Nederlands Dans Theater


From its home base in The Hague, Nederlands Dans Theater makes contemporary dance which every year tens of thousands of people from all over the world come to enjoy. The company is led by artistic director Paul Lightfoot and consists of two groups: Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Nederlands Dans Theater 2, together good for 160 performances a year at home and abroad. Thanks to Nederlands Dans Theater’s quality, the dance company has been one of the most important figureheads of Dutch art abroad for years. Read more on the annual report and our ANBI registration.

NDT abroad

Shortly after its founding, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) broke through internationally with innovative performances in Paris. It was in 1963 that the company performed in the current Théâtre de Ville pieces by Hans van Manen, Glen Tetley and Ben Harkarvy. The enthused audience included the director of the Empire Theatre in Sutherland, who immediately booked NDT for that winter. A flux of positive reviews in the British press resulted in an invite from the famous dance stage Sadler's Wells in London.

The next highlight was the tour to Jacob Pillow’s Festival, nearby New York. For two weeks NDT performed in a sold out wooden theater in the forests of Berkshire Hills. The tour received raving reviews in the New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune. These early successes set the tone for NDT's leading position in the international world of contemporary dance .

The main company NDT 1 as well as the junior company NDT 2 tour each season ​​to prestigious theaters and festivals in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

“Unpredictable NDT is memorably modern”

“If you see only one live performance this year… Nederlands Dans Theater is the one to see.”

“The juniors already have their own, significant style, full of vigor, extraordinary flexibility and exceptional passion. The group impresses by strength, cogency and talent.”

In the current season 13/14 NDT 1 tours to: Los Angeles & Berkeley, Paris, Baden Baden, London and Hamburg. And NDT 2 to: Viersen, Afschaffenburg, Bad Homburg, Bregenz, Edinburgh, Marseille, Rome and Kalamata in Greece.

Next season 14/15 NDT 1 will perform in China, Luxemburg and Spain. And NDT 2 in: Sweden, Norway, Germany, United States and France.