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NDT and Aegon extend partnership

NDT and Aegon have been partnering to inspire audiences through the beauty of dance for over a decade. Our organizations strive to deliver the best experience through teamwork and agility. Read more

Announcement offical name of the new educational and cultural complex in The Hague

Today, the offical name of the new educational and cultural complex in The Hague that will be home to the Zuiderstrandtheater, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Nederlands Dans Theater and the Royal Conservatory as of 2021 was officially announced. Read more

NDT presents anniversary book

On the occasion of the sixty-year anniversary of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), the company proudly publishes a grand jubilee book in collaboration with Uitgeverij Waanders & de Kunst. The publication outlines the rich history of the company in six chapters. Read more

NDT archive on Google Arts & Culture

In honour of the anniversary season 2019-2020, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) has dived into its rich archive that has been built up within sixty years. The company proudly presents a digital collection of photos, videos, posters and evening programmes of more than six hundred ballets that NDT has presented over the last sixty years. This collection can be found on the digital platform Google Arts & Culture. Read more

Emily Molnar new artistic director

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is very pleased to announce that per August 2020 Canadian
Emily Molnar (1973) will commence her tenure as the new Artistic Director of the company.
She succeeds Paul Lightfoot who in the summer of 2020 will resign as Artistic Director after nine successful and artistically blossoming years.
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We proudly announce that both NDT guest choreographers and a NDT dancer are nominated for the VSCD Dance Awards!
NDT guest choreographers and (former) dancers Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal are nominated for a ‘Swan for the most impressive dance production" with their NDT 1 creation Take Root. NDT 1 dancer Chloé Albaret has been nominated for a ‘Swan for the most impressive dance performance’ for her role in Sol León & Paul Lightfoots Start to FinishRead more

NDT appoints new Business Director

The Supervisory Board of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) has appointed Willemijn Maas as Business Director of NDT with effect from May 1, 2019. She succeeds Janine Dijkmeijer, who, as previously announced, will leave NDT at the end of the season in July 2019. Read more



Nederlands Dans Theater celebrates sixty years

In the 2019/2020 season, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) celebrates its sixtieth birthday! For the company, this is the ultimate moment to reflect on its modest beginnings, rich past and impressive present and future. That is why in season 2019/2020 NDT celebrates the work of the great makers who have provided the company with its creative signature, and proudly presents a series of (new) contemporary choreographic voices that make the company what it is today. Read more



Janine Dijkmeijer resigns after this season at Nederlands Dans Theater

Janine Dijkmeijer, General Director of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) since 2014, will resign from her position after this season 2018/2019. The Supervisory Board is grateful for what has been achieved under Janine's management. Read more



Teacher and repetitor Hedda Twiehuis wins the Piket Jury Prize 2018!

Teacher and repetitor of NDT 2 Hedda Twiehuis (1949) wins the 2018 Piket Jury Prize! The jury says: "Hedda Twiehaus has been a teacher and repetitor of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 for decades, a great influence on young top talents who have come to The Hague from all over the world to further develop their careers. With unbridled energy and passion she transfers the magic of dance and the values of the company to every new generation of dancers. " With the Piket Jury Prize, the jury rewards a person for his or her cultural activities in the Hague region, especially if they are aimed at or for the benefit of young artists. NDT congratulates Hedda wholeheartedly!

Paul Lightfoot announces his resignation as artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater in the summer of 2020

The Hague, 23 October 2018 - Paul Lightfoot has taken the decision to end his duties as artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in the summer of 2020, at the end of the 60th anniversary season of NDT. Lightfoot remains connected to the company as its house choreographer, together with his creative partner Sol León. With this timely announcement Lightfoot offers the company ample opportunity to search for a successor in the position of artistic director. Read more

Royal recognition for Gerald Tibbs

NDT is very proud to present that Gerald Tibbs has been awarded with the honor of Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau, November 15, 2018, by the deputy mayor Saskia Bruines of the city of The Hague. . Read more


Complete ballet registrations by Mezzo and producer La Belle Télé are broadcasted in November on the Mezzo tv-channel. Ziggo customers can watch for free during the special month. Read more

Damen signs for another three years as founding partner of the Nederlands Dans Theater

