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, dancing in many pieces of renowned choreographies by Hans van Manen and Jiri Kylián, among many others, he left the company in 1982 only to return in 1991. With his unrelenting passion for the company and for the art of dance he initiated the idea of a senior company, NDT 3, which came to rapid fruition under Kylián’s directorship and guidance. Gérard danced for the third company until 2006.

After his dance career, Gérard was a regular visitor to every NDT premiere and often engaged in other NDT events as well. We will dearly miss his youthful smile, his playfulness and his vibrant, positive energy.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Paul, family and loved ones.