The Company Management team can affectionately be described as the centipedes of NDT. They deal with all organizational matters concerning the performances of both NDT 1 and NDT 2. Many hours are spent on booking theaters, choreographers, composers, lighting, costume and set designers, dramaturges, choreographic assistants and guest teachers. Maarten: “It’s a meticulous job and can sometimes be a lengthy process. We try to commit to overseas performances, such as in Asia or North America, two years in advance. A consequence of the pandemic is that the leads for Dutch and European theatres to commit to performance dates have shortened, and we are very aware that shifts in our schedules can happen at any time. It can be quite a complicated puzzle. Sometimes a request comes in last minute or we can approach a theater because space has opened up unexpectedly.
The contract negotiations with theaters have become stricter since the pandemic, which is understandable. Fortunately, there continue to be many requests for NDT from abroad as well. It is great to organize an international tour to a theater that we visit regularly. In familiar theatres we are fully aware of the circumstances, such as the theater, the people, the surroundings and even the accommodation. But of course, it is still interesting to visit new theaters.”
NDT 1 travels with a crew of 50: around 28 dancers, 10 technicians, the artistic staff, 2 dressers, a pianist, a physical therapist and, of course, a company manager. NDT 2 is a smaller company, with about 26-28 people. Maarten: “After fixing the performance dates and negotiating the contract, we dive into the practical matters such as organizing train or plane tickets, drawing up the tour schedule, checking the facilities at the location and in some cases also checking whether everyone has space in their passports for the visa application.”