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“The juniors already have their own, significant style, full of vigor, extraordinary flexibility and exceptional passion. The group impresses by strength, cogency and talent.”
- Le Quotidien on NDT 2
In this programme:
I New Then - Johan Inger
To light, fresh, and flirty songs by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, four girls and five boys playfully move across the stage. In a high pace, duets fluently transition into group dances, only for a single dancer to escape it every time; sprouting individuals rebelling against the group that is never quite in unison. The dancers let themselves fall in between the others or find shelter in the steel forest that serves as the backdrop. Inger's work breathes humour: it’s fresh and optimistic, and exists in a continuous search for crossovers between dance and theatre while being indebted to natural and unaffected movements.
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."
mutual comfort - Edward Clug
Edward Clug’s choreography is detailed and sharply defined. Often at times, its most distinguishing feature tends to be twitchiness where the bodies flick and jerk so extremely and frequently that it can be interpreted as punctuation; a certain acknowledgment of the beat. As a choreographer, Clug is interested in highlighting the dancer’s individual experience by keeping it fresh in its approach. By doing so, his work leans towards emphasizing a personal experience that arises from the process of creation that is led by illuminating human contradictions, imparting surprising moments of beauty and spontaneous irony.
SH-BOOM! - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Sol León and Paul Lightfoot created SH-BOOM! In 1994 for the annual Dancers Choreography Workshop, now called Switch. The piece marks the beginning of their successful collaboration and is therefore of great importance for the choreographic duo, not in the least because León herself performed in the piece. The work combines humour with irony and expresses how people from different backgrounds conduct and relate to one another. Inspired by Francisco de Goya’s satirical black & white sketches, SH-BOOM! masterfully intertwines the dark side (irony) and the light side (humour).