Online programme book NDT Summer Intensive


Welcome to the Open Night of NDT Summer Intensive 2022!

During this evening, the participants, choreographers and teachers of this year’s NDT Summer Intensive show what they have been working on and what they have experienced in the studios of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT).

The last two weeks, these studios were the home base for sixty students that took part in an intensive training program comprised of NDT repertoire, working on a new creation, and classes focused on dance technique such as improvisation.

In this online programme book you will find more information about the 3 new creations made by choreographers Amos Ben-Tal, Parvaneh Scharafali and Paxton Ricketts, all in collaboration with the dancers.

We hope you enjoy tonight’s presentation!
– Team NDT Summer Intensive

Photo: Sacha Grootjans


Amos Ben-Tal

Emmitt Cawley

Loes Schakenbos

Martin Balabán, Eloise Beaudoin, Agnese Biavati, Gali Bonen, Luca Branca, Edoardo Comello, Noga Feld, Annakha Flos, Fiammetta Gotta, Georgia Greene, Stephen Haley, Miguel José Horta Lopes, Vicente Manzoni, Zachary Peterson, Dorian Plasse, Shloka Porwal, Marius Bado Rock, Maria Taran, Jeremy Villas, Jocelyn Wynn

with many thanks to the NDT team and all of group C

Amos Ben-Tal and Emmitt Cawley. Photo: Sacha Grootjans

Amos Ben-Tal

We do things
That remind us of the things we did
That remind us of who we were
When we did the things we did

We say things
That remind us of things we’ve said
That remind us of who we were
When we said those things we said

We hear things
That remind us of the things we’ve heard
That remind us of what we thought
When we heard those things

We recognize things
That remind us of things we’ve recognized
That confirm to us the forms we know
When we are unsure of forms

We tell stories
That remind us of the stories we’ve told
That remind us of the characters we were
When we described ourselves with words

But once in a while we do things without memory
And once in a blue moon we are more than forms and words 

It’s almost pure
It’s extremely beautiful
It’s not real
And it’s everything

Portrait: Milena Twiehaus

and Continuo in C Minor

Parvaneh Scharafali, César Faria Fernandes, Milica Bajčetić, Anna Cenzuales, Ping-Jung Chang, Anna Daly, Victor Duval, Jackson Haywood, Kohaku Journe, Maja Kowalik, Hannah Kremer, Ruth Lee, Kelsey Lewis, Nnamdi Christopher Nwagwu, Kelis Robinson, César Sautès-Vescovali, Hyo Shimizu, Eleanor Simmons, Malachi Stevens, Zuzanna Strugacz, Reggie Turner, Alejandro Vargas, Samuel van der Veer

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and continuo in C Minor; 2. Adagio. Recording by Justus Frantz, Christoph Eschenbach, Hamburger Philharmoniker. (P) 1985 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin.
New composition by Samuel van der Veer

Loes Schakenbos

Parvaneh (on the far left) working with Group B. Photo: Sacha Grootjans

Parvaneh Scharafali

I know only moments, and lifetimes that are as moments, and forms that appear with infinite strength, then ”melt into air”.

extract of Lebbeus Woods Manifesto

Dear beautiful Dancers,
thank you so much for your intense passion, your generosity and open hearts. I love you all so much.

Portrait: Joris-Jan Bos

Nothing Much

Paxton Ricketts and the dancers of Group A

Aya Misaki

The Vernon Spring: Clouds, Sunset Village, Unassigned. Lima Limo Records/ Languo Fur Limited
Edited by Paxton Ricketts

Loes Schakenbos

Eduardo Jiménez Cabrera, Minseon Choi, Beatriz Coelho, Francisco Couto, Rui Cesar Cruz, Facundo Ebenegger, Letizia Ferlito, Matchima Flos, Amari Frazier, Jau’mair Garland, Kateryna Kuznetsova, Larissa Leung, Natsuho Matsumoto, Laura Mendes, Hiro Murata, Ethan Ribeiro, Kayleigh Smerud, Ricardo Urbina Reyes, Dipesh Verma, Jan Mikaela Villanueva

Paxton (right) working in the studio. Photo: Sacha Grootjans

In this process, we have researched the meaning of stillness. What values, qualities, and textures do we associate with this idea? Is there stagnation in not moving? Or is it a meditation? We have come to terms with the fact that stillness is a frame of mind or a belief. The more we search for it, the more enigmatic it becomes. All things are in a state of stillness, yet nothing is ever genuinely void of motion. We have played with the edges of movement, that space before and after. The penumbra of quiet. How that manifests and how we connect to it. It creates a sense of listening and awareness that is uniquely calm. Through this, we have explored the united voice of the collective in all its subtlety.

This work was realised together with the dancers of Group A. Their offerings and exchange of ideas were invaluable to the creation. Together we made something more than any of us could have done alone. It is a culmination of contributions.

Portrait: Rahi Rezvani

Special thanks to

Aleid Verhaart and Emma Jonen for costumes

Daan de Boer, Lisette van der Linden and Loes Schakenbos for technical support

Photo: Sacha Grootjans

Photography by Sacha Grootjans

During the NDT Summer Intensive, photographer Sacha Grootjans made beautiful photos of all the participants.

Are you interested in buying a photo or are you curious about the work of Sacha Grootjans? Then click here.


Fonds 1999, Solidarity Fund, Stichting Vriendenfonds NDT, and private donors.