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NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER 2 kicks off 2019 U.S. tour at New York City Center, Jan. 16-19

by Helene Davis
December 28, 2018
New York City Center
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Nederlands Dans Theater 2 will kick off its 2019 U.S. tour with a program of four works at New York City Center, running January 16 – 19, 2019. The program features a New York premiere and a repertoire favorite by house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, and American premieres by associate choreographer Marco Goecke and Edward Clug.

Nederlands Dans Theater, under the Artistic Direction of Paul Lightfoot, is one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies. In 1978, NDT 2 was founded to develop young talent for the main company. Since then, NDT 2 has developed into an independent company with its very own repertory, now under the artistic direction of Fernando Hernando Magadan. Following the success of NDT’s 2016 engagement at City Center, NDT 2 will kick-off their US tour with an exciting program of established and new pieces.

Wir sagen uns Dunkles (Darkness Spoken)
Wir sagen uns Dunkles (2017), an explosive American premiere by NDT associate choreographer Marco Goecke, dramatizes the complexities of encounters between dancer and choreographer and features music by Franz Schubert, Alfred Schnittke and the British rock band Placebo.

Marco Goecke, an associate choreographer with NDT since 2013, made his first choreographic work in 2000. His latest works for the company are Hello Earth, Thin Skin, Woke up Blind, Midnight Raga, and Wir sagen uns Dunkles (2017), nominated for a Benois de la Danse in 2018. Goecke’s work is performed by dance companies worldwide.

Sad Case
Sad Case (1998) was created when Sol León was seven months pregnant with their daughter and acts as one of the main pillars of León & Lightfoot’s oeuvre. Surprising, playful and earthly movements set to Mexican mambo music show a continual search for the tension between satirical and classic moments.

Sol León (Spain) and Paul Lightfoot (England) started creating as a duo for Nederlands Dans Theater in 1989. In 2002 they were appointed house choreographers for NDT and have created over fifty ballets for the company. Their many works include Step Lightly (1991); Softly, as I Leave You (1994); Shoot the Moon (2006); Spiritwalking (2014); Shut Eye (2016); and most recently, Subtle Dust (2018).

mutual comfort
mutual comfort (2015), an American premiere choreographed by Edward Clug, is a detailed and sharply defined work. The four dancers’ bodies flick and jerk so extremely and frequently that it can be interpreted as punctuation; a certain acknowledgment of the beat. Clug emphasizes personal experiences that arises from the process of creation, led by illuminating human contradictions and surprising moments of beauty and spontaneous irony.

Romanian choreographer Edward Clug, artistic director of the Slovenian Maribor Ballet, has created works for Stuttgart Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and other companies around the world. He received international acclaim with his piece Radio and Juliet (2005), set to the music of Radiohead.

SH-BOOM! (1994), a New York premiere choreographed by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, combines humor with irony and expresses how people from different backgrounds conduct and relate to one another. Inspired by Francisco de Goya’s satirical black & white sketches, SH-BOOM! masterfully intertwines the dark side (irony) and the light side (humor).

Nederlands Dans Theater, under the Artistic Direction of Paul Lightfoot since 2011, 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. NDT2 gives sixteen classically trained dancers (between the ages of 17 and 23) a chance to develop their artistic personalities during a three-year trajectory. NDT 1 consists of 28 dancers (varying in age between 24 and 38 years old), 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 150,000 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. www.ndt.nl

Nederlands Dans Theater’s engagement at New York City Center will run Wednesday, January 16 – Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8 pm. Tickets start at $25 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).
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