June 13, 2019 Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
As part of the state visit (June 12-14), the Kingdom of The Netherlands present Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on June 13th. The one-off event marks the first time NDT performs in Dublin. The program presents award winning works by house choreographers León & Lightfoot, associate choreographer Marco Goecke and Maestro Hans van Manen.

A unique occasion for dance lovers in Dublin!


Doors open: 18.45 u

NDT 2 performs:
Signing Off
- Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Midnight Raga - Marco Goecke
Simple Things - Hans van Manen

About NDT

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies, under artistic guidance of house choreographer Paul Lightfoot. The Dutch troupe is based in The Hague, but performs on a yearly basis for an international audience of approximately 150.000 visitors in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. Since its foundation in 1959, this rebellious, pioneering company has built a rich repertoire of over 650 ballets.

In 1978, NDT founded a second division. Initially brought to life to feed the first company with young talent, NDT 2 has grown into its full autonomous potential with its own, distinctive repertoire over the years. In September 2018, Fernando Hernando Magadan was appointed Artistic Leader of NDT 2, a former NDT 2 and NDT 1 dancer himself.


Paul Lightfoot
Sol León
Marco Goecke
Hans van Manen


Signing Off - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Signing Off (2003) is a heart-rending ballet about saying goodbye, to the Concerto for violin and orchestra by Philip Glass. Pure expression and virtuosity, with flashing movements integrated into elegant long lines. The set is part of the cast and provides a terrifyingly beautiful closing image, in which two female dancers are swallowed up by billowing black silk sheets.

Midnight Raga - Marco Goecke
“Goecke combines a deep midnight blue with his piece Midnight Raga, the title of which hearkens back to classical Indian music. The raga is a basic melodic structure which often emotionally suits a particular time of day. Usually, Goecke does not begin a piece with music. This time it is different: the Indian music by Ravi Shankar is the starting point. The choreographer liked both the Indian mysticism and the “freaky” quality of the music. He was also excited by the idea of using Indian music without resorting to elements of Indian dance at all.” Dramaturge Nadja Kadel

Winner Dutch Swan Award 2017!

Simple Things - Hans van Manen
Hans van Manen created this dynamic quartet in 2001 for the young dancers of NDT 2. It is a wondrous, seemingly natural creation for two pairs. The ballet opens and closes with a powerful duet for two men, where one watches while the other dances. In between they dance several pas-de-deux with two women, expressing in movement the relationships between two people. In this ballet Van Manen reveals himself as a master of simplicity.

tickets €25