March 7 – June 27, 2019
The Hague, Eindhoven, Venlo, Amstelveen, Dordrecht, Tilburg, Leeuwarden, Den Bosch, Arnhem, Enschede, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Breda, Maastricht, Alkmaar and Rotterdam

Premiere The Hague Zuiderstrandtheater: SOLD OUT!

About the performance
Settle for More shows a wealth of powerful pieces and choreographers that, whatever the moment in their career or seasonality, proof that groundbreaking work can be reached at any stage. Both Bryan Arias and Felix Landerer, young dancers and remarkable choreographers, will create their first ever piece for NDT 2. These pieces will be joined by the critically acclaimed Midnight Raga (2017) by associate choreographer Marco Goecke for which he received the prestigious Zwaan (Swan) award for best production, and the dynamic quartet Simple Things (2001) by maestro Hans van Manen.

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.


"Midnight Raga is intense and groteske. The dancers shake nervously, either solo or together."

- Theaterkrant **** on Midnight Raga

"Arias’ choreography is refreshing but at the same time bleak. Through dance, he makes sense of the current state of the world. And that is not a nice place to live in."

- Leidsch Dagblad on Epoch

"It is a pleasure to follow these amazingly flexible bends, torsions and stretches in inventive sequences or in surprising poses, just off-balance."

- NRC **** on The whys and wherefores are elusive

"With Van Manen's clarity and musicality, and the incredible lightness and power of the NDT 2 dancers, you cannot misunderstand this story."

- Volkskrant on Simple Things


Bryan Arias
Felix Landerer
Marco Goecke
Hans van Manen

In this programme

Epoch - Bryan Arias (world premiere)
Dancer and choreographer Bryan Arias (Puerto Rico) has created works for dance companies worldwide. His work In frayed edges was presented during Up & Coming Choreographers 2016. In 2013 Arias founded his own ARIAS Company. This world premiere is Arias' first ever piece for the regular programming of NDT 2.

The whys and wherefores are elusive - Felix Landerer (world premiere)
During his dance career at the Opera of Hannover, Felix Landerer (Germany) began choreographing. In 2006, Landerer transitioned to working full time as a freelance choreographer and founded his own company LANDERER&COMPANY. He was appointed the house choreographer at Scapino Ballet Rotterdam in 2011. Landerer is a new face to NDT and he will work together with the young dancers of NDT 2 for the first time.

Simple Things - Hans van Manen
Hans van Manen created this dynamic quartet in 2001 for the young dancers of NDT 2. It is a wondrous, seemingly natural creation for two pairs. The ballet opens and closes with a powerful duet for two men, where one watches while the other dances. In between they dance several pas-de-deux with two women, expressing in movement the relationships between two people. In this ballet Van Manen reveals himself as a master of simplicity.

Midnight Raga - Marco Goecke
“Goecke combines a deep midnight blue with his piece Midnight Raga, the title of which hearkens back to classical Indian music. The raga is a basic melodic structure which often emotionally suits a particular time of day. Usually, Goecke does not begin a piece with music. This time it is different: the Indian music by Ravi Shankar is the starting point. The choreographer liked both the Indian mysticism and the “freaky” quality of the music. He was also excited by the idea of using Indian music without resorting to elements of Indian dance at all.” Dramaturge Nadja Kadel

Midnight Raga - Marco Goecke