The long-term partnership between the Damen Shipyards Group and the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) continues. After ten years, Damen signs for another three years of founding partnership with the dance company. Read more

Pels Rijcken corporate partner NDT

As of September 27 2018, Pels Rijcken is NDT's official corporate partner NDT. Read more


Today, the Association of Theater and Concert Hall Directors (VSCD) and the Dutch Dance Days (NDD) have announced the nominees for the VSCD Dance Awards, the Swans. NDT is proud to announce that Franck Chartier's The hidden floor has been nominated for the 'most impressive dance production' and that NDT 2 dancer Guido Dutilh has a chance to win a Swan for the 'most impressive dance performance' for his role in Wir sagen uns Dunkles by Marco Goecke. The winners will be announced on 12 October at the Gala of the Dutch Dance Festival in Maastricht. Read more

40 years of NDT 2

NDT 2, the second company of Nederlands Dans Theater, was founded in April 1978, which means that this year NDT 2 celebrates its 40th anniversary. The performances of the new NDT 2 programme Sum Thoughts coincide with this anniversary and offer the unique opportunity to reflect on this special company and its groundbreaking development.

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Medal of honor for Hans van Manen

On Monday, February 19, choreographer Hans van Manen received the Royal Medal of Honor for Arts and Science. King Willem-Alexander awarded the 85 year old van Manen with this prize for his ‘contribution to the arts in the Netherlands, and ballet in particular’.

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NDT returns to Berlin

NDT strongly believes in her company's live experience and therefore offers the Berlin audience a diverse evening of four works, all of which in their own way leave a big impact in the theatre. After the overwhelming success of Nederlands Dans Theater’s performances in 2015, the company returns to Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, showing yet again a wide varied programme.

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Swan awards (Zwanen) for Marco Goecke, Imre van Opstal and Hans van Manen

Nederlands Dans Theater is particularly proud to announce that Marco Goecke and Imre van Opstal have received a prestigious Swan award this evening during the ceremony of the VSCD dance prizes (the Swans) in Maastricht! Marco Goecke received the Swan for "Most Impressive Dance Production" for his creation Midnight Raga and Imre van Opstal was awarded for her role in Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar's NDT 1 piece Salt Womb. Also maestro Hans van Manen, inextricably linked to Nederland Dans Theater, will be honored with the oeuvre prize of the Association of Theater and Concert Buildings (VSCD) during Het Feest van de Nederlandse Dans (Celebration of Dutch Dance) on Saturday, October 7th.

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'Celebrating Kylián!' exhibition

On Friday, September 22nd, before the NDT 1 Side A: Split into One premiere, there will be an official opening of the multimedia exhibition Celebrating Kylián! at Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague. An exhibition in honor of the 70th birthday of Jiři Kylián, NDT's former artistic director and housechoreographer.

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NDT Summer Intensive Presentation

From Jul 24 until August 5 2017 the NDT Summer Intensive will take place. Throughout two intensive weeks, (pre)professional dancers aged 14-30 from all over the world, will have an exclusive opportunity to experience the knowledge, inspiration and passion of our artistic team and work side by side with our dancers and choreographers.  The Presentation, August 5th, gives you the opportunity to see what the participants have experienced and created together with their teachers.

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It is with great sadness that we have learned of Gérard Lemaître’s sudden passing.

Gérard joined Nederlands Dans Theater in 1960 and was a key figure in his and our beloved company for almost 60 years. After dancing with NDT for over 22 years, performing in many pieces of renowned choreographers such as Hans van Manen and Jiri Kylián, he left the company in 1981 only to return in 1992. 

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NDT 2 dancer Alice Godfrey wins Piket Kunstprijs 2016

Alice Godfrey received the Piket Kunstprijs during a special evening in Theater aan 't Spui in The Hague. She received a sculpture made by artist Anneke Schat and a cheque for €8000.
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Special prize for NDT pianist Jan Schouten

Jan Schouten is pianist for the ballet classes for NDT and the Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague.
Yesterday, he recieved the special prize from Dansersfonds '79 at the Balletgala in the DeLaMar theater in Amsterdam in the presence of HRH Princess Beatrix.
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Franck Chartier wins Swan for 'The lost room'

We are very proud to announce that choreographer Franck Chartier won the Dutch Swan for most impressive dance production with his work The lost room.
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NDT goes USA

NDT returns to New York with a 2016 season that includes four U.S. premieres by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite, and Marco Goecke, running November 16 – 19, 2016 at New York City Center. The season features the U.S. premieres of Safe as Houses (2001) and Stop-Motion (2014) choreographed by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot; The Statement (2016), choreographed by Crystal Pite; and Woke up Blind (2016), choreographed by  Marco Goecke.

