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Significant Moments

Sol León & Paul Lightfoot Signing Off
Philip Chbeeb The Reunion of I
Alexander Ekman FIT

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

In this first NDT 2 programme of the season, the young dancers are being put to the test to see how far their interpretation of both existing and new work can go. For Significant Moments, NDT welcomes back longtime friend to the company Alexander Ekman, an avid creator of dynamic, energetic pieces which are often infused with humor and large group work. Ekman will create a world premiere for the second company. We will also welcome a new face to NDT, Phillip Chbeeb, a young maker with a strong connection to hip-hop who, for this programme, is invited to create a new choreography with the dancers of NDT 2. To complete this triptych, NDT brings back a significant work by house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Signing Off (2003), originally created for NDT 1, marked a pivotal moment in the creators’ career and was awarded the prestigious Benois de la Danse.

Watch the photos of Significant Moments.

Performance dates

Season 2018-2019 | November 15 until December 20, 2018: The Hague, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Arnhem, Haarlem, Tilburg, Utrecht, Amersfoort, Breda, Enschede, Groningen, Zwolle and Maastricht

Programme order

Signing Off – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
The Reunion of I – Philip Chbeeb
FIT – Alexander Ekman

Duration: approx. 2 hours, including 2 intermissions.

In this programme

Signing Off – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Signing Off (2003) is a heart-rending ballet about saying goodbye, to the Concerto for violin and orchestra by Philip Glass. Pure expression and virtuosity, with flashing movements integrated into elegant long lines. The set is part of the cast and provides a terrifyingly beautiful closing image, in which two female dancers are swallowed up by billowing black silk sheets.

Duets that cause goosebumps and brilliantly timed male trios.

On Signing Off
The Reunion of I – Phillip Chbeeb

An elderly man, nearing the end of his life, reflects on precious memories. During this reflection of the past, he offers a simple invitation to all that he ever was, child, lover, savage, and coward, to join him in his final moments. As his attention scatters across his lifetime, he alienates the living that love him dearly, choosing rather, to spend his last days to himself. This seemingly lonely journey of passing, is made less so, by the re-union of his past selves, and the joy of knowing the fullness of his life.
– Phillip Chbeeb

A strong find is the monologue Falling into love by Alan Watts, which points to the curious connection between ‘falling’ and the act of creation.

on The Reunion of I.
FIT – Alexander Ekman

Do you fit? If so…. what is it you fit in to? Where do you fit? Where do you not fit? And why?

For me a fit is a form of harmony… there is a sense of ease and rightness. In a creation of a piece, it is all about placing the things that fit next to each other. Does this light fit with this skirt? Does this stone fit on this floor? Do these dancers fit together? Does this step fit here? Does this audience fit with this piece? Does this text fit on this paper? A puzzle…

But what about those pieces in the puzzle which do not fit… the pieces that provoke….

How do they effect the puzzle? Perhaps they become a driving force towards something else, inspiring and transforming the puzzle.
– Alexander Ekman

Jazzy, playful and alienating, but it works.

on FIT

The dancers on 'Significant Moments'

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Mikaela Kelly.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Toon Lobach.
mikaela kelly on the reunion of i

“It has been exciting to be a part of NDT’s first collaboration with a choreographer from the hip hop world. At first the movement style and language felt quite intimidating for my classical training, but Phillip’s approach was so caring and open that when we got into the studio with him my apprehension dissipated. The unexpected challenge I found with Phillip’s work was the need for us as individuals to let go of our egos and commit to the bigger picture. To trust that the small movement of a limb or the angle of a hand is more than an insignificant or mundane detail; it is a vital piece of the completed visual puzzle. The unique mix of fine art and commercial influences is such a new idea for this company. This piece is a wonderful representation of two very different worlds coming together in a work where they are not clashing or competing, but instead collaborating with one another. They are opening up and receiving each other in all their differences of style and opinion and aesthetic.”

toon lobach on fit

“The process with Ekman was absolutely
hilarious. Never before were we in a
situation where we could do literally
anything we wanted. The studio became
a playground, we became like crazy
children. Thousands of ideas originated
out of our bulb of chaos, so then the
question arose: which ideas fit? But it
wasn’t only about creating ideas, it was
about creating a playful atmosphere and
acknowledging each other’s energy.
These things create a vital part of the
piece: togetherness.”

Programme booklet & Music

Programme booklet (NDT 2 | Significant Moments)