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Stage One

Marco Goecke Thin Skin
Medhi Walerski GARDEN
Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar Salt Womb

The performances in this programme have taken place in season 2016-2017.

To kick off the new season, Stage One gives the NDT audience an insight into the more risk-taking choreographers in the field today. It presents two world premieres and Thin Skin by NDT’s associate choreographer Marco Goecke, which was labelled “Original, dynamic and stunningly his own” by newspaper de Volkskrant when it premiered in 2015.

Ranging from the feverishly quick and pulsating movements of Thin Skin to the haunting dreamscapes of Medhi Walerksi (GARDEN) and the compelling club-scene inspired works by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar (Salt Womb), Stage One offers an evening full of surprising and innovative choreography and dance. Here, NDT proves once again that the company stands for creativity at the highest level.

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Programme order

Thin Skin – Marco Goecke
GARDEN – Medhi Walerski
Salt Womb – Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

Duration: 2 hours, including 2 intermissions

Performance dates

Season 2016-2017 | September 22 – October 18, 2016
The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Eindhoven

In this performance


“Marco Goecke’s latest premiere Thin Skin is a homage to the punk rock icon and poet Patti Smith. The singer’s rhythmically elaborate, sometimes breathless-sounding lyrics form a visually and acoustically powerful synthesis with Goecke’s very particular frenetic language of movement. “Mind is a picture. And there in the corner is the hint of a spiral. Perhaps it is a virus; perhaps it is a spirit tatoo”, writes Smith, and Goecke’s dancers, whose skin is covered in countless tatoos, create dream worlds that are permanently changing. The dance remains elusive, but it gets under the skin, the skin of the thin-skinned.” – Nadja Kadel

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography 'Thin Skin' by Marco Goecke.

Original, dynamic and stunningly his own.

de Volkskrant
on Thin Skin
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'GARDEN' by Medhi Walerski.

“I made this piece for ten dancers, on music by Camille Saint-Saëns. This French Romantic classical music creates a huge challenge. It’s a very demanding piece that has been a clear, and sometimes overbearing guide in how to dive into the movements, which heavily informed my decisions as a choreographer, though I wanted to be pushed this way. I consider the work to be abstract rather than it to have a story. To me, it’s a study of many things, not in the least a study of the music. In preparation of creating a new work I often collect many images. I also like to listen to the music over and over again. This helps me to be ‘conducted’ by a composition. During the creative process there isn’t much consistency, only that changes are inevitable.” – Medhi Walerski

There lies a gentle grandeur in Walerski’s gestures, which are modest on the surface and bring a slight glare. […] The Frenchman, a former dancer of the company in The Hague, shot bullseye with the virtuoso AUREUM last year and now proofs with GARDEN that he has developed from a promise to a resident choreographer.

Leidsch Dagblad

“Our new creation is a combination of tenderness and wildness, innovation with relation to the past. It can be compared with the feeling of a heavy black stone carried among us as something that may easily disappear or slip away. The work reflects matters of the relationships between the individual and the others, while the group can split and dissolve to shards. It shows a strong connection between body and a happy or sad soul. Like a terrible disaster or deep sadness coexists with the excitement of being together. A main element in our work is the music; it is a great part of our life. We often collaborate with Ori Lichtik, whose music provides us with endless inspiration, just like a magical spell, or divine poetry.” – Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'Salt Womb' by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar.

But one thing is certain: it is impossible not to become entranced by NDT’s latest creation by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. […] And then there is that ceaselessly churning rhythm that brings the movements together and where you, the spectator, can only look at breathlessly, until the curtain falls.

Leidsch Dagblad
on Salt Womb

The dancers on 'Stage One'

Photo: Joris-Jan Bos. Dancer: Anne Jung.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Jorge Nozal.

“When you get to know Marco Goecke as a person and when you dance his work you feel an excitement, a feeling of being restless and the anxiety boiling inside your body.

It is very hard to control these feelings and it consequently makes your body feel like a prison sometimes. In order to release that, these sharp movements come out naturally. Even more so, they feel necessary. When looking at the piece, the distinct movements seem controlled but they come from an uncontrolled personal place. When we were working on the piece, I thought about the idea of a thin skin, which means you’re extra sensitive and less resistant towards outside circumstances, therefore the body absorbs all types of energy that pile up inside to such an extent that the body naturally feels the need to exteriorize them.”


“I have known Marco [Goecke] for over 15 years so I’m very familiar with his language of movement. However, this time it was different.

I just recovered from an intense injury, and came back with more desire to learn, to teach, to grow, than ever before in my dancing career. This pushed Marco and myself to explore the work further. I wanted to know more about him and his process, his desires within it. In return, he challenged me to be the truest version of myself, through which he could be the truest version of himself as a choreographer. It was extremely personal. Winning the Zwaan for my role in Thin Skin was therefore the best punctuation of this beautiful sentence, and so perfectly in line with our exceptional story behind it.”

Programme booklet & Music

Programme booklet (NDT 1 | Stage One)

Music (NDT 1 | Stage One)