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Sol & Paul XXX

NDT 1
Sol León & Paul Lightfoot Start to Finish
Sol León & Paul Lightfoot Shutters Shut
Sol León & Paul Lightfoot Subject to Change
Sol León & Paul Lightfoot Shoot the Moon
Sol León & Paul Lightfoot Same Difference

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

Sol & Paul XXX celebrates the thirty-year collaboration between NDT’s house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, bringing together five monumental works from their oeuvre: Start to Finish (1996), Subject to Change (2003), Shutters Shut (2003), Shoot the Moon (2006), and Same Difference (2007). Each of the five ballets have formed, in either symbolic, personal or creative ways, course-defining moments in the life and work of the choreographers. This series of artistic highlights therefore shines light on their artistic journey and their creative partnership and is a celebration of León and Lighfoot’s unpredictable and idiosyncratic style and inexhaustible work ethic.

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Performance dates

Season 2018 – 2019 | May 10 until June 4, 2019: The Hague, Tilburg, Nijmegen, Zwolle, Amsterdam and Eindhoven

 

Programme order

Start to Finish
Shutters Shut
Subject to Change

Shoot the Moon
Same Difference
Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Duration: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes, including 2 intermissions.

In this programme

Start to Finish – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

For Start to Finish, we were inspired by the story of King George III, ‘the Mad King’, who slowly lost his mind due to mental illness. Start to Finish portrays what is inside us as dancers. It relates to the beginning of any relationship, when two loved ones are still young and innocent, thinking about starting a life together, a family – and the madness that follows.
– Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Shutters Shut – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Shutters Shut is a portrait of Picasso by Gertrude Stein. “If I told him, would he like it?”

…splendid words hammering away in ravishing rhythm play with time and confusion

de Volkskrant on Shutters Shut
Subject to Change – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Subject to Change (2003) is an expressive piece, offering resident choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot the opportunity to highlight their qualities. Six dancers shine in an extremely beautiful ballet filled with emotions, varying from an oppressive duet between a man and a fragile girl to a swirling group dance. The compelling music by Schubert and the gorgeous red carpet unrolling across the stage complement the dance. Subject to Change won the Zwaan Award for Best Dance Production in 2003.

Marvelous, terrifyingly beautiful.

Trouw on Subject to Change
Shoot the Moon – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

In Shoot the Moon you catch glimpses of the love life of three different couples. Revolving walls covered in black-and-white wallpaper create three separate rooms, each containing its own love story. The door and windows to the other room seem to be simultaneously open and closed; accessible yet unattainable. New worlds beckon behind them, yet to they are always out of reach. Shoot the Moon is about the one thing that can create or change it: the emotions hidden inside our relationships.

 

Without a doubt one of the top works in the oeuvre.

NRC
On Shoot the Moon
Same Difference – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Same Difference (2007) is a theatrical piece by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, in which dance communicates in both a symbolical and literal way. The ballet was inspired by the chaotic influence the ego has on the individual, and how one can easily distance oneself from it. Same Difference draws you into a surrealistic world set to music by Philip Glass.

Programme booklet & Music

Programme booklet (NDT 1 | Sol & Paul XXX)

The dancers on 'Sol & Paul XXX'

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Jorge Nozal.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Roger Van der Poel.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Meng-ke Wu.
jorge nozal:

“Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot represent the meaning of the word ‘artist’. Expressing themselves in an unconditional way through art, choreography now and dancing previously. This is evident when you see them working face to face with the dancers. They polish a stone until it shines. Always with sincerity, truth and breaking the shields that the human being put on to protect ourselves and that actually prevent us from continuing. They make you aware of this and want to get rid of these barriers and express yourself through the dance being simply your own light. For this reason, from the first day I worked with them eighteen years ago, I recognised that this was my path.”

roger van der poel:

“Both creating with Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and performing their already existing work, for the past thirteen years of my career, has been quite the ride to remember. My relationship with the choreographers has developed through the years to a point where our work process feels like second nature to me. Out of over twenty pieces I performed from Sol and Paul, in this celebratory program I get to perform the beautiful and moving Shoot the Moon and the fantastical Same Difference again. The technical challenge and emotional journey I get to experience through the two characters in these works is exciting, to say the least. In addition, it is such a pleasure for me to watch my beautiful colleagues dance Start to Finish, Shutters Shut and Subject to Change.”

meng-ke wu:

“The time spent working on Same Difference has been challenging and rewarding. The piece requires a rich sense of theatricality, while maintaining extreme physicality. With the guidance of Sol’s stories and imagination, she helps us to achieve our characters within the work. Having worked with Paul and Sol since I joined NDT 2 in 2010, I have discovered many sides of myself, and I also enjoy growing from doing it every time and dig in deeper to the way of the characters and the specific body language.”

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