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Dare to Say


Dare to Say

Alexander Ekman world premiere
Dimo Milev world premiere

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In continuation of our season 2020-2021, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is very excited to present the second programme, performed by NDT 2. Dare to Say presents two world premieres by two distinctive makers. Alexander Ekman and Dimo Milev challenge the dancers of the second company in their new creations with different approaches to movement and choreography adapted to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.

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about the programme

After his own dance career, former NDT 2 dancer Alexander Ekman (Sweden, 1984) decided to focus exclusively on choreography in which he portrays a clever and percussive approach to movement and a special gift for staging. Ekman often composes the music and develops the stage designs for his choreographies. His latest work for NDT, FIT, was created for NDT 2 in the 2018-2019 season.
After a full and rich career with several companies including Compañía Nacional de Danza and working with choreographers by the likes of William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin and Hans van Manen, choreographer Dimo Milev (Bulgaria, 1976) has developed a very distinctive movement quality that flows organically and is often rooted in close intimacy. He previously worked with NDT 2 for Up & Coming Choreographers in 2019. For his piece for Dare to Say Milev will be collaborating with composer Miguelangel Clerc Parada. The work marks his first creation for NDT’s regular programming.

The evening will be accompanied live by musicians of the Dutch Ballet Orchestra.

Performances and live streams

The programs in the first part of the season (September to December 2020) have been adapted to the current measures around COVID-19. All rehearsals and performances are performed according to the set guidelines. We would like to welcome you back in the theatres, albeit in much smaller audience numbers than usual to guarantee the one and a half meter measure for everyone; and online in our digital theatre, via a live stream that you can watch in your own living room. For both options, it is by no means a diluted theatre experience. The dancers and support teams make every effort to make your visit to one of the performances in our theatres or online as special and inspiring as possible. After all, that is what you expect from us!

Tickets for these live streams can be ordered for €15. You will then see the full performance live, including introduction, in your own living room!

More info about the live streams

Performance dates

Season 2020-2021
November 6 until December 19, 2020

November 6, 7 & 8 | 20:00
Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague

November 12 | 20:00
Parktheater Eindhoven

November 14 | 20:15
SPOT Groningen

November 17 | 20:15
Theater De Maaspoort, Venlo

November 19 | 20:00
Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen

November 21 | 20:00
Wilminktheater Enschede

November 24 | 20:15
Theaters Tilburg

November 27 & 28 | 20:00
Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague

Season 2020-2021
November 6 until December 19, 2020

November 30, December 1 & 2 | 20:00
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

December 8 | 20:00
Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht

December 10 | 20:15
Stadsschouwburg Haarlem

December 12 | 20:00
Schouwburg Amstelveen

December 13 | 20:15
Flint, Amersfoort

December 16 | 20:00
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

December 17 | 20:15
TAQA Theater de Vest, Alkmaar

December 19 | 20:15
Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden

Data live streams: 6 nov, 7 nov, 8 nov
The first three performances in the Zuiderstrandtheater will be broadcast live on the NDT website. 

In this performance

world premiere – ALEXANDER EKMAN

Alexander Ekman (Sweden) began his career as a choreographer when he was still dancing with NDT 2. Before that he danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet and the Cullberg Ballet. For NDT, Ekman created the international hit Cacti (2010, nominated for the VSCD Zwaan Award 2010), Left Right Left Right (2012), Maybe Two (2013), Definitely Two (2013) and FIT (2018), among others. Ekman is an acclaimed choreographer worldwide and created for many other companies, such as the Göteberg Ballet and the Ballet de l’Ópera de Paris.

Ekman is always well thought through in his approach. No matter how short the title sounds, he never takes the implementation of a concept lightly. At first glance, his performances are light in tone, but at the same time they are clever and multi-layered.

Theaterkrant on FIT
world premiere – dimo milev

Dimo Milev (Bulgaria) studied at the National Ballet School of Sofia. He has danced works by William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Hans van Manen, Mats Ek, Wim Vandekeybus and Jiří Kylián for various dance companies, among which Compañia Nacional de Danza. Since 2009, he works as a freelance dancer and choreographer. Milev made a new creation for NDT 2 for the first time in Up & Coming Choreographers in 2019, Arpeggios, flowers and some manoeuvres. He will create new work for the regular programming of NDT 2 this season.