Shearing the Wolves


Shearing the Wolves gathers four choreographers who’s career at NDT had a significant impact on their work and artistic development: Johan Inger, Medhi Walerski, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot.

Johan Inger's new creation wille be accompanied by pianist Sepp Grotenhuis, from Het Balletorkest (except the performance in Tiel).

Inger enjoyed his breakthrough as a choreographer in 1995 after a successful dance career at NDT. Between 2003 to 2008 he was the artistic director of the Cullberg Ballet and now serves as an associate choreographer at NDT. Walerski made his first ballet for NDT 2 in 2008. He was a dancer at the same company between 2001 and 2003 before moving on to NDT 1, where he danced until season 2014/2015. He will be showing a new creation after the raging success of Chamber that he created for NDT 1 in 2012. León and Lightfoot are both former NDT dancers as well, and have been working and creating as a duo for over 25 years. Next to being NDT’s resident choreographers since 2002, León was appointed NDT’s artistic advisor in 2012 and Lightfoot became the company’s artistic director in 2011.

In this programme:

One on One - Johan Inger
One on One centralizes the dance between two people and investigates the progression of duets and the evolutionary stages in the relationships they portray. These stages can include the exploration and sensing of two bodies, their meeting and touching when coming together or the collapse that occurs through the small cracks in their uniformity.

Inger chose to make the piece on Franz Schubert’s Impromptus and 21st Sonata. These tender scores were written during the composer’s final years of his life, and count as one of his last major compositions for the piano. Schubert was ostensibly incapable of maintaining a romantic relationship, something he pursued until the day he died. For Inger, this longing is inherent to the composer’s music and symbolizes the prevalent desire in this ballet. Johan Inger's new creation wille be accompanied by pianist Sepp Grotenhuis, from Het Balletorkest (except the performance in Tiel).

Assistant tot the choreographer: Nancy Euverink
Music: Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899: No.1 in C minor
Allegro molto moderato Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D960: II. ANdante sostenuto
Light: Tom Visser
Set design: Johan Inger
Costumes: Bregje van Balen
Duration: 21 min.

Sleight of Hand - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

In 2007, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot made the incisive ballet Sleight of Hand for eight dancers of the second company NDT 2. With this piece, the choreographers showed they were going in a new, more theatrical direction. Filled with mysterious drama in a play of light and dark, black cloth walls are the backdrop to two monumentally tall characters, one of each gender, that immediately demand authority by their sheer height alone. The stage is ruled by groups pieces and duets, some coming from the pit as if from another world. 

Staged by: Nancy Euverink, Peter Chu
Music: Philip Glass: Symphony No.2: Movement II
Set design and costumes: Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
Light: Tom Bevoort
Duration: 20 min.

AUREUM - Medhi Walerski
For his new work Medhi Walerski (1979, France) has chosen Chopin’s music to provide the dramatic and sensual sound to his extremely raw and pure creation.  A masculine quartet emerges from the entire company while the group moves as a pack of animals, or a flock of birds.

Assistant to the choreographer: Peter Chu
Dramaturge: Pierre Pointvianne
Music: Frederic Chopin: Largo Sonata no.3 in B minor
Sound design: Niels Mudde
Light: Theun Mosk
Set design: Theun Mosk
Costumes: Medhi Walerski, Joke Visser
Duration: 20 min

Sleight of Hand - León & Lightfoot

One on One (2015) - NDT 2

AUREUM (2015) - NDT 2