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Figures in Extinction

Crystal Pite & Simon McBurney Figures in Extinction [1.0]
Simon McBurney & Crystal Pite Figures in Extinction [2.0] But then you come to the humans
Crystal Pite & Simon McBurney Wereldpremière

Simon McBurney, Artistic Director of Complicité, and NDT associate choreographer Crystal Pite create a triptych together. The award-winning Figures in Extinction [1.0] (2022) confronts us with everything dying on our planet. Part [2.0] is a searing examination of our need for connection in a separated world and premiered in 2024. The third and final work will continue this cross-disciplinary exchange.

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About the programme

NDT and Complicité present a new full-length work by Crystal Pite and Simon McBurney

We are living in an age of extinction. Can we ever hope to give a name to what we are losing? What does it mean to bear witness to a violence in which we are both perpetrator and victim? 

Across continents, choreographer Crystal Pite and Complicité Artistic Director Simon McBurney have exchanged ideas reflecting on their fears and cautious hopes for our age. Their process has drawn on a rich and surprising array of source materials: from the sound of ice caps melting to the clarion calls of climate change deniers, from scholastic lectures on the neuroscience of the brain to the cacophonous clatter of Instagram influencers.

Over a span of four years, the two world-renowned artists have created three works together for NDT 1, each developed in response to the last. Figures in Extinction [1.0] confronts us with everything that is dying on our planet, while [2.0] is a searing examination of our need for connection in a separated world. The third and final work will continue this cross-disciplinary exchange, making its world premiere in the UK in February 2025, and will offer a spark in the darkness as to where we – collectively, spiritually, and imaginatively – might go next.

“The inescapable Figures in Extinction [2.0] – but then you come to the humans by Crystal Pite and Simon McBurney shows that humanity is losing exactly that, and that this, if we don’t pay attention, will mean our downfall.” – Trouw

This is a co-production with Complicité.

Co-commissioned by Factory International.
Co-produced by Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg en Montpellier Danse


'Figures in Extinction' (2024) - Simon McBurney & Crystal Pite. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Performance dates

February 7 until  t/m March 29, 2025

Amare, Den Haag
7, 8 February*
26 (premiere) 27, 28 February
1 March

Practical information about your visit to Amare

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht 
6,7 March

Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen 
11,12 maart


Theater Rotterdam 
15,16 March

Parktheater Eindhoven
19 March

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
26,27,28,29 March

*The preview performances are try-outs. De rehearsals are still in full-swing and during the previews the work will be shared with the public for the first time. The performance will not be fully finished and can still change later. The cost for this performance will therefore be lower than the regular performances. The Dutch premiere will take place later.

'Figures in Extinction [1.0]' - Crystal Pite & Simon McBurney. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

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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.