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FRI29/06Opera and Ballet State Theatre

“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

Paul Lightfoot
Sol León
Hans van Manen
Marco Goecke

In this programme:

Sad Case - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot (June 28 and 29)
Sad Case was created in 1998 when Sol León was seven months pregnant with their daughter, and acts as one of the main pillars of León & Lightfoot’s oeuvre. Surprising and earthly movements on Mexican mambo music show a continual search for the tension between satirical and classic moments.

Sad Case - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Subtle Dust - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot (June 28 and 29)
Since their first creation for NDT 2 in 1989, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have made over fifty choreographies for the company. Sum Thoughts presents another world premiere by the renowned choreographic duo.

Assistants to the choreographers:
Nancy Euverink, Rupert Tookey
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata #12, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen - BWV 12; Cantata #150, Nach Dir, Herr, Verlanget, Mich - Sinfonia - BWV 150; Toccata in C Minor - BWV 911; Prelude & Fugue in D Minor - BWV 851: arrangeur Alexander Raskatov Cantata #152, Tritt Auf Die Glaubensbahn - Concerto - BWV 152; Violin Concerto #2 In E. Adagio - BWV 1042-2; Bach Goldberg Variations Aria - BWV 988: arrangeur Victor Kissine,  Sleep Whales by Nature Sounds
Light:Tom Bevoort
Video work: Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Rahi Rezvani
Costumes: Joke Visser, Hermien Hollander
Decor: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
World premiere: March 8, 2018 Zuiderstrandtheater The Hague
Duration: 28 minutes

Subtle Dust - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Wir sagen uns Dunkles - Marco Goecke (June 28)
Marco Goecke's new creation for NDT 2 begins with encounters in the studio between the choreographer and the dancers. Their meetings appear unimportant, yet simultaneously they are more important than anything else; young, naughty and evil, playful and punky. “Today, my feelings belong to the dancers, more than ever before”, says Goecke. A blink of the eye, a glance, a seemingly f leeting gesture. Just a moment or a story? What remains is a tear on an eyelash that is fanned away. How do we get closer? A butterf ly that remains a second before it f lies away. The sounds of
Schubert and Schnittke meet those of Placebo, The Swan Song and Song To Say Goodbye. Then there are the rattling pants, its sound interfering with the music. Goecke: “The dancers understand me immediately. There is no limit, they want to be challenged.” They move fast, virtuoso, gesticulate in peculiar ways, unconscious yet self-assured, and - whether solo, in a pas de deux or larger group - they communicate in Goecke's language, as if they had never learned another. Darkness Spoken, without words.

Wir sagen uns Dunkles - Marco Goecke

Midnight Raga - Marco Goecke (June 29)
"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."

Midnight Raga - Marco Goecke

Short Cut - Hans van Manen (June 29)
Short Cut is a masterpiece from maestro Hans van Manen’s 120 ballets and counting oeuvre, all with his unmistakable signature.

Short Cut - Hans van Manen