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Settle for More

Bryan Arias Epoch
Hans van Manen Simple Things
Marco Goecke Midnight Raga
Felix Landerer The whys and wherefores are elusive

The performances in this programme have taken place in season 2018-2019.

Settle for More shows a wealth of powerful pieces and choreographers that, whatever the moment in their career or seasonality, proof that groundbreaking work can be reached at any stage. Both Bryan Arias and Felix Landerer, young dancers and remarkable choreographers, will create their first ever piece for NDT 2. These pieces will be joined by the critically acclaimed Midnight Raga (2017) by associate choreographer  Marco Goecke for which he received the prestigious Zwaan (Swan) award for best production, and the dynamic quartet Simple Things (2001) by maestro Hans van Manen.

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Performance dates

Season 2018-2019 | March 7 until June 27, 2019: The Hague, Eindhoven, Venlo, Amstelveen, Dordrecht, Tilburg, Leeuwarden, Den Bosch, Arnhem, Enschede, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Breda, Maastricht, Alkmaar and Rotterdam

Programme order

The whys and wherefores are elusive – Felix Landerer
Simple Things – Hans van Manen
Midnight Raga – Marco Goecke
Epoch – Bryan Arias

Duration: approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes, including 2 intermissions

In this programme

The whys and wherefores are elusive – Felix Landerer 

“A state of emergency. Loss of orientation and loss of sensation.
Disconnection from an environment we can influence
and which has a physical influence upon us.”
– Felix Landerer

It is a pleasure to follow these amazingly flexible bends, torsions and stretches in inventive sequences or in surprising poses, just off-balance.

On The whys and wherefores are elusive
Simple Things – Hans van Manen

Hans van Manen created this dynamic quartet in 2001 for the young dancers of NDT 2. It is a wondrous, seemingly natural creation for two pairs. The ballet opens and closes with a powerful duet for two men, where one watches while the other dances. In between they dance several pas-de-deux with two women, expressing in movement the relationships between two people. In this ballet Van Manen reveals himself as a master of simplicity.

Hans van Manens Simple Things is pure dance art.

Leidsch Dagblad
On Simple Things
Midnight Raga – Marco Goecke

“Goecke combines a deep midnight blue with his piece Midnight Raga, the title of which hearkens back to classical Indian music. The raga is a basic melodic structure which often emotionally suits a particular time of day. Usually, Goecke does not begin a piece with music. This time it is different: the Indian music by Ravi Shankar is the starting point. The choreographer liked both the Indian mysticism and the “freaky” quality of the music. He was also excited by the idea of using Indian music without resorting to elements of Indian dance at all.” Dramaturge Nadja Kadel

Midnight Raga is intense and groteske. The dancers shake nervously, either solo or together.  

On Midnight Raga
Epoch – Bryan Arias

Epoch is by definition an event or a time marked by the beginning of a new period or development. While contemplating on our global political and climate concerns, the work attempts to interrogate power while reflecting on contemporary anxieties. By visualizing superheroes in an abstracted “real world” it aims to deconstruct the hero concept and questions our trust in those of power. Epoch therefore, is about the cyclical nature of history and raises concerns about those who trust in heroes and leaders to guard the world’s fate.
Bryan Arias

Arias’ choreography is refreshing but at the same time bleak. Through dance, he makes sense of the current state of the world. And that is not a nice place to live in.

Leidsch Dagblad
On Epoch

The dancers on 'Settle for More'

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Ève-Marie Dalcourt.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Fay van Baar.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Amanda Mortimore
ève-marie dalcourt on the whys and wherefores are elusive

“To be present, whole, and honest is what defines the word integrity; integrity is what defines Felix’s work and Felix himself. Not once have I entered one of his rehearsals without feeling genuinely excited and grateful for the time we were sharing together. It offered me a new vision of what pure art can and should be- to express and experience all at once, devoid of judgement or ego. The unconditional trust that exists between Felix and his dancers helps us create and develop movement that reflects this. He gives us the space to grow and experiment endlessly within the frame of his physicality. It’s a beautiful journey to venture into, every time.”

fay van baar on epoch

“Creating with Brian has been such an incredibly fulfilling process. He really managed to open up the doors to the dancers creativity by giving us a very fun concept inspired by the Watchmen comic books. It is amazing to receive material and feel like you have the freedom to use your own imagination. Because of this freedom, we become more than dancers; we are super heroes, all lost in our own imaginative world.”

amanda mortimore on simple things

“In my eyes, Simple Things is considered to be a root of history within the second company of NDT. Not only has it given me the opportunity to enjoy the grandeur of dancing, but also experience the magic of complexity within simplicity. With Van Manen’s work, I have found that striving to master the subtle details requires a delicate sense of awareness and this is what elevates exquisite technique into a timeless work of art.”

Programme booklet & Music

Programme booklet (NDT 2 | Settle for More)