Start ticket sales season 2020-2021

7 July 2020

After the premature ending of the 60th anniversary season of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) due to the measures surrounding COVID-19, the company proudly presents the first half of the 2020-2021 season.

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The pre-sale for donors will start on Tuesday July 7 at 1 p.m. and regular ticket sales for the first two programmes of the season in the Zuiderstrandtheater will start on Thursday July 9 at 1 p.m. NDT will also visit a number of theaters in the Netherlands with these programmes. More information will follow as soon as known and the dates will be added to the agenda on the website.

The first two programmes of the season are:

Endlessly Free

Season 2020-2021 opens with Endlessly Free on September 17, 2020, a triple bill featuring works by critically acclaimed choreographers Medhi Walerski and Crystal Pite. Walerski will create a fresh new work for two dancers. Alongside this world premiere NDT 1 will stage his compelling SOON (2017). SOON started off with a piece of music that was of great significance to the choreographer: ““The sheer uniqueness of his voice and the raw, profound poetry of his lyrics kindled a spark that I wanted to express through this piece; four songs, four dancers, echoing Benjamin Clementine’s vision of life.” The triptych is completed with Crystal Pite’s The Other You (2010), a duet she originally created for her company Kidd Pivot.

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Dare to Say

The second programme of the season is the NDT 2 programme Dare to Say that premieres on November 6, 2020. The programme presents two world premieres by two distinctive makers. Alexander Ekman and Dimo Milev challenge the dancers of the second company in their new creations with different approaches to movement and choreography.

After his own dance career, former NDT 2 dancer Alexander Ekman (Sweden, 1984) decided to focus exclusively on choreography in which he portrays a clever and percussive approach to movement and a special gift for staging. Ekman often composes the music and develops the stage designs for his choreographies.

After a full and rich career with several companies including Compañía Nacional de Danza and working with choreographers by the likes of William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin and Hans van Manen, choreographer Dimo Milev (Bulgaria, 1976) has developed a very distinctive movement quality that flows organically and is often rooted in close intimacy. He previously worked with NDT 2 for Up & Coming Choreographers in 2019. For his piece for Dare to Say Milev will be collaborating with composer Miguelangel Clerc Parada. The work marks his first creation for NDT’s regular programming.

The evening will be accompanied live by musicians of the Dutch Ballet Orchestra.

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Performances and live streams

The programs in the first part of the season (September to December 2020) have been adapted to the current measures around COVID-19. All rehearsals and performances are performed according to the set guidelines. We are excited to welcome our audience back in the theatres, albeit in much smaller audience numbers than usual to guarantee the one and a half meter measure for everyone; and online in our digital theatre, via a live stream that you can watch in your own living room. For both options, it is by no means a diluted theatre experience. The dancers and supporting teams backstage make every effort to ensure that your visit to one of the performances in our theatres or online is as special and inspiring as always.

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Artistic director Emily Molnar

NDT’s new Artistic Director Emily Molnar (Canada, 1973) will take up her new position in August 2020, after being in charge of Ballet BC for over a decade in Vancouver, Canada. Of her upcoming role as NDT’s new Artistic Director in a year and a world that is facing so many obstacles, she says:

“Despite all the challenges this year has proven to bring us, we are still tremendously excited to offer you a season full of inspiring creations and unexpected gifts. Every season marks a new beginning, however season 2020-2021 is a testament to how new beginnings can be redefined in the backdrop of this new world. As NDT’s new Artistic Director I am deeply honoured to be invited to lead this wonderful company at such a pivotal time, and to work closely with the dancers, artistic staff and the teams behind the scenes to keep encouraging, cultivating and creating all the things you, our audience, have come to love about NDT.

Bringing people together is one of our main features and we have missed the interpersonal exchange with you! We can’t wait to continue to do so in the season ahead in ways that are creative and respectful of the times we live in today. As a company, we are embracing this moment with intention and a listening ear in all aspects of our work. With a spirit of newness comes change as well, and I am committed to acknowledging this change by supporting room for diverse artistic voices, experimentation, collaboration and dialogue within a company that has made such remarkable strides in the world of dance. I look forward to sharing the season with you in unique and meaningful ways.”