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Digital programme book ‘Sudden and Suspended’

Welcome to 'Sudden and Suspended'

Dear friends,

Welcome to Sudden and Suspended, the second to last NDT 2 programme of the season that closes with our Korzo collaboration, Up & Coming Choreographers, at the end of June!

We are delighted to offer you this triple bill by both familiar and new voices to NDT featuring the intriguing new work Cluster by Edward Clug and the return of Johan Inger’s critically acclaimed IMPASSE from 2020. The evening is completed with the compelling new creation Fathoms by the choreographic duo Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond, also known as Out Innerspace, who present their first collaboration with NDT 2 and with that their debut for Dutch audiences.

By combining and exploring these distinct creative worlds, Sudden and Suspended offers both our artists as well as audiences a versatility of work that invites an inspired narrative of ideas and expression in dance.

We would like to thank our many passionate collaborators, dancers, and team at NDT for their incredible hard work and commitment. And to you, our audience, thank you for joining us. We are excited to share this evening with you!

Emily Molnar
Artistic Director

'Fathoms' by Tiffany Tregarthen & David Raymond. Dancers: artists NDT 2. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Fathoms

Dancers: Annika Verplancke and artists NDT 2. Photo: Rahi Rezvani
By Tiffany Tregarthen & David Raymond

ASSISTANTS TO THE CHOREOGRAPHERS
Lydia Bustindy, Ander Zabala, Spencer Dickhaus

MUSIC
Zibaldone III of CVX (original: Berceuse Héroïque): Protesta Humana, Zibaldone III
of CVX – Fleurs pour Simone Part 1 & Part 2.

Regno Maggiore: Oracolo. Licensed by Gang of Ducks.

Cevdet Erek: Dycicles. Licensed by Subtext Recordings entity of Multiverse LTD.

Bendik Giske & Caterina Barbieri: Fantas for Saxophone and Voice. Licensed by Warp Records & Warp Publishing.

Piano recording: Samuel van der Veer

Voice recording: Omani Ormskirk

LIGHT
James Proudfoot

DECOR & COSTUMES
Tiffany Tregarthen & David Raymond

WORLD PREMIERE
April 21, 2022, Amare The Hague

DURATION
27 minutes

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Dancers: Annika Verplancke and Barry Gans. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

Cluster

Dancers: Annika Verplancke and Kele Roberson. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.
BY  EDWARD CLUG

ASSISTANTS TO THE CHOREOGRAPHER
Lydia Bustindy, Ander Zabala,
Spencer Dickhaus

MUSIC
New composition by Milko Lazar

LIGHT
Tom Visser

DECOR & COSTUME
Edward Clug

WORLD PREMIERE
April 21, 2022
Amare, The Hague

DURATION
20 minutes

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Dancers: Barry Gans, Sophie Whittome, Auguste Palayer, Rui-Ting Yu, Kele Roberson, Annika Verplancke. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

Edward Clug

“Coming back to create for NDT 2 felt almost necessary.
The company is completely new since the last time I worked with them and this aspect was the starting point in the process. No concept, no ideas, no music or other elements, I just wanted to work with them in the new empty space. As we approached each other, a dialogue of instincts began and the process unleashed spontaneously. After a few minutes we received Milko’s first fragment of music and the journey ignited.

The daily ritual of rehearsing gently united us behaving in the same pattern, somehow forming a human cluster that naturally became the pillar of this piece.”

Read Edward Clugs’s biography

IMPASSE

Dancers: Annika Verplancke, Kiran Bonnema, Cassandra Martin, Mikaela Kelly and Jesse Callaert. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos
BY JOHAN INGER

STAGED BY
Lydia Bustinduy, Ander Zabala

MUSIC
Ibrahim Maalouf: Lily, Will Soon Be a Woman,
Maeva in the Wonderland, Your Soul, Never Serious.

Composition by Amos Ben-Tal.

