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Falling into Shadow

Johan Inger Walking Mad
Botis Seva World premiere
Marco Goecke Wir sagen uns Dunkles

The NDT 2 dancers bring Wir Sagen uns Dunkles (2017) by associate choreographer Marco Goecke back to stage. In addition, NDT 2 performs Johan Inger’s Walking Mad, originally created for NDT 1 in 2001, and a new work by Botis Seva. Seva, founder of company Far From The Norm, works within the realm of hip-hop, physical theatre and contemporary dance and is a new voice for NDT. 

Part of this programme will be accompanied live by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra at the performances in The Hague.

All 24 shows

About the programme

Johan Inger – Walking Mad

Moving to the increasingly frantic speed of its score, Walking Mad (2001) by Johan Inger takes us through the various stages between madness and violence. Inspired by an old television recording of a famous conductor's increasingly frenzied performance conducting the bolero, Johan Inger shows us the complicated relationship between men and women and within ourselves. 

By placing a moving wall at centre stage, Inger breaks up the minimalism of the bolero into different physical spaces. The wall illustrates the boundaries we create in our relationships, in our minds, and the fragile barrier between sanity and insanity. Originally created for the dancers of NDT 1, we are excited to now bring it to NDT 2. 

"The wall, apart from the music, was the starting point of Walking Mad. If I was to make something special with it, I had to have it in the studio from day one. I wanted to make it into the tenth member of the cast." - Johan Inger 

Botis Seva – World premiere

How do we keep making art amidst negative feedback, when the more you create, the more is said about you? The expressive new work of Botis Seva, founder of Far From The Norm, revolves around the role of criticism and our response to it in the process of creation. 

A new voice for NDT, Seva is at home in the realms of hip-hop, physical theatre and contemporary dance, and continuously reinvents his approach to dance and creativity. His experiments with form, structure and theatrics result in an intricate and emotional language of movement.  

"As humans and as artists, we must go back to the real reason we started making work and move away from caring about what someone says. Instead, we should focus on the bigger purpose: I believe we are here to shine a light in the darkness of the world." - Botis Seva 

Marco Goecke – Wir sagen uns Dunkles

In the returning Wir sagen uns Dunkles (2017), associate choreographer Marco Goecke provides a glimpse into the unique world of the studio where choreographer and dancer meet, and stories arise from indescribable energies. The questions and answers that arise from these encounters shape Goecke's works, translating the ineffable into a powerfully choreographed collection of contrasts.  

The work exudes a restless vibration, in which the body is surrendered to intoxicating tremolos, resembling the flutter of butterfly wings. The fast-moving virtuoso dancers effortlessly communicate in Goecke's language, gesticulate in peculiar ways, weave their steps through the music, and let the audience experience a sensation of both attraction and disquiet.

"I have never been inspired in my life. I just go into the studio with everything I am and have experienced. And then I always come up with something. Everything arises from energies that you can't even describe – maybe that's what you call creativity." - Marco Goecke 

Photo: Rahi Rezvani

'Wir sagen uns Dunkles' - Marco Goecke. Photo: Rahi Rezvani
'Walking Mad' - Johan Inger. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Performance dates

March 27 until June 7, 2025

Amare, The Hague
March 27 (premiere), 28, 29
April 23, 24, 25

Practical information about your visit to Amare

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
April 2, 3, 4

Theater de Maaspoort, Venlo
April 10

Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch
April 11

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
April 15, 16

Chassé Theater, Breda
April 17

Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem
April 18

Schouwburg Amstelveen
April 22


Parktheater Eindhoven
May 23

Flint Amersfoort
May 24

Zwolse Theaters, Zwolle
May 28

De Harmonie, Leeuwarden
May 29

Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen & Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, Nijmegen
May 31

Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg
June 4

Theater Rotterdam
June 5

Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen
June 7

'Wir sagen uns Dunkles' - Marco Goecke. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

More information


This performance is danced by NDT 2.

See an overview of all NDT 2 dancers


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.

Part of this programme will be accompanied live by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra at the performances in The Hague.