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The beauty of it all

Jiří Kylián 27'52"
Maxine Doyle World premiere - Fifteen Minutes
Ohad Naharin Minus 16

The beauty of it all strikes the ultimate balance between honoring NDT’s legacy and its rich repertoire, while creating space for new artistic voices that provide the company with surprising perspectives. NDT 2 performs 27’52” (2002) by Jiří Kylián and celebrates the 25th anniversary of Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin, created for NDT 2 in 1999. A new face to the company, Maxine Doyle, will create a world premiere for this programme.

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About the programme

Jiří Kylián created 27’52” for NDT 2 in 2002, a work that takes the audience along for a game of seeking and being sought, of holding and being held, pushing and pulling. A game in which the dancer must ultimately exit the stage solo. The title refers to both the length of the work, 27 minutes and 52 seconds, as well as the date of birth of former NDT 2’s artistic leader Gerald Tibbs. 27’52” was developed through a unique collaboration with composer Dirk Haubrich. About 27’52”, Kylián says: “It is a work concerned with at least four elements: time, speed, love, and constant changes. […] Every split of a second of our life is responsible for our aging, and every moment of our life represents some kind of change. To me this is a very reassuring and liberating thought. We don’t have to remain the same from our birth to our death. We have the ability to change.”

Since 2002 Maxine Doyle has been director and choreographer for Punchdrunk, with whom she co-directed the multi-awardwinning Sleep No More, The Drowned Man, The Firebird Ball, Faust, and more. Doyle has created for various dance companies as well as for television and film. Her work combines an intense physicality with a focus on crafting characters and non-linear narratives. This premiere with NDT 2 marks Doyle’s debut with the company and will centre around a collaboration with composer Cassie Kinoshi who will create an original score for the work.

NDT is excited to bring back Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin on the occasion of its 25th anniversary since its creation in 1999 for NDT 2. The work incorporates music that ranges from Dean Martin to mambo, and from techno to traditional Israeli music and eliminates the barrier between its dancers and the audience in unpredictable ways. Ohad Naharin is the current house choreographer and former Artistic Director of the renowned Batsheva Dance Company. Naharin is also the creator of Gaga – a distinct movement language that enables dancers to move past their usual limits, both within their work and beyond.

Curtain Call with Lydia Bustinduy & Viola Busi

Performance dates

Season 2023-2024 | March 14 until May 2, 2024

Amare, The Hague
March 14 (premiere), 15, 16
April 25, 26

Chassé Theater, Breda
March 20

Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen
March 22

Zwolse Theaters, Zwolle
March 23

Schouwburg Amstelveen
March 27

Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen & Concertgebouw De Vereeniging
March 30

Theater a/h Vrijthof, Maastricht
March 31


Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
April 3, 4, 5

SPOT Groningen
April 9

Flint, Amersfoort
April 11

Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem
April 12

De Harmonie, Leeuwarden
April 21

Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg
April 23

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
April 30, May 1

Parktheater Eindhoven 
May 2

Group discount

Tip! Are you coming to one of our performances in Amare with a large group of friends or colleagues? Contact the box office for group discounts. From group size 10 people 10% discount per ticket.

Get in touch via  or 070 88 00 333 (Tue to Fri, 13:00 – 18:00).

'FIFTEEN MINUTES' - Maxine Doyle. Dancer: Maša Anić. Photo: Rahi Rezvani
Photo of 27’52”. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos
FIFTEEN MINUTES - Maxine Doyle. Photo: Rahi Rezvani
'Minus 16' - Ohad Naharin. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Educational activities

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

NDT Young Creatives

We started a new dance project for children between 8 and 14 years old: NDT Young Creatives. Dance experience is not required, but you do need enthousiasm to create and perform! Wondering if there will also be a workshop around this programme? Check it out via the link below.

More information

Photo: Sacha Grootjans