Somos, ‘We are’ in Spanish, combines all creators of NDT into one evening: Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke and the choreographic duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. With their own style they demonstrate the wide-ranging versatility of the NDT 1 dancers.

Pite has been an associate choreographer for NDT since 2008, and is an associate artist at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. In 2002, she founded her own dance company, Kidd Pivot. Marco Goecke has been an associate choreographer at NDT since 2014. He is a resident choreographer at the Stuttgart Ballet since 2005 and was a resident choreographer for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam between 2006 and 2011. Resident choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot will show two creations of respectively eight and nine years old: Same Difference (2007) and Shoot the Moon (2006) for which they received the esteemed dance award the Zwaan, the VSCD dance award for best dance production 2005/2006.

Same Difference and Shoot the Moon will be accompanied by music from the Balletorkest (in Amsterdam and The Hague)

Performances in The Hague were part of the Holland Dance Festival.

“With their seemingly impossible physical expression the NDT dancers demonstrate why they are among the best in the world.”

- de Volkskrant, on Somos****

“It is amazing to witness what the human body is capable of. The complexity of movement makes these dancers almost inhuman.”

- Leidsch Dagblad, on Woke up Blind

“The quartet has every element of becoming a dance classic, a contemporary successor to Kurt Jooss’s Green Table.”

- de Volkskrant, on The Statement

In this programme:

Woke up Blind (world premiere) - Marco Goecke

The songs You and I and The way young lovers do by Jeff Buckley, who died tragically and young, deal with love in different ways: the first is slow, with very stretched-out vocals; the second has fast, almost hectic guitar accompaniment. Both songs form the basis for Marco Goecke’s latest choreography Woke up Blind. The two female and five male dancers are drawn into an acoustic world in which they exel in contesting with Buckley’s vocal power and his frenetic guitar sounds. Like young lovers, they throw themselves into the unknown regardless of the consequences, driven purely by longing. Again, Goecke has managed to reach the core of human emotions through pure, highly complex movement.

Dramaturge: Nadja Kadel
Assistant to the choreographer: Hedda Twiehaus
Music: Jeff Buckley - You and I | The way young lovers do
Light: Udo Haberland
Decor and costumes: Marco Goecke
Duration: 15 minutes

The Statement
(world premiere) - Crystal Pite

Assistant to the choreographer: Ander Zabala
Light: Tom Visser
Decor: Jay Gower Taylor
Costumes: Crystal Pite, Joke Visser
Music: new composition by Owen Belton
Playwright: Jonathon Young
Vocal performance: Meg Roe, Colleen Wheeler, Andrew Wheeler, Jonathon Young
Duration: 19 minutes

Woke up Blind - Marco Goecke

I New Then - Johan Inger

Same difference - León & Lightfoot
Same Difference (2007) is a theatrical piece by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, in which dance communicates in both a symbolical and literal way. The ballet was inspired by the chaotic influence the ego has on the individual, and how one can easily distance oneself from it. Same Difference draws you into a surrealistic world set to music by Philip Glass.

Wereldpremiere: 8 november 2007, Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag.
Music: Philip Glass, uit Symphony nr. 3 [1995], Movement III; uit String Quartet nr. 5 [1991], Movement IV
Light: Tom Bevoort
Decor and costumes: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Realization: Joke Visser & Hermien Hollander
Duration: 25 minutes

Video: Same Difference -Leon & Lightfoot

Shoot the moon - León & Lightfoot
In Shoot the Moon you catch glimpses of the love life of three different couples. Revolving walls with striking black-and-white wallpaper create three separate rooms, each containing its own love story. The door to the other room always seems to be open and through the window a new world beckons. Shoot the Moon won the Zwaan (Swan) for best dance production 2006/2006.

Wereldpremiere: 27 april 2006
Music: Philip Glass Movement II uit Tirol Concerto voor piano en orkest
Staged by: Anders Hellstrom
Light: Tom Bevoort
Decor and costumes: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Realization: Joke Visser & Hermien Hollander
Duration: 23 minutes

Shoot the Moon - León & Lightfoot