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Separate Ways

Sol León & Paul Lightfoot Shut Eye
Hofesh Shechter Clowns

The performances in this programme have taken place in season 2015-2016. 

Separate Ways promises to be an exciting programme consisting entirely of new pieces by Hofesh Shechter (Clowns) and Sol León and Paul Lightfoot (Shut Eye). The British-Israeli Shechter is regarded as one of Britain’s most acclaimed choreographers. León and Lightfoot will show their first new creation since their anniversary performance 25 Years Leon & Lightfoot for NDT 2 in the fall of 2014 (Shut Eye). León and Lightfoot have been a creative duo since 1989 and are NDT’s house choreographers since 2002. In 2008 Shechter founded the Hofesh Shechter Company and in season 2013/2014 presented a double bill at NDT with Uprising / In your rooms. For Separate Ways, Shechter will have his creative debut at NDT (Clowns).

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Programme order

Shut Eye – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Clowns – Hofesh Shechter

Duration: 1 hours and 55 minutes, including 1 intermission

Performance dates

Season 2015-2016 | April 28 – June 7, 2016
The Hague, Arnhem, Amsterdam, Den Bosch, Tilburg, Eindhoven, Groningen, Utrecht

In this performance

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'Shut Eye' by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot. Dancers: Meng-ke Wu, Jorge Nozal.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'Shut Eye' by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot. Dancers: Marne van Opstal, Myrthe van Opstal.

In Shut Eye, house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have captured their innovative poetic approach towards contemporary dance once again. The piece expresses a world full of fantasy, that carries symbolic meanings behind the dynamic use of black and white, the respective light and shadow. Shut Eye offers the spectator a glimpse into a surrealistic world that asks the question: is what we see limited by our senses or is it conditioned by how we let our brain manipulate the image through our emotions?


In their 27 years as a choreographic duo, Sol León (Córdoba, Spain) and Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) have built a rich repertoire of over fifty ballets that shows a wide range of compelling pieces that, however diverse, share a strong, innovative, artistic voice. As NDT’s house choreographers since 2002, the artistic voyage of both choreographers and their partnership, is a celebration of their idiosyncratic style and their inexhaustible work ethic. By doing so they have given colour to the company as one that is not afraid to take artistic risks and that pushes the boundaries of creativity, highlighting NDT as one of the best modern dance companies on national and international level. Together León and Lightfoot have won prestigious awards, such as the Benois de la Danse, the Herald Archangel and a Zwaan award. Shut Eye marks their first new creation for NDT 1 since 2014. Shut Eye is dedicated to Georgi Milev.

Flashy, brilliant and with a large reservoir of melancholy.

on Shut Eye
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'Clowns' by Hofesh Shechter.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'Clowns' by Hofesh Shechter. Dancers: Chloé Albaret, ensemble.

….In that City
Where ways are lost
Clown turn into King
Prophet turn to clown….
– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass



Clowns is Hofesh Shechter’s (Jerusalem, Israel) first creation for NDT 1. The Israeli, London-based Shechter is considered one of the UK’s most exciting choreographers and composers who’s pieces often address matters of war, terrorism and politics through the medium of dance and movement. He is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells in London, and in 2008, he founded the international touring Hofesh Shechter Company. Shechter’s works have been taken into the repertory and commissioned by the likes of many UK and international dance companies including Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), Carte Blanche Dance Company (Norway), Bern Ballett (Switzerland), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), CandoCo (UK), Sadler’s Wells (UK), The Place (UK) and the Southbank Centre (UK).

Hofesh Schechter tightly grabs the audience from the first second, only to never let go. Clowns is scary good.

on Clowns

Programme booklet & Music

Programme booklet (NDT 1 | Separate Ways)