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Digital program book ‘Skin of the mind’

Welcome to 'Skin of the mind'

Dear audience,

Welcome to Skin of the mind, our first program of the 2021-2022 season!

With this program, we are delighted to welcome a fascinating new voice to NDT, Alan Lucien Øyen, and the return of acclaimed choreographic duo and long-time NDT collaborators, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar.

In his debut work for NDT, Øyen offers us a beautiful invitation into his compelling world as a storyteller. Tell your mom you love your skin asks us to question identity and the many faces one wears through life, challenging us to consider the discrepancy between the reality in our mind and the fiction we live every day. Working in close collaboration with the artists of NDT 1, it was exhilarating to witness Øyen’s depth of thought and emotions explored throughout the creation process. This new work is a reply to the times and a moment for us to reflect on the complexity of being.

Created for NDT in 2015, Bedroom Folk was met with critical acclaim after its premiere. The work of Eyal and Behar embodies a distinctive style rooted in the resonance of the individual and collective body. Vibrantly hypnotic, Bedroom Folk taps into territory that seemingly co-exists far into the future and deep into the past. We are thrilled to be revisiting this significant work.

 I’d like to take this moment to say a special thank you to our many inspired collaborators whose generous creativity helped shape this program and to our wonderful NDT team for their passion and hard work.

It is a significant time for NDT as we enter a new decade, a new building, and a new creative ground, building on the foundation of our first 60 years. The challenges of the pandemic have opened unexpected and innovative ways for us to question, learn and create; ways that carry us into this season with gratitude and a renewed sense of discovery that we are excited to share with you.

Thank you for joining us tonight. We look forward to seeing you throughout the season!

Emily Molnar
Artistic Director

'Tell your mom you love your skin' (2021) by Alan Lucien Øyen. Dancers: Tess Voelker, Isla Clarke. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

Bedroom Folk

Dancers: Theophilus Veselý, Jon Bond, Conner Bormann, Thalia Crymble, Jiuanhui Wang, Aram Hasler, Boston Gallacher, Charlie Skuy, Chloé Albaret, Nicole Ward, Nicole Ishimaru. Photo (2021): Rahi Rezvani.
Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

Leo Lerus, Rebecca Hytting

Tamako Akiyama

Composition by Ori Lichtik

Thierry Dreyfus

Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, Doug Letheren, Rebecca Hytting, Thierry Dreyfus

16 April 2015, Lucent Danstheater The Hague

27 minutes

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Dancer: Charlie Skuy. Photo (2021): Rahi Rezvani.

Sharon Eyal

Creators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have been, together with musician Ori Lichtik, an innovative trio in the contemporary dance world for years. With this creation for NDT 1 they engaged in a first time collaboration with set and lighting designer Thierry Dreyfus. In this multi-disciplinary effort, movement, sound and lighting stand side by side, creating a work that exceeds the borders of ‘traditional’ contemporary dance and turns all the elements into equal protagonists.

Read the biography of Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

Tell your mom you love your skin

Dancer: Boston Gallacher. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.
Alan Lucien øyen

Alan Lucien Øyen in collaboration with the dancers

Olivia Ancona

Francesca Caroti

New composition & sound design by Gunnar Innvær.
Plastikman: Consumed. Licensed from and published by Minus, a division of ENTER.Experience SL.
Snorri Hallgrímsson: Fear & Illusion. Recording under exclusive license to Moderna Records. Published by INNI Music ehf.
AWP: Solely.
Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow: Men Against Fire. Licensed from and published by Invada Records UK.
Gunnar Innvӕr: Tyfon.
Hania Rani: Now, Run. Courtesy of Gondwana Records © Bosworth Music GmbH, Berlin / Albersen Verhuur B.V., ’s-Gravenhage
Luke Howard: Storm, Dead Walk & All Around Us Is Dirt. (P) 2019 Luke Howard, under exclusive licence to Mercury KX, a division of Decca Music Group Limited. Published by Secretly Canadian Publishing (ASCAP).
Nils Frahm: About Coming and Leaving. Published by Manners McDade Music Publishing Ltd /Collect! © Music Publishers BV.

Additions to the music credits will follow.

Avi Yona Bueno Bambi

Åsmund Færavaag

Stine Sjøgren

23 September 2021, Amare, The Hague

±60 minutes

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Dancers: Surimu Fukushi, Boston Gallacher, César Faria Fernandes. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

Alan Lucien Øyen

“Sometimes I set my alarm clock to “reality” so I can go back to sleep, but I think it’s time to wake up.

I’m forever lost in fear and fascination for the discrepancy between the reality in our minds and our algorithms and the fiction we live every day.

Exploring this with the exceptionally gifted cast of dancers at NDT has been entirely inspirational. I’m both humbled and in awe of their skills, ideas and their freedom.

To me, working with the incredible team at NDT, on the legendary stage of the Lucent Danstheater, (which unbelievably will soon be demolished), has meant to somehow be in dialogue with history – I’m honoured to be allowed to be a part of it.” – Alan Lucien Øyen

Read the biography of Alan Lucien Øyen

Donnie on Tell your mom you love your skin:

“Creating with Alan has been a true collaboration. The primary task has been to align ourselves as movers to the themes and archetypes that he curiously and openly examines. Us dancers have shown up as our most creative and determined selves, daily engaging with our creative limitations in hopes of generating fresh ideas. We brought our history, identity, and perspectives to the studio and, as a result, have decorated Alan’s imagination with pieces of each of us. Alan has gifted or cursed himself, harnessing this kaleidoscopic group of individuals into a single multifaceted organism built for the theatre. In the end, I anticipate that spontaneity and his creative instinct will prove champion.”

Aram on Bedroom Folk:

“Reminiscing about the creation of Bedroom Folk in 2015 I’m transported to a mini universe in the main studio at the Lucent. It was electric, vibrant and intensely hypnotic. Ori simultaneously composing the music on set while we were creating, there was this passionate creative flow that still makes my heart flutter. This piece is an emotional journey starting from the very first beat and continues well beyond the curtain touching the ground. It’s all incredibly delicate, intricate, precise (even the eyeball gets a designated count) and injected with many rhythmical challenges that require absolute concentration throughout. You tap naturally into this hypnotic grind, strengthened by having these colleagues beside you bringing their unique energies that lead to an amazingly satisfying tribal experience. Sharon and her brilliant team Leo and Rebecca gave us images that guide us through movement – some depicting pleasure, others gore. Like waves washing over your face, poking your scalp until you draw blood, expanding the space between ribs, burnt fingertips. It is through these inspirations even the most minimal gesture is given a purpose. It is euphorically exhausting and I feel incredibly privileged to be performing this piece again, it is without doubt one of my favourites.”

Aram in 'Bedroom Folk' (2015) by Sharon Eyal en Gai Behar. Photo (2021): Rahi Rezvani.

Scott on Bedroom Folk:

“I have had the pleasure of dancing Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar’s Bedroom Folk previously with Ballet BC. I’m excited to now revisit the work with NDT, where it was created. It’s intriguing to discover connections between my past memories and sensations performing the piece and its initial concepts. It’s similar to getting your hands on the original manuscripts of a book you’ve read many times. To dance Sharon’s work is to experience feelings and fantasies that already exist within us, but amplified to an extreme, yet contained place. It never feels that you are only executing a movement, but that it’s happening from a place inside that is pure but intangible, like from where you cry. Something beautiful about dancing Bedroom Folk is the way it transforms you between such different states of being, but from the inside, it feels like one unwavering journey.”

Paxton on Tell your mom you love your skin:

“This is our first time working with Alan. His creative style is completely new to us as dancers. He is quiet, kind, and thoughtful.
This process has been an exercise in trust and self-reliance. Rather than keeping the studio in a rigid structure, Alan prefers to create an open and welcoming space for working. We are entrusted with the responsibility to make use of that space. We are of course welcome to ask for help, but we are also encouraged to provide ourselves with the motivation to generate, refine, and reflect. Alan and his assistant Olivia keep the dialogue open and guide us to create along certain thematic lines.
I personally am also learning a lot about working with text. Speaking on stage is not necessarily something we as dancers are trained to do, and we have to develop a level of comfort for it. Then there is the added layer of speaking while dancing. We have been working to control our breathing to allow speech to flow naturally as well as finding ways to avoid having the sound of our breath catch in the microphones. It is an excellent challenge.”

Paxton and Tess Voelker in 'Tell your mom you love your skin' (2021) by Alan Lucien Øyen. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.
'Bedroom Folk' (2015) by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Dancer: Nicole Ward. Photo (2021): Rahi Rezvani.
'Tell your mom you love your skin' (2021) by Alan Lucien Øyen. Dancer: Isla Clarke. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

Artistic staff

Tamako Akiyama

Rehearsal director NDT 1

Francesca Caroti

Artistic advisor & rehearsal director NDT 1

Lucas Crandall

Artistic Administrator NDT 1 & Rehearsal director NDT 1

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