Nationale Opera & Ballet

Do Not Run Fly

In the Dutch National Opera & Ballet

NDT 1 presents two new creations by choreographers Marcos Morau and Yoann Bourgeois and presents one audience favorite from Nederlands Dans Theater’s (NDT) oeuvre, Solo Echo (2012) by associate choreographer Crystal Pite.

We look forward to welcoming you at the National Opera & Ballet.

Play dates:

Wednesday, May 22 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 23 – 8 p.m.



Solo Echo ©Rahi Rezvani

About Do Not Run Fly

Do Not Run Fly builds imaginary landscapes in an attempt to understand a world that is constantly changing. On view are 3 works by renowned international choreographers.

Marcos Morau addresses the urgent questions of today, in an effort to be witness to a world that exists in continuous turmoil and change. In his quest to understand human behaviour, the choreographer aims to emphasize the fight against the things that destroy us while reflecting on ideas on progress, society and the individual. Morau studied photography, movement and theatre, and is known for building imaginary landscapes in his works. He has been the director and choreographer of Barcelona based company La Veronal for over a decade, and his work has been presented at festivals and theatres worldwide. This new creation will be Morau’s first work with NDT 1. 

Yoann Bourgeois is often inspired by kinetic art and optical illusions. In his work, Bourgeois’ interweaves multiple disciplines such as dance, theater, circus and visual art. He is known for his choreography for As it Was by Harry Styles and Trustfall with P!NK, among others. This will be Bourgeois’ third creation for the company.

 Tell yourself, in that final flowing of cold through your limbs, that you love what you are.” These words from ‘Line for Winter’ by American poet Mark Strand were the inspiration for Solo Echo (2012), originally created for NDT 1 by associate choreographer Crystal Pite. Against a backdrop of steadily whirling snow one character is seen through the perspective of many. Set to two sonatas for cello and piano by Brahms – the first composed at the beginning of his life and the second towards the end – Solo Echo describes a life’s journey from the coming of age to the passing of time. Upon its premiere, the work was met with critical acclaim by the Dutch press: “The solos are growing gradually until all dancers create a great organic knot, a moving sculpture that, indeed, echoes the sounds of all individuals,” wrote de Volkskrant. 

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Solo Echo ©Rahi Rezvani