Up & Coming Lab

Anat Oz
Sarah Baltzinger & Isaiah Wilson
Eliana Stragapede & Borna Babić

In our Up & Coming Lab programme, four emerging makers have two weeks to explore and develop a short work with the dancers of NDT 2, resulting in an informal sharing in the NDT Black Box.

For this first edition, we have invited Anat Oz and duos Sarah Baltzinger & Isaiah Wilson and Eliana Stragapede & Borna Babić. The fourth maker will be selected through our exchange project with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. An NDT dancer is given the opportunity to create a work for their season and, in turn, we invite one of their dancers to work with us.

About the programme

Anat Oz

In her new work for Up & Coming Lab, Anat Oz explores the role of the human eye in communication, consciousness, and the connection to our inner selves. By focusing on the interplay between vision and blindness, as well as the intriguing notion of perception without sight, she examines both the physical and symbolic significance of our eyes.

With a blend of dance techniques and holistic reflexology principles, Oz translates the smallest of eye stirrings into full-body movements. "I playfully build the composition of my work by positioning movement sentences upon natural structures, drawing inspiration from life's organic compositions." - Anat Oz

Sarah Baltzinger & Isaiah Wilson

What can be done with a body at our disposal? By treating it as an anatomical object of study, Isaiah Wilson and Sarah Baltzinger have created a visceral investigation of the limits and extremes of the human body. Freed from societal expectations, the dancers manipulate and explore moves and sensations, revealing the infinite capabilities of the body.

"We have created an imaginary world where we observe identities in a quest to possess ourselves, to seek meaning in the body that was attributed to us, all whilst being plunged into a universe of incoherence and absurdity." - Sarah Baltzinger & Isaiah Wison

Eliana Stragapede & Borna Babić

Focusing on the concept of expectation for Up & Coming Lab, Eliana Stragapede and Borna Babić explore the connection between intentions and emotions on the one hand and movement on the other. What happens when our predictions do not correspond to the reality we're ultimately faced with?

The choreographic duo takes us on a journey grounded in physical theatre, investigating the response to outcomes that challenge our assumptions. "By imagining a variety of daily situations and realities, or evoking emotions and memories, we long to bring genuine human behaviour to the stage." - Eliana Stragapede & Borna Babić

NDT Creation House

As a house for creation, we value experimentation, collaboration, and the development of dance artists. To support this, we have created a series of programmes – each connected to different stages in a dancer and maker’s career. By encouraging, guiding, and promoting new voices and perspectives, we are building a strong future for both NDT and our sector.

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