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Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal in collaboration with DRIFT World premiere - The Point Being
Tao Ye World premiere - 15
Marco Goecke I love you, ghosts

In/with/in is a triptych of works in which different creators usher in season 2023-2024 with their diverse artistic ideas, prevailing crossovers between dance, visual art, design and music. NDT 1 will dance a world premiere created by a new face to the company, Tao Ye. The choreographic duo Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal will also create a new work in collaboration with DRIFT. The evening is concluded with I love you, ghosts (2022) by Marco Goecke.

About the programme

What happens when multiple, seemingly unrelated events collide? How do they overlap as one breathable entity that consistently morphs into new ways of being? Inspired by spaces that actively engage with an audience, Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal explore the idea of synchronicity in The Point Being, their new work for NDT 1. By supporting emerging voices and new types of creative partnerships the choreographic duo is coupled with renowned Dutch design firm DRIFT founded by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta in 2007. DRIFT specializes in choreographed sculptures and kinetic installations and will develop the set design for this new work.

Tao Ye, choreographer and founder of the TAO Dance Theater will debut 15  a new work with NDT and his first ever creation for an external company. For the choreographer, the act of repetition as a ritual of the natural sequence of the body progresses into, as he describes, “a state that is pure and minimal.” Tao Ye works in numerical form, marking this the fifteenth creation within his oeuvre, that he will be creating in close collaboration with the dancers of NDT 1 and renowned composer Xiao He.

I love you, ghosts (2022) by Marco Goecke was the choreographer’s first creation in the then recently opened Amare. Impressed by the grandeur of the new building, it simultaneously evoked memories of the old rehearsal rooms of the Lucent Danstheater, and the many impressions that remained even after that theatre’s demolition. “What may have happened to the good house spirits? Have they also moved to the new building?”, Nadja Kadel, Marco Goecke’s dramaturg, writes. In the work, nine dancers go in search of those ghosts through Goecke’s quintessential movement language as familiar gestures from earlier spaces and earlier pieces, like protective ghosts.

'The Point Being' - Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal. Dancers: Thalia Crymble, artists NDT 1. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

The world premiere by Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal is in collaboration with DRIFT.

Tao Ye’s new production is co-sponsored by Ammodo.

The new production by Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal in collaboration with DRIFT is co-sponsored by Ammodo, Fonds 21 and Zabawas

'15' van Tao Ye. Dancers: artists NDT 1. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Performance dates

Season 2023-2024 | September 21 until November 10, 2023

Amare, The Hague
September 21 (premiere), 22, 23
October 6, 7

Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg
September 27

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
October 3, 4


Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen & Concertgebouw De Vereeniging
November 2

Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam
November 4, 5

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
November 8, 9, 10

More about the programme

We are excited that choreographer duo Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal, former NDT dancers, is returning to the company to create a new creation for NDT 1.

Siblings Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal (The Netherlands) – both former NDT dancers – debuted with their creation LiNK for the talent development programme Up & Coming Choreographers in 2014. After that the created multiple works for NDT: for Up & Coming Choreographers 2015 they made the work John Doe and season 2016-2017 marked their choreographic debut for the regular programme of NDT 2 with The Grey (2017). They created their highly praised first work for NDT 1, Take Root (2019), in season 2018-2019, which was awarded with a nomination for a Dutch ‘Zwaan’ for ‘most impressive dance production’. In 2020, both decided to fully focus on choreography. For NDT 1, they then created Baby don’t hurt me in 2021.

'Baby don't hurt me' - Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal. Dancers: Boston Gallacher, NDT 1. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Together with dramaturge Fabienne Vegt, these two young makers (…) created a solid choreography, which touches not only because you see dancers exuberantly being themselves, with lipstick, dress and earrings, but also because the collective celebrates this liberation theatrically with clever costumes, contorted faces and cleverly orchestrated skips with high knees.

de Volkskrant
about Baby don’t hurt me (2021)

Educational activities

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

NDT Young Creatives

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

Photo: Sacha Grootjans