Music and NDT
PHOTO: RAHI REZVANI
CHOREOGRAPHY: KUNSTKAMER BY SOL LEÓN, CRYSTAL PITE, MARCO GOECKE AND PAUL LIGHTFOOT
Despite the wide array of choreographers Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) works with, music has always proven itself an essential protagonist in creating their stories. Music and dance are sometimes seen as separate disciplines, yet in reality they are in an ancient marriage, and in the world of contemporary dance they have shown to be essential to each other’s existence.
At NDT this has expressed itself in as many ways as there are creative ideas: Sometimes, surprisingly, music was added at the very last minute, which German choreographer Marco Goecke has been known of doing for some of his brilliant pieces. In some works, after weeks of compiling feverish movement phrases, Goecke assembled an unexpected collage of diverse songs and musical styles, that magically seemed to blanket the forms and shapes that were created during rehearsals in the weeks prior, as if they were always meant to come together in the first place.