LIGHT
Tom Visser

TECHNICAL REALISATION LIGHT
Lisette van der Linden

DECOR
Johan Inger

COSTUMES
Bregje van Balen

VIDEO
Annie Tådne

WORLD PREMIERE
February 28, 2020
Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague

DURATION
25 minutes

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Dancer: Jesse Callaert and Jordan Pelliteri Photo: Joris-Jan Bos

Johan Inger

“How do we bridge the gap that grows as we stagnate? Our world today feels defined by a situation in which no progress seems possible. IMPASSE by Johan Inger illuminates that the baseline of human behavior is rooted in peer pressure and a loss of self, determined by a seduction of unending streams of “newness”. The piece problematizes the ease with which we seem to fall into what others say or do and how we lose the opportunity for fruitful growth in the process. Can we nurture the ability to seriously interrogate the world together, and find the capacity to reimagine it? Through a steady increase in the number of dancers on stage and a simultaneous decrease in the size of the performance space, IMPASSE demands a sense of urgency. Fluid movements and strong rhythms are translated by the young dancers of NDT 2 through moments of hysterical comic relief and manic isolation, indicating that together we should be stronger, alone we are less.”

Read Johan Inger’s biography

Cassandra on IMPASSE:

“We live in a world where our economic drive pushes on us the idea of novelty and constant need for validation through consumption. Johan Inger demonstrates this by seducing the audience into falling for this idea right alongside the characters of the piece, until we realize we have burned the bridges behind us and can no longer go back. In the studio, Johan created a fantastical environment where absurdity is the goal- to demonstrate how easily we fall for the trap of glimmer and the razzle dazzle of innovation only to find ourselves at an impasse once we realize how far we’ve gone. He asks us to pause and consider what needs to change now, so we don’t see our future completely lost. I am excited to touch on this piece again, this time with a new understanding, realizing how Covid-19 has forced humanity take a step back and inspect the systems in place that lead us to the pandemic in the first place.”

Sophie on Cluster:

“Because people, bodies, and relationships are made to seem like mechanisms that glide or hitch (think: limbs with hinges, people as pendulums), we’ve been given the invitation to question what our roles are in that as non-linear, entirely messy humans. For me, it’s been a series of questions: What spirit lies inevitably under the surface? What truth? It’s been a study of implying. Some kind of flashlight shone through the gaps between gears.”

Auguste on Cluster:

“Good evening!
Working with Edward has been a really enriching experience in various aspects.
Diving into his world, ways of creating and movement research, triggered gaiety and excitement in all of us.
Within the symmetry of the work, we are invited to create a playground where a serene atmosphere interacts with the necessity of having surgical precision in our movements and our timing.
Understanding the musical composition during the creation was a very nice challenge. This exercise follows us on stage during most of the piece, where we are required to be closely connected with the complex counting of the composition.
Thank you for coming tonight and we hope that you will enjoy the piece as much as we will enjoy sharing it with you :)”

Annika on Fathoms:

“Working with Tiff and Dave has been the most creatively stimulating and insightful experience of my time at NDT.

The peerless pair started our process off by overwhelming us with an abundance of physical concepts and creative tools to access their intricate movement language. We were then given time to play with these ideas and discover their physical translation individually. The movement eventually generated and to be performed has become a beautiful amalgamation of each one’s unique contributions thanks to a creative space nurtured by constant exchange, feedback and input.

 

The emphasis in Tiff and Dave’s work is put on our individual and present experience within their choreographic framework. It is put on the research of shared ideas instead of the achievement of steps – on the content rather than the container.

I believe this will create an engaging and evocative experience for both us as performers as well as for you, the viewer.”

Kele on Fathoms:

“This is NDT 2’s first creative process with Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond, and is undoubtedly one of my favorites to date. It was clear from the first exchange that we would be working in a harmonious environment- trust existed as a two way street, laying a foundation that would continue to be built upon as the process unfolded. The duo emits a bright and curious energy that inherently cultivates a symbiotic space, centering on mutual learning and exchange. There is something truly special to be said about the way in which we were welcomed, as both people and artists – our voices encouraged to be heard throughout the work.

 

Change is at the epicenter of the world Tiffany and David have created and is something that exists in multiple parallels throughout the piece. A state with endless manifestations, responding to a constant and infinite evolution. Navigating, resisting, shedding, adapting – each element, down to the lights is in a constant state of flux. A perpetual precipice, calling upon physics and realism as a means to connect.”

Dancers Rui-Ting Yu, Annika Verplancke and Auguste Palayer in 'Cluster'. Photo: Rahi Rezvani
'IMPASSE' by Johan Inger. Dancer: Tess Voelker. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos.
'Cluster' by Tiffany Tregarthen & David Raymond. Dancer: Demi Bawon. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

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