Figures in Extinction [1.0] wins ‘Zwaan for most impressive dance production’ 2022

30 September 2022

We are proud!

NDT’s associate choreographer Crystal Pite has won a Zwaan for most impressive dance production for her most recent NDT work, Figures in Extinction [1.0], made in collaboration with Simon McBurney. The Zwanen (Swans) were awarded during the Dutch Dance Days Gala on Friday 30 September at Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht.

Most impressive dance production

“The urgent performance Figures in Extinction [1.0] created by choreographer Crystal Pite in collaboration with Simon McBurney is a wonderful and wry spectacle about the future of a planet in crisis,” says the Dutch Association of Theatres and Concert Halls (VSCD). “Where the spectator can still initially lose himself in the beauty and diversity of species in nature, the theatrical experience accelerates towards an inescapable doomsday scenario.”

Figures in Extinction [1.0] premiered in The Hague on May 6, 2022, marking the first collaboration between Crystal Pite and the artistic director of Complicité, Simon McBurney, in a series of creations.

In addition to Figures in Extinction [1.0], Waterbrothers by Roy Overdijk (program State Shift | The Ruggeds), and Interval by Amos Ben-Tal and Gosse de Kort (OFFprojects) were also nominated in the category for ‘Zwaan for most impressive dance production’.

The Zwanen 2022

The Zwanen are the dance awards of the VSCD and have been associated with Nederlandse Dansdagen since 2003. Besides the presentation of the Jonge Zwanen and the Zwanen for the most impressive dance production and performance, the anniversary edition of the Nederlandse Dansdagen will have an extra festive touch. Once again, a Gouden Zwaan was given to a dancer or choreographer whose career has made a major contribution to Dutch dance. This year, the Gouden Zwaan (Golden Swan) was awarded to Lloyd Marengo.



The 25th edition of De Nederlandse Dansdagen (The Dutch Dance Days) will take place from September 30 through October 6. In this anniversary edition of the festival you can experience the best of Dutch dance in and from Maastricht. For more information on the Dutch Dance days and the full programme, please go to


Complicité is an international touring theatre company based in London. Complicité works across art forms, believing theatre, dance, opera, film, installation, publication and participatory arts can all be sites for the collective act of imagination. Founded in 1983, the Company has won over 50 major theatre awards worldwide. This is NDT’s first co-production with the Company.

Read more on the website of Complicité