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Johan Inger nominated for 'Benois de la Danse 2016'

Good news! Choreographer Johan Inger is nominated for the Benois de la Danse 2016, with the choreography of Carmen for Compañia Nacional de Danza and One on One for Nederlands Dans Theater. The winners of ‘the Oscars of dance’ will be announced in Moscow on May 17.

100.000 fans on Facebook!

This weekend we reached 100.000 (!) fans on our Facebookpage.

In order to celebrate this event, the rest of the month March we will be posting interesting content and give away some great prizes on our Facebookpage.

So pay close attention to all our posts the following days and like our page, if you haven't done that yet, to make a chance on winning great prizes!

NDT and filmfestival Cinedans

Cinedans – Dance on Screen is back for the festival’s thirteenth annual edition, which will run from 16 to 20 March 2016. Held in the EYE film museum in Amsterdam, it is the largest and most diverse dance film festival in the world. Over the course of five days Cinedans will present the very best international dance films, documentaries and installations.

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Parkeren en pinnen bij het Zuiderstrandtheater

The City of The Hague decided to introduce paid parking at the Zuiderstrandtheater as of January 1st 2016. Parking costs are €1,70 for 60 minutes (there are two machines at the entrance of the theatre) or you can buy an exit card (€5,00) at the servicedesk. There is free parking if you leave before 6 PM, or if you park less than 20 minutes.

Please hold into account: leaving the parking place after the performance can take longer as usual

Pin Only:In the Zuiderstrandtheater you can no longer pay for your tickets or drinks with cash, only PIN.

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Jan Schouten wins Piket Jury Award!

With the Piket Jury Award, a person from the Haaglanden region is rewarded for his or her cultural activities, particularly if they are aimed towards or benefit young artists. The jury is not obliged to hand out a Jury Prize every year, but only does so when it believes it has found a suitable candidate. This year they awarded NDT pianist Jan Schouten. Congratulations Jan!

“Jan Schouten is a living legend, a very special musician and an institiution, but first and foremost a common hero. He has been working as a pianist for over 40 years and accompanies classes and  rehearsals at Nederlands Dans Theater with his music. He also worked together with eminent choreographers as Jiři Kylian and Hans van Manen. His play is always sparkling, funny and full of emotion.”- according to the jury.

Winner Swan Most Impressive Dance performance 2015

We are very proud of our NDT 1 dancer Jorge Nozal, who has won the 2015 Zwaan (Swan) Most Impressive Dance Performance for his role in Marco Goecke’s Thin SkinLees meer

Thin Skin and dancer Jorge Nozal nominated for Swan

We are very proud to announce that our NDT 1 dancer Jorge Nozal has been nominated for the 2015 Zwaan (Swan) Most Impressive Dance Performance for his role in Marco Goecke’s Thin Skin. In turn, this ballet is nominated for the Zwaan Most Impressive Dance Production 2015!

On Jorge Nozal and Thin Skin the jury respectively concludes: "The ultimate physical consciousness that Thin Skin requires of its dancers, is only given to some. Jorge Nozal rises even further above the rest in a rare color scheme he infuses this ingenious choreography with. It is almost impossible the way Jorge Nozal switches between long lyrical lines and sharp articulate staccato movements."
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 "In Thin Skin a new, deeper shell of softness, purity and elegance unstoppably breaks through the typical nervous, explosive and oppressive area of Marco Goeckes work."

Farewell to Lucent Danstheater - Souvenir

On June 16, 2015, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) organized a special event titled Souvenir in honour of the Lucent Danstheater, home to our dance company for almost 30 years. During the ceremony this video was shown with exclusive images shot during the opening of the building in 1987 of architect Rem Koolhaas, artistic director Jiří Kylián, Managing Director Carel Birnie, and choreographer Hans van Manen.

Afscheid van Lucent Danstheater