March 21 – April 16, 2019
The Hague, Utrecht, Groningen, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Heerlen and Rotterdam

Utrecht and Amsterdam: SOLD OUT!

About the performance
If anything, NDT is known for shifting the boundaries of contemporary dance by working in a spectrum of creativity. The company’s repertoire is colourful and inexhaustible in both its talent and innovation that is often rooted in the principles of classical ballet. Second Nature combines a series of makers that are not only anchored in the more classical principles, but have also shown a connection to what could be labeled as urban dance, that is seemingly more intuitive in nature to express ideas, emotions and stories. In this programme the both critically acclaimed Bedroom Folk (2015) by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and Solo Echo (2012) by associate choreographer Crystal Pite will be completed with new work by the young choreographic duo Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal that will create their first work for NDT 1.

Introduction talk
Prior to the performances in Zuiderstrandtheater you can attend a free introduction talk. Get to know more about the company, choreographer, dancers and the performance! Join us from 7 to 7.30pm at the foyer on the upper floor.


"Hibernal, melancholic, pleasant to watch."

- Telegraaf on Solo Echo

"With "Take root" Imre and Marne van Opstal present a piece that should not be seen just once but that you want to see more often in order to discover and fathom it."

- Leidsch Dagblad on Take Root

"If there is a dance language that locks into the zeitgeist, then it’s the one by Israeli creators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar."

- Trouw **** on Bedroom Folk


Imre van Opstal
Marne van Opstal
Crystal Pite
Sharon Eyal
Gai Behar

In this programme

Take Root  - Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal (World premiere)
Siblings Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal debuted as a choreographer duo with their creation LiNK for Up & Coming Choreorgaphers in 2014. In 2015, they presented the piece John Doe for this talent development programme. Season 2016-2017 marked their debut for the regular NDT 2 programming with The Grey (2017). This world premiere is the first work of the young makers for NDT 1.

Solo Echo - Crystal Pite
Tell yourself, in that final flowing of cold through your limbs, that you love what you are. Solo Echo (2012) by the Canadian Crystal Pite softly lures you into a wintery melancholy, inspired by the poem Lines for Winter by Mark Strand. Against a backdrop of steadily whirling snowflakes and on sober strings of Brahms, a dynamic collective erupts around the focal point of the individual.

Solo Echo - Crystal Pite

Bedroom Folk - Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar
Creators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have been, together with musician Ori Lichtik, an innovative trio in the contemporary dance world for years. For their new creation for NDT 1 they’ve engaged in a first time collaboration with set and lighting designer Thierry Dreyfus. In these multi-disciplinary efforts movement, sound and lighting stand side by side, creating pieces that exceed the borders of ‘tradtional’ contemporary dance and turn all the elements into equal protagonists.

Bedroom Folk - Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar