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Nadav Zelner Bedtime Story
Micaela Taylor World premiere
Jermaine Spivey World premiere

Illuminate turns the spotlight on three young choreographers and forms the ultimate opportunity for the young dancers of NDT 2 to be exposed to different styles of movement. Micaela Taylor creates a new work, and Jermaine Spivey will further explore his Code of Conduct – originally created for Up & Coming Choreographers 2022. Besides that, NDT 2 will perform Bedtime story (2021) by Nadav Zelner. 

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About the programme

Returning to the NDT stage is Nadav Zelner’s Bedtime story (2021) that the choreographer created for the company in the height of COVID-19. “In this work it was important for me to give my dreams a stage, and to give the dreaming child that I once was a tangible expression. As we get older, we tend to abandon our dreams. We should get reacquainted with the child in us,” says Zelner. At the time of its premiere, the work was met with critical acclaim: “Zelner’s dance language is passionate, lighting fast and absolute, detailed down to the thumb,” wrote NRC.  

Micaela Taylor is a choreographer, and the Artistic Director of her company TL Collective. Trained in hip-hop and ballet, she has created her own dance genre called Expand Practice, exuding emotion from the core and creating varied physicality and textures as expressions of one’s authentic self. Taylor’s movement language has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “athletic and graceful, precise and fluid,” and one that “settles in the dichotomies.” This premiere will mark Taylor’s first ever creation for the company. 

What does participation look, feel, and sound like? How does our perception of time or ‘progress’ stimulate engagement? With the desire to support new voices, NDT has invited Jermaine Spivey to the Amare stage with an expanded version of Code of Conduct (2022), originally created for Up & Coming Choreographers 2022. “With Code of Conduct I was interested in defining physicality through choreographic and improvised structures that place the dancers in states of happening, nothing, something,” Spivey says. “The structures demand rigour, sensitivity, and responsiveness. In this way, the piece could resemble the effect(s) of this shared and internalized process.” 

Performance dates

Season 2023-2024 |  November 2 until December 21, 2023

Amare, The Hague
November 2 (première), 3, 4
November 24, 25

Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg
November 8

Wilminktheater en Muziekcentrum
November 11

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
November 14, 15, 16

De Goudse Schouwburg
November 18

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
November 21, 22

Theater de Maaspoort, Venlo
November 28

Schouwburg Amstelveen
November 30


Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen
December 3

Theater Rotterdam
December 7, 8

Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem
December 9

Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
December 12

TAQA Theater de Vest, Alkmaar
December 16

SPOT Groningen
December 19

Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen & Concertgebouw De Vereeniging
December 21

'Bedtime Story' by Nadav Zelner. Portrayed: dancers NDT 2. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Educational activities


NDT organizes introduction talks prior to the performances of NDT 1 and NDT 2 in the Netherlands. The introduction talk takes 30 minutes and offers the opportunity the audience to meet our company on a personal level before the performance starts. Modern dance and the repertoire of NDT in particular are the focus of our introduction talks.

You can read more information in the information e-mail you receive the day before your visit to Amare, or via the website of the theater in question where you are visiting the NDT performance


We started a new dance project for children between 8 and 14 years old: NDT Young Creatives. Dance experience is not required, but you do need enthousiasm to create and perform! Wondering if there will also be a workshop around this programme? Check it out via the link below.

More information

Foto: Sacha Grootjans

'Code of Conduct' by Jermaine Spivey. Portrayed dancers NDT2. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos