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Works & Process at the Guggenheim announces Nederlands Dans Theater with Sol León and Paul Lightfoot

by Michelle Tabnick
November 10, 2016
Guggenheim Museum - Peter P. Lewis Theater
Works & Process
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
212-423-3587
On Sunday, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents a preview of Nederlands Dans Theater's (NDT) New York City Center season with excerpts from choreographic works by NDT house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot (Safe as houses and Stop-Motion) and associate choreographers Marco Goecke (Woke up Blind) and Crystal Pite (The Statement) featuring 12 dancers from NDT. León and Lightfoot participate in a discussion moderated by Stanford Makishi, New York City Center Vice President of Programming.

Tickets & Venue
$40, $35 Guggenheim members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575, (M–F, 1–5pm) or online at worksandprocess.org
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York

Nederlands Dans Theater will present four performances at New York City Center: Wednesday, November 16 at 8 pm, Thursday, November 17 at 8 pm, Friday, November 18 at 8 pm, Saturday, November 19 at 8 pm. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online at www.NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix® at (212) 581-1212, or at the City Center Box Office at 131 W. 55th St. (between 6th & 7th Aves). For more information, please visit www.NYCityCenter.org.

Nederlands Dans Theater is recognized as one of the most prolific and creative contemporary dance companies in the world. It consists of two multinational companies: NDT 1 and NDT 2. The latter prepares sixteen classically trained dancers (between the ages of 17 and 23) for the highest possible level, during a three-year trajectory. NDT 1 consists of 28 dancers (varying in age between 24 and 38 years old), each one excelling in their solo qualities and renowned for their versatility, astonishing technique and virtuosic expression. Under artistic guidance of Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot and Artistic Advisor Sol León and based in The Hague, NDT dancers perform for over 115,000 visitors annually in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. The multi- national company showcases multiple art forms alongside their stunning choreography, including visual art, music composition and innovative light and set designs. Since the company’s inception in 1959, NDT has built a rich repertoire of over 600 works by master choreographers such as Jiri Kylián and Hans van Manen, León & Lightfoot, associate choreographers Pite and Goecke, and high-profile guests such as Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Glen Tetley, Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier, Edward Clug, Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, and Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar. www.ndt.nl

Sol León (Córdoba, Spain) and Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) started creating as a duo for NDT over 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 over fifty ballets. 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 Ji?™í 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 studied 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 over fifty pieces for NDT. Lightfoot became NDT’s Artistic Director in 2011.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
For over 31 years and in over 400 productions, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Each performance takes place in the Guggenheim’s intimate Frank Lloyd Wright–designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Described by the New York Times as “an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson. worksandprocess.org.
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