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NDT 2 presents new work by Tom Weinberger

NDT 2 presents new work by Tom Weinberger

Photo: Edwin Paree

Choreographer Tom Weinberger and the NDT 2 dancers created a new work, specially made for locations outside the traditional theater set-up. Projects like these offer us as a company new perspectives and creative discoveries. In September 2021, the premiere of Tom Weinberger’s work for NDT 2 finally became reality in the Grote Kerk in Veere. This work was danced again on Saturday October 2 during the Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Days) 2021 in Maastricht.

He asks us to question: who are we? What is real and what is not real? Tom has created a poignant study on the human condition. Specifically created for an alternative location, this work supports our focus to bring NDT to new and diverse audiences.

Emily Molnar about The Most Fascinating Problem in The World in PZC

About the ballet

The Most Fascinating Problem In The World is constructed to the lecture Myth of myself by philosopher Alan Watts. The performers give life to the ideas surfaced by Mr. Watts as they illustrate them with their bodies, seeking to bridge between the text and the observer. Using the musicality mannerism, humor and irony in Watts’s speech the performers offer a light and intense physical interpretation for the themes brought forward by Watts. Finding ways of expressing an ever pungent point, that all that exists is related to, and is a part of one whole cosmic weave.

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Grote Kerk Veere. Dancers: Sophie Whittome, Kenedy Kallas, Austin Meiteen, Juiting Yu, Emmitt Cawley, Kele Roberson, Auguste Palayer, Barry Gans, Annika Verplancke. Photo: Edwin Paree

Credits

CHOREOGRAPHY
Tom Weinberger

TEXT
Alan Watts – Myth of Myself Full Lecture Part 1 – Alan Watts Organization Official

REHEARSAL DIRECTORS
Francesca Caroti, Lydia Bustinduy

ASSISTANT TO THE CHOREOGRAPHER
Milena Twiehaus

LIGHT
Tom Weinberger

COSTUMES
Yolanda Klompstra

MUSIC
Johannes Brahms, played by Yo Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 9: II Adagio affettuoso. Published by Sony Music B.V.
Johan Sebastian Bach, played by Glenn Gould: Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827: VI. Scherzo. Published by Sony Music B.V.
New compositions by Matan Daskal.

SOUND DESIGN
Matan Daskal

WORLD PREMIERE 
17 September 2021, Grote Kerk Veere

DURATION
25-30 minutes

CAST
Austin Meiteen, Auguste Palayer, Ivo Mateus, Kele Roberson, Emmitt Cawley, Barry Gans, Jui-Ting Yu, Annika Verplancke, Sophie Whittome, Kenedy Kallas

“He realizes then
that you are something that the whole world is doing

just as when the sea
has waves on it
alright the sea the ocean is waving

and so each one of us
is a waving of the whole cosmos
the entire works
all there is

and with each one of us
its waving and saying
YOHOO
here I am
only it does it differently each time
because variety is the spice of life”

Myth of myself – Alan Watts.

Grote Kerk Veere. Dancer: Sophie Whittome. Photo: Edwin Paree

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