September 27 – December 21, 2018
The Hague, Leeuwarden, Nijmegen, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Utrecht and Rotterdam

About the performance
Season 2018-2019 kicks off with a triple bill of four choreographic masterminds whose choice of music is as important as the stories they tell through their respective dance languages. In these often unpredictable marriages of movement and sound, associate choreographer Marco Goecke is known for his eclectic choices of music that always bring forth the most unexpected symbioses of music and movement. For Saisonnier Goecke will present a new creation. We have come to know Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter as a creator of powerful pieces that leave a lasting impression. For his new piece, Shechter will compose the musical score himself. The evening concludes with Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Singulière Odyssée (2017) that the choreographic duo created to Exiles by Max Richter. The world renowned composer created this music especially for this piece.

A selection of performances* will be accompanied live by:

* live music: 27 t/m 29 Sept, 5 Oct, 14 & 15 Nov, 15 & 21 Dec

Saisonnier is made possible by Ammodo.


"Whether you like it or not, this is dance that moves you."

- Trouw ***** on Singulière Odyssée

"With singular Odysée the choreographic duo delivers another stunning work that lingers on the retina, long after the lights go out."

- Leidsch Dagblad on Singulière Odyssée

"Wonderful how a series of upright piano chords, subtle and restrained, with stately percussion grows into a ceremonial train journey through an imaginary landscape."

- Volkskrant **** on Singulière Odyssée


Paul Lightfoot
Sol León
Marco Goecke
Hofesh Shechter

In this programme

Singulière Odyssée - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Singulière Odyssée by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot is symbolic of the choreographers’ awareness of how the predominance of travel, of moving and of living in an everlasting state of flux has carried through the DNA of our times. The piece is set in a train station based on the art deco waiting room of Basel’s Central Station. Dancers come and go as passersby in transit with the exception of one character who lingers in waiting and watches travelers go by and come back, in a moment frozen in time. For this piece, the music, titled Exiles, has been especially composed by none other than Max Richter.

Singulière Odyssée - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Walk the Demon - Marco Goecke (world premiere)
Central to Goecke's new work is the conception of dance as art, which also makes a "voice" audible behind the movement, and the desire to reinforce that voice of the piece through further voices. Alongside the musical voices of the orchestral works by Czech composer Pavel Haas and the Finn composer Pehr Hendrik Nordgren, Goecke once again made the exceptional voice of Antony and the Johnsons part of his art and declares:

"I think it is dramatic and big, but at the same time also contemplative and intimate, in her voice lies a torment that points inwards. For me, the dance says absolutely nothing if it doesn’t constantly refer to the inside."
Besides the voice of the movement, Goecke also repeatedly gives his dancers their acoustic voice to make them appear less abstract and human: screeching, roaring, cursing, which seems obsessive, sometimes whispered words that repeat themselves yet for Goecke entail life entirely: "All life and love is a Thank you, hello and goodbye", expatiates Goecke, as he takes a walk with his demon. – Nadja Kadel

In 2014 Marco Goecke (Germany) joined NDT as an associate choreographer. Goecke was both the house choreographer for the Stuttgart Ballet (2015-2018) as well as for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam (2006-2011). His most recent works for NDT are Thin Skin (2015), Woke up Blind (2016), and Wir sagen uns Dunkles (2017). His creation Midnight Raga (2017) earned him the ‘Zwaan’ for ‘most impressive dance production’.

VLADIMIR - Hofesh Shechter (world premiere)

“When you put your heart on the table, be ready to have it crashed. It’s when life breaks in, a stream of pain, passion, sensation...everything for sensation...we want to feel, we want to live, we want to push far into the suffering, the beauty, the vodka, the tv, the dance routines. Fuck poetry, only Vladimir can save us.”
 - Facebook

Hofesh Shechter (Israel) is an associate artist of Sadler’s Wells in London. In 2008, he founded the international touring Hofesh Shechter Company. In season 2013-2014 NDT 1 presented his double bill Uprising/In your rooms (2009). In 2016, Shechter created his very first piece for the company, titled Clowns. For this season he will once again create a world premiere together with the dancers of NDT 1.

Hofesh Shechter's new creation is made possible by:
Kunst en Israël | Stichting Will en Rita Jaeger Fonds.