of dance languages. Working together with young choreographers, offers the dancers the opportunity to work within a range of styles and genres in which technique is a means to the goal of getting to their artistic core as dancers and performers in general.





Nederlands Dans Theater 2 - Lublin Tour from Centrum Kultury w Lublinie on Vimeo.


SCHUBERT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkc7Q3JBM5s
SOME OTHER TIME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikmTr0F0DFQ
MUTUAL COMFORT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFy_DvOcrj8
SOLO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zk-V_2rBME
CACTI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE7996SFkC0



Schubert by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Music                                     Schubert: String quintet in C - Adagio

Costumes / decor    Sol León and Paul Lightfoot

Light                                       Tom Bevoort

World premiere                      4 November 2014, Theater aan het Spui, The Hague

Duration                                 6 minutes


Schubert premiered during the anniversary performance 25 Years León & Lightfoot. This pas de deux, danced on a piece of music by Schubert is, besides being an emotional ballet exuding a love story between a man and a woman, a highly technical work that emphasizes NDT2’s extraordinary talent level.



Some Other Time by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Music                                    Max Richter: Thermodynamics; I was just thinking; Broken Symmetries for Y; When the northern lights / Jasper and Louise; A sudden Manhattan of the mind; This Picture of us. P.; Found song for P.; H thinks a journey; Lullaby from the Westcoast sleepers; So long Orpheus; Mercy (violin by Hilary Hahn & piano by Cory Smythe)

Costumes / decor                Sol León and Paul Lightfoot

Light                                      Tom Bevoort

World premiere                   4 November 2014, Theater aan het Spui, The Hague

Duration                               24 minutes


Some Other Time premiered at the anniversary performance 25 Years León & Lightfoot. A white floor and black decor pieces that seemingly float across the stage, highlight the refreshing and oppressive feeling that the dancers portray in this ballet. All dressed in black and with a wide variety of pas de deux and solos Some Other Time is an extraordinary exercise for the NDT2 dancers in the emotional dance language that is so characteristic for choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot.



mutual comfort by Edward Clug

Music                                                    New composition PErpeTuumOVIA by Milko Lazar

Light                                                     Tom Visser
Decor and costumes                          Edward Clug
Duration                                               11 minutes
World premiere                                   19 March 2015, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague



Solo by Hans van Manen

Choreography                      Hans van Manen

Music                                     Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin suite no. 1 in D minor Correnta and Double, BWV 1002 (1720)

                                               Recorded performance (violinist: Sigiswald Kuijken)

Decor and costumes          Keso Dekker

Light                                      Joop Caboort

Première                               16 January 1997, Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag

Duration                               7 minutes

Hans van Manen created Solo for NDT 2 in 1997. With this seven minute, high pace ballet set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s violin partita, Van Manen made a piece for three dancers who portray a single man reexamining his place in the world. Since the rate of movement is exceptionally high requiring extraordinary timing, the ballet can only be performed by the dancers taking turns.



Cacti by Alexander Ekman

Music                                    Joseph Haydn: sonate no V “Sitio” from Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, Hoboken XX, 1B; Ludwig van Beethoven: string quartet no. 9 in C, Opus 59, section from: Andante con moto quasi allegretto; Franz Schubert: Presto from stringquartet Der Tod und das Mädchen, arranged for orchestra by Andy Stein and for stringquartet by Gustav Mahler; Allegro by Joseph Haydn from string quartets Opus 9, no 6 in A major.
String quartet recorded by Harmen Straatman: Tinta Smidt von Altenstadt (first violin), Saskia Viersen (second violin), David Marks (alto violin), Artur Trajko (cello)

Light                                     Tom Visser

Decor / costumes                                Alexander Ekman

Lyrics                                    Spenser Theberge

Duration                               27 minutes

World premiere                   25 February 2010, Lucent Danstheater The Hague