NDT for the first time in Dublin

Part of the state visit of the King and Queen of the Netherlands


For the first time, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) will visit Dublin for a very special performance of ART IN MOTION on Thursday June 13, 2019. This performance coincides with the occasion of the state visit of their majesties, The King and Queen of The Netherlands. The dancers of NDT 2 will present an exciting programme consisting of three ballets, including works by NDT’s house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, NDT’s associate choreographer Marco Goecke, and maestro Hans van Manen.

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First in line is Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Signing Off created in 2003 and originally made for the dancers of NDT 1. This work marked a turning point in the career of the makers and acted as a farewell ballet when the choreographers thought they would leave the company. The opposite turned out to be true. Signing Off was awarded the prestigious Benois de la Danse.

In Midnight Raga (2017) Marco Goecke refers to classical, Indian music through a deep midnight blue colour. In contrast to earlier choreographies, the music - compositions by Ravi Shankar - formed the starting point to this creation. Goecke was intrigued by the mystical and so-called ‘freaky’ sounds yet he utilized the music without resorting to Indian dance elements.

Hans van Manen, the master of simplicity, made Simple Things in 2001 for the young dancers of NDT 2. A dynamic quartet for two couples, the ballet opens and closes with an overwhelming pas de deux for two men. In between, they dance various duets with two women, expressing the relationships between two people in motion.