In 1978, NDT founded a junior division to feed the main company with young talent. During three years, NDT 2 prepares sixteen classically trained dancers from around the world for NDT 1. Both companies are celebrated as two of the world’s sleekest, most distinctive dance ensembles.
NDT 2’s varied repertoire consists of work by established choreographers as well as upcoming stars, 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 upcoming choreographers, provides the dancers with the opportunity to learn to react to contemporary music and art. The artists learn to translate today’s reality into creations reflecting the 21st century Zeitgeist.
NDT contributes to various art forms along with the choreography by involving visual art, music composition, and innovative light and set designs, all the while developing new talent. At NDT’s home base in The Hague, all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to let the future of dance take shape.
“NDT 2 is a distinct phenomenon, and phenomenal” - THE INDEPENDENT
“A night of superlatives: the youth arm of the famed NDT makes a stunning debut (…) it’s ranks are filled with prodigiously talented dancers”- THE STRAITS TIMES
“The dancers are beautifully articulated, knife-edge virtuosi, with an assurance that belies their youth.” DANCING TIMES
“The juniors already have their own, significant style, full of vigor, extraordinary flexibility and exceptional passion. The group impresses by strength, cogency and talent.” LE QUOTIDIEN
“Every time NDT 2 hits our stages, the usual superlatives fall flat in speechless admiration at 16 dancers, who can handle anything the top-ranking choreographers care to task them with.” -THE HERALD
NDT 2 in NYC
Last February, we followed four NDT 2 dancers during part of their US tour. All four of them studied at Juilliard, one of the most prestigious schools for the performing arts in New York City. We go back to this special place where their dance career took flight and with which NDT shares a special history, and take a look at the preparations for the NDT 2 performances at the Joyce Theater. This summer the company returns to the US for the 2015 Jacob's Pillow Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.
Want to learn more about NDT 2 and our development of young dance talent? In August sixty dance talents from all over the world will come to The Hague for an intensive summer course. Read about the NDT Summer Intensive here.
NDT 2 in New York City (Feb, 2015)