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Skin of the mind

Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar Bedroom Folk
Alan Lucien Øyen Tell your mom you love your skin (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.

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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'Tell your mom you love your skin' (2021) by Alan Lucien Øyen. Dancers: César Faria Fernandes, Aram Hasler, Madoka Kariya, Thalia Crymble, Alexander Andison, Paxton Ricketts, Lea Ved, Chuck Jones, Luca Tessarini, Surimu Fukushi, Donnie Duncan Jr., Scott Fowler. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

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


Schouwburg Concertzaal 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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Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to buy a ticket for the live streams.

'Bedroom Folk' (2015) by Sharon Eyal en Gai Behar. Dancers: Madoka Kariya, Jianhui Wang, Thalia Crymble, Jon Bond, Yukino Takaura, Theophilus Veselý, Aram Hasler, Charlie Skuy, Chloé Albaret, Conner Bormann, Nicole Ward, Boston Gallacher, Nicole Ishimaru, Scott Fowler. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

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.

The group work Bedroom Folk is a reprise from 2015, but its expressiveness has become stronger with the pandemic and climate threat. Nothing less than the human condition is depicted by means of stumbling folk dance steps, culminating in a hypnotic exposé of grand expression of movement. The gist of it is a bit gruesome: on chilly electro beats the dancers rush on towards a dark end.

about Bedroom Folk
'Bedroom Folk' (2015) by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar. Dancer: Charlie Skuy. Photo (2021): Rahi Rezvani.
'Tell your mom you love your skin' (2021) by Alan Lucien Øyen. Dancer: Isla Clarke. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

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.

'Tell your mom you love your skin' (2021) by Alan Lucien Øyen. Dancers: Paxton Ricketts, Tess Voelker. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

Introduction talks

NDT organizes introduction talks prior to the performances of NDT 1 and NDT 2 in the Netherlands. The introduction talk takes 30 minutes and offers the opportunity the audience to meet our company on a personal level before the performance starts. Modern dance and the repertoire of NDT in particular are the focus of our introduction talks.

You can read more information in the information e-mail you receive the day before your visit to Amare, or via the website of the theater in question where you are visiting the NDT performance.

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

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