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Sierra Oscar Foxtrot Tango

SWAY Medhi Walerski
Little song Yoann Bourgeois
Sara Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar
Wir sagen uns Dunkles Marco Goecke

Sierra Oscar Foxtrot Tango presents a surprising mix of four contrasting choreographical voices, challenging the young dancers of NDT 2. For over a decade, Medhi Walerski danced with NDT before he fully committed to choreographing, and he will create a new work for NDT 2 in this programme. This world premiere will be joined by the critically acclaimed Wir sagen uns Dunkles (2017) by associate choreographer Marco Goecke. Additionally, Sara (2013) by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar returns to the NDT stage. The duo will work together with NDT 2 on a renewed version of their mysterious work. And French choreographer Yoann Bourgeois will show his new Little song, an expanded version of Fugue Table (2010); a piece in which imperceptibly navigates between physics and poetry, dance and acrobatics.

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Programme order

SWAY – Medhi Walerski
Sara – Eyal & Behar
Little song – Yoann Bourgeois
Wir sagen uns Dunkles – Marco Goecke

Duration (expected): 2 hours and 10 minutes

Performance dates

Season 2019-2020 | November 1 – December 20, 2019
The Hague, Eindhoven, Gouda, Arnhem, Den Bosch, Tilburg, Amsterdam, Groningen, Venlo, Maastricht, Zwolle, Utrecht, Alkmaar, Amstelveen, Amersfoort and Haarlem

In this performance

SWAY – Medhi Walerski

“Hope, the thing that inspires us and can sing within chaos, that can be heard despite the noises of the height of the storm, the thing difficult to disturb even in the most challenging circumstances, the thing that shifts, flutters and changes with us as we sway along, the thing that resides in each and every one of us.” – Medhi Walerski

In Sway [Medhi Walerski] succeeds in providing his flexible variation of duets and groupwork with a layer of mystery.

over SWAY
Little song – Yoann Bourgeois

“This tune that you have in your mind, they are feelings running through a railway. You are hearing its cruel mechanics. It will end up, you know it, by compartmentalising you. And then at last, you will forget everything. But don’t forget -Love- that all ends look alike. And not to miss your connection, sing.

Choreographic poem, Little song arises a multitude of theatrical situations where two characters become turn after turn the other’s object. A score of an extreme precision make signs sparkle within a virtuous dexterity of gesture that are speeding up towards their own end.” – Yoann Bourgeois

Little Song was one of the funniest and most innovative things I have seen on a stage for a long while.”

Arts Talk Magazine
over Little song

Sara was created in 2013 and has been composed for NDT 2 especially. The choreography revolves around memories, dreams, emotions, inspiration, loneliness, sorrow, and sharing. “It springs from the subconscious, but is very humane at the same time”, says choreographer Sharon Eyal. The mysterious dream world originates fully from the creators’ feelings and intuitions. Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have been an innovative pair in the contemporary dance world for years. For this creation for NDT 2 they worked with long term collaborator and musician Ori Lichtik. In these multi-disciplinary efforts movement, sound and lighting stand side by side, creating pieces that exceed the borders of ‘traditional’ contemporary dance and turn all the elements into equal protagonists.

The piece Sara is extremely beautiful, yet mysterious.

about Sara

“Marco Goecke’s creation for NDT 2 begins with encounters in the studio between the choreographer and the dancers. Their meetings appear unimportant, yet simultaneously they are more important than anything else; young, naughty and evil, playful and punky. “Today, my feelings belong to the dancers, more than ever before”, says Goecke. A blink of the eye, a glance, a seemingly fleeting gesture. Just a moment or a story? What remains is a tear on an eyelash that is fanned away. How do we get closer? A butterfly that remains a second before it flies away. The sounds of Schubert and Schnittke meet those of Placebo, The Swan Song and Song To Say Goodbye. Then there are the rattling pants, its sound interfering with the music. Goecke: “The dancers understand me immediately. There is no limit, they want to be challenged.” They move fast, virtuoso, gesticulate in peculiar ways, unconscious yet self-assured, and – whether solo, in a pas de deux or larger group – they communicate in Goecke’s language, as if they had never learned another. Darkness Spoken, without words.” – Nadja Kadel

What a fascinating piece yet again.

aboutWir sagen uns Dunkles

The dancers on 'Sierra Oscar Foxtrot Tango'

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Kyle Clarke.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Nicole Ishimaru.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Mikaela Kelly.

Sara is like emptying the contents of my heart and wearing it on my skin. It takes me to a room where I can behave with my wildest fantasies and understand what my deepest pain feels like. This room is a place where my human potential is not limited to a physical body, but rather, a framework of layers, layers so vast and full that they are encouraged to be endless.”


“My experience working with Medhi has truly been a full circle experience. Medhi was one of the people who encouraged me to join NDT 2 and now having the opportunity to create and investigate material with him has been truly inspiring. Medhi’s curiosity to keep exploring has driven the piece through a process of constant change and depth. His curation of theme and structure is what makes his worlds so unique on stage, and what keeps the dancers constantly digging for more.”


“The first question Yoann asks is “Are you ready to play?”. His game has a set of rules and requires the willingness to be unproductive. His game will involve human interaction and real time responses. One small impulse can set off a chain reaction of events that will never happen in exactly the same way and will prove infinitely unpredictable. I must be acutely aware and allow myself to be influenced by every situation as if for the first time. And when I am freed from the restraints of reproducing, I begin to experience genuine reactions and I start to play.”

Programme booklet