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Skin of the mind


Skin of the mind

Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar Bedroom Folk
Alan Lucien Øyen World premiere

Skin of the mind presents a world premiere by Alan Lucien Øyen, an exciting new voice within the company who will debut his first work with NDT 1. Additionally, the opening program of the 2021-2022 season features the return of the highly acclaimed Bedroom Folk by choreographic duo Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, an important work in the NDT oeuvre that will be presented in an expanded version with a larger cast.

You can also see this peformance via our live streams

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About the programme

Alan Lucien Øyen (Norway) is one of the most exciting artists in the international dance scene today whose work has been performed by companies around the world. As a choreographer, writer, and director, he can best be described as a unique story teller always in pursuit of a sincere and human expression. With an emotional and dramatic drive, Øyen ambitiously combines music, movement, opera, theatre and dance. His complex and technically challenging choreographic language is informed by the world around him which allows him to draw inspiration from a myriad of sources including popular culture as well as personal conversations and experiences.  Øyen was trained as a dancer at the State School of Art in Oslo and danced with The Norwegian National Contemporary, and Amanda Miller’s Pretty Ugly Dance Company in Cologne before founding his own multidisciplinary company, winter guests in 2006. NDT is very excited to welcome this new voice to the company.

The choreographic duo Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar (Israel) have come to embody a unique style of movement that is deeply rooted in the exploration of the body. Their work is characterized by pulsing and hypnotic experiences that tap into worlds that seemingly co-exist far into the future and deep into the past. Together they have created works for several companies worldwide and founded their own company L-E-V in 2013.
For Skin of the mind Eyal & Behar will restage their work Bedroom Folk that was met with critical acclaim after its premiere with NDT in April of 2015: “If there is a dance language that locks into the zeitgeist, then it’s the one by Israeli creators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar.” (Trouw, 2015) This expanded version is bound to further stimulate the rhythmic scoring of a work that links itself through vibrations within both the individual and collective body. NDT looks forward to revisiting this important work and sharing it again with its audiences.

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Performance dates

Season 2021-2022 | September 23 until October 9, 2021

Amare, The Hague
September 23, 24, 25
October 7, 8, 9

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
September 29, 30


Theaters Tilburg
October 2

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
October 5

Live streams

In the 2021-2022 season, we will again be presenting some of our programmes via live streams. On September 23, 24 and 25, we will broadcast the performances of the NDT 1 programme Skin of the mind live from Amare, The Hague, to dance lovers’ homes all over the world via live streams on

You are welcome to join the performances in NDT’s online theatre auditorium, right in your own living room. The choreographers ensure that the audiences at home will feel just as immersed in their new creations as the audiences in the theater.

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Corona measures in Amare

Due to the corona measures, we can only use two-thirds of the auditorium capacity in Amare in The Hague. That’s why a part of the auditorium is blocked. You need a coronavirus pass to enter the theater. You have a fixed seat, but you do not have to keep 1.5 meters distance.

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In this performance

Skin of the mind is made possible by Ammodo.


Creators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have been, together with musician Ori Lichtik, an innovative trio in the contemporary dance world for years. For their new creation for NDT 1 they’ve engaged in a first time collaboration with set and lighting designer Thierry Dreyfus. In these multi-disciplinary efforts movement, sound and lighting stand side by side, creating pieces that exceed the borders of ‘tradtional’ contemporary dance and turn all the elements into equal protagonists.

For Skin of the mind, Sharon Eyal is working on a renewed version of the work with NDT 1.

If there is a dance language that locks into the zeitgeist, then it’s the one by Israeli creators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar.

about Bedroom Folk

Alan Lucien Øyen (Bergen, Norway) is a rarity within dance and theatre. His works are highly acclaimed both in his home country and abroad. This new creation marks Alan’s debut with the company.

In this story you will learn more about this new choreographer for the company.

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancers: Keren Leiman, Madoka Kariya, Lea Ved.

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