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Straight Around

Hans van Manen Two
Hans van Manen Solo
Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar FEELINGS
Edward Clug Handman

The performances in this programme have taken place in season 2015-2016.

In combining the old and the new, the classical, the modern and the mysterious and seductive, Straight Around shows a combination of pieces that bring the artistic scope of NDT’s dancers and choreographers to the fore. Hans van Manen, with his unprecedented (inter)national allure, danced with NDT from 1960 to 1971 and led the company from 1971 as the artistic director. Romanian choreographer Edward Clug is the director of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, and after his mutual comfort in season 2014/2015, he will return with a new piece (Handmade). After the success of Sara in 2013, the Israeli duo Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar come back with a new creation for NDT 2 (FEELINGS). Straight Around thus presents two new world premieres for the company.

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In cooperation with

Holland Dance Festival

Programme order

Two – Hans van Manen
Solo – Hans van Manen
FEELINGS – Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar
Handman – Edward Clug

Duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes, including 1 intermission

Performance dates

Season 2015-2016 | February 18 – March 21, 2016
The Hague (Theater aan het Spui), Lelystad, Tilburg, Zaandam, Zwolle, Venlo, Drachten, Dordrecht, Haarlem, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Rotterdam

In this performance


In Two vinden twee partners letterlijk en figuurlijk steun en tegenwicht bij elkaar. Hun verhouding wordt gekenmerkt door respect en acceptatie, waarin aanvaarding van het noodlot onvermijdelijk lijkt. Voor dit werk ontving Van Manen de choreografieprijs van de VSCD (Vereniging van Schouwburg- en Concertgebouwdirecties).

De balletten van Hans van Manen (Amsterdam, 1932) worden gekenmerkt door risico, vitaliteit en swing. Van Manen was van 1960 tot 1971 verbonden aan NDT als danser (tot 1963), choreograaf en vanaf 1961 tevens als artistiek leider. Van 1988 tot 2003 gold hij als huischoreograaf van het gezelschap.

Photo: Joris-Jan Bos. Choreography: 'Two' by Hans van Manen.
Photo: Joris-Jan Bos. Choreography: 'Solo' by Hans van Manen.

Hans van Manen creëerde Solo voor drie mannelijke NDT 2 dansers die gezamenlijk één personage portretteren. De in hoog tempo uitgevoerde bewegingen onder begeleiding van Bachs vioolpartita stellen uitzonderlijk hoge eisen en vergen een dusdanige timing dat het ballet alleen kan worden uitgevoerd door de dansers afwisselend te laten bewegen.

Solo splashes and swings and makes you chuckle at the scurrying feet, the raised arms as exclamation points, the flashy turns, the impending bent knees and the fun, the mischievous, the speed and momentum with which the NDT 2 dancers present this choreography.

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Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have been an innovative duo in the contemporary dance world for years. Their multidisciplinary approach leads to creations in which movement, sound and lighting stand side by side, exceeding the borders of ‘traditional’ contemporary dance. With their work Eyal and Behar create worlds in which physicality takes on ritualistic, hypnotic and highly impressive shapes. In their newest piece for NDT 2, FEELINGS, a single female dancer performs fragile, abrupt movements while a troop of nine dancers face her as a resilient, hunched over mass. FEELINGS, on dark, jazzy sounds and rhythmic drums, ends abruptly, with a meticulous male duet.

Photo: Joris-Jan Bos. Choreography: 'FEELINGS' by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar.

Sharon Eyal (1971, Jerusalem) created her first choreographies for Batsheva Dance Company, where she served as Associate Artistic Director of Batsheva in 2003-2004, and as House Choreographer from 2005 to 2012. In October 2012, Eyal and her long-time collaborator Gai Behar (1977, Jerusalem) premiered Untitled Black. In May 2013, the duo created the ethereal piece Sara for NDT 2. For NDT 1, they created Bedroom Folk on hypnotic music by Ori Lichtik which piece premiered on April 16, 2015.

Alice Godfrey is impressive and mysterious in the world premiere of the hip Israeli duo Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. (…) Her pale face and thin movements almost seem tragic, like a fragile crane bird with bruised wrists.

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Photo: Joris-Jan Bos. Choreography: 'Handman' by Edward Clug.

Handman takes you for a smooth ride on an undriven road, where short encounters unfold between man and woman, women and women, woman and men, men and men and man and Handman. The title refers to a particular moment in the piece, which might go unnoticed. As we pass by, choreographic sequences result in dance situations that are strongly inspired by the musical composition of Milko Lazar and by the genuine experience we shared with the dancers during the creation of this piece.

Choreographer Edward Clug (1973, Romania) debuted with Nederlans Dans Theater with his creation mutual comfort (2015) for NDT 2. Clug is artistic director of the Slovenian Maribor Ballet and as a choreographer he received international acclaim with his piece Radio and Juliet (2005), to the music of Radiohead.

Programme booklet

Programme booklet (NDT 2 | Straight Around)