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In the Dutch Mountains

Marco Goecke Full-evening world premiere

Marco Goecke is viewed as one of the most unique choreographic voices today. His distinct style explores the boundaries of dance, making it quintessentially his own. Since 2008, he has been creating for Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). In the Dutch Mountains will mark Goecke’s first full-length creation for the company. 

Artists of NDT 1. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

A full length evening by Marco Goecke

With In the Dutch Mountains Goecke contemplates the absurdities of life and questions our sense of belonging, familiarity and becoming. For this, Goecke finds inspiration in a variety of sources, among which are Cees Nooteboom’s fictitious novel ‘In de Bergen van Nederland’ (In the Dutch Mountains), as well as the 1987 song ‘In the Dutch Mountains’ by Dutch band Nits, that act as a backdrop to the choreographer’s strong artistic connections to the Netherlands: “The ways in which my life has always led me back to the Netherlands, is striking. I keep being drawn back to this country, again and again.”

Goecke joined NDT as an associate choreographer in 2013. An appointment he will extend for another four years as of 2023. Over the years, he created several works for both NDT 1 and NDT 2, including Nichts (2008), Thin Skin (2015), Midnight Raga (2017) The Big Crying (2021), and I love you, ghosts (2022). Goecke has received several awards, of which most recently the Jiří Kylián Ring. As of season 2019-2020 Goecke became the Artistic director of the State Ballet Hannover.

NDT is excited to dive deeper into a process with this extraordinary maker and curious about what it will creatively bring to us as a company and our audiences.

Statement incident Marco Goecke

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) deeply regrets the incident between Marco Goecke and a reviewer from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)  that took place in Staatstheater Hannover recently, in which Marco violated the personal integrity of the individual concerned. This action is contrary to our values that we hold as guiding principles in all our collaborations. NDT also values the journalistic freedom of reviewers.

Read our full statement regarding the incident here.

Performance dates

Season 2022-2023 | February 9 t/m March 5 2023

Amare, Den Haag – Accompanied live by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra.
February 9, 10, 11
March 3, 4, 5

Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
February 16


SPOT Groningen
February 19

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht 
February 23, 24, 25

Parktheater Eindhoven 
February 28

This programme will accompanied live by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra when seen in Amare, The Hague.

Video on demand

Besides a series of performances in a number of Dutch theatres, we are also bringing the programme In the Dutch Mountains to you! We will make the performance available online, so you can also enjoy this performance at home.

The performance will be filmed in Amare. In the weekend of February 24 to 26, we then offer our (international) fans and anyone who is unable to visit NDT in the theatre the opportunity to watch the brand new work online via video on demand. During this weekend, you can buy access to the performance directly online, then you will have 24 hours to watch it.

Mark this weekend in your calendar! More information will follow via our social media channels and

Chuck Jones. Photo: Rahi Rezvani


In 2013 Marco Goecke (Germany) joined NDT as an associate choreographer. For the company, he created many choreographies in this period. His Midnight Raga (2017) earned him the Zwaan for ‘most impressive dance production’. As of season 2019-2020 Goecke leads the ballet direction at State Opera Hannover.


Emmitt Cawley. Photo: Rahi Rezvani


Nicole Ward. Photo: Rahi Rezvani
Aram Hasler. Photo: Rahi Rezvani
Luca Tessarini. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

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Introduction talks

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.

Made possible by

Mrs Ettjen Modderman most enjoyed dance performances accompanied by live classical music. In accordance with her wishes, part of her legacy will be spent on preparing and performing the musical accompaniment for this production In the Dutch Mountains.

Charlie Skuy. Photo: Rahi Rezvani