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Architecture of the Invisible

Hofesh Shechter Clowns
Jiří Kylián Vanishing Twin
Christos Papadopoulos World premiere

Three decades of contemporary dance come together in this programme by NDT 1. NDT 1 revisits Jiří Kylián’s Vanishing Twin (2008) and Clowns by Hofesh Shechter (2016). In addition, NDT 1’s dancers present a new work by Christos Papadopoulos. A new voice for NDT, the choreographer favours a minimalist and precise language of movement.

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About the programme

Hofesh Shechter - Clowns

Clowns (2016), Hofesh Shechter's first creation for NDT, studies the complexity of being alive, of fighting for shared values, and the raw, human desire for liberation. Originally created to entertain the upper class, clowns found clever ways to express uncomfortable truths and mock society – using the stage as their defence. Just like clowns did for queens and kings in eras past, Shechter holds up a mirror to his audience, revealing the truth of life in the guise of entertainment.

With this reprise, we once again get to experience the energetic intensity of a choreography revolving around both darkness and light, as opposing but inextricably connected forces of life. Supported by Shechter's own hypnotic soundtrack, Clowns finds the perfect balance between order and chaos.

"My work is derived from a connection to what's bubbling inside, observing and feeling what goes on inside me and the world around us. The swing of the world impacts the work immensely, contaminating me and the dancers – and I want it to." - Hofesh Shechter

Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Jiří Kylián - Vanishing Twin

The darkness and unpredictable rhythms of human life are at the centre of Jiří Kylián's Vanishing Twin (2008). The work was inspired by the medical phenomenon of the same name, a rare and unusual condition in which one foetus takes over the womb at the expense of its twin, until it disappears completely. It is a poetic symbol for the darker side we all share, which we don't accept and would rather not reveal to others. Imagining all that could have been had the vanished twin survived, Kylián's choreography aptly illustrates temporariness, suppressed emotions and our efforts to leave a mark on the world.

"We don't know how much time is left for us, to be able to say whatever we need to say. We will never know the value of the statements which we have left on our small planet, how incredibly tiny they are whenever measured up against endlessness and infinity." – Jiří Kylián

Photo: Joris-Jan Bos

Christos Papadopoulos - World premiere

Christos Papadopoulos' new work explores our subtle, everyday social connections, revealing the beauty within the most profound connections that often go unnoticed. Drawing from the unadorned fabric of the human experience, the choreographer illustrates the simplicity of shared moments: the unspoken understanding between friends, silent nods of solidarity among strangers, and the quiet resilience threaded through collective struggles.

A new voice for NDT, the Greek-born choreographer favours a minimalist and precise language of movement. Through small gestures that belie an intense physicality, Papadopoulos has created an ode to the power of invisible forces and transports the audience to a mysterious space in which there is neither beginning nor end.

"My starting point is usually a single moment. A fleeting impression, something small and likely insignificant that, whether it even existed or whether I imagined it, remains resolutely inside of me. During rehearsal, the struggle begins: to trust in that small thing and call it significant." - Christos Papadopoulos

'Vanishing Twin' (2008) - Jiří Kylián. Photo (2020): Joris-Jan Bos

Performance dates

September 26 until December 17, 2024

Amare, The Hague
September 26 (premiere), 27, 28
October 1, 2
November 28, 29, 30
December 1

Practical information about your visit to Amare

Chassé Theater, Breda
October 4

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
October 8, 9, 10


Theater Rotterdam
October 12

Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen & Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, Nijmegen
December 6

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
December 10, 11

Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
December 14

Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg
December 17

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'Clowns' - Hofesh Shechter. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

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More information


This performance is danced by NDT 1.

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This performance contains 2 intermissions. At this very moment, the duration of the performance is not yet known. This page will be updated closer to the actual performances.

Introduction talks

NDT provides introduction talks prior to all performances throughout the Netherlands. In half an hour you will be introduced to the company and dive into the world of contemporary dance and NDT’s repertoire.

You will find the time and location of the introductions in Amare in the information e-mail prior to your visit. Information about the introductions in other theatres can be found on the website of the theatre in question.