by Sol León, former dancer, house choreographer & artistic advisor
choreography: sigue by sol león & paul lightfoot
photo: joris-jan bos
“if we understand how a tree is contracted into a seed, we understand the future unfolding of the seed into a tree” – The I Ching or Book of Changes
“Life is a constant flux of changes. To me, Safe as Houses, symbolizes those changes – those many little miracles. I just gave birth to my beloved daughter, Saura, and started to continue my career as a dancer and choreographer. At the same time, the company experienced a period of great transitions and uncertainties. Together with Paul, I had serious concerns about the future of the company.
I must admit, I found this inner turmoil, those questions of where we were and where we were going, to be one of the deepest roots of the ecosystem of NDT.
It enabled me, as an artist, to formulate my own philosophy. I was greatly inspired by the beauty and poetry of the Tao, curiously a book given by Jiří Kylián as a toi toi toi for our ballet Singing Apes. I transformed all those new ideas, circumstances and accompanying feelings of sadness, insecurity and hope into expressive movements. It was the first time I fully realised the importance of opposites, dualities, chaos and harmonies.
I cannot imagine sharing Safe as Houses with someone other than Stefan Żeromski – an extraordinary artist and human being.”