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THU23/11Theater im Pfalzbau

“Five minutes of the performance is sufficient to be certain: this company is one of the seven wonders in the world of dance”

- Le Figaro on NDT 1

“Flashy, brilliant and with a large reservoir of melancholy.”

- Theaterkrant on NDT 1

Paul Lightfoot
Sol León
Marco Goecke
Edward Clug

In this programme:

Proof - Edward Clug
“To me these words are striking yet peaceful and coincidental… Radiohead is more than just my favorite band; they are the soundtracks to my other side; listening to them feels like I’m finding a self that I haven’t met yet. This is my second experience with Radiohead after Radio and Juliet in 2005. Back then, it was a joint between Shakespeare’s classic and their music. This time it feels more like a joint of past and present experiences, caught in a melancholic yet utopian atmosphere of a few songs from the band’s latest two albums. Sharing my deepest intimacy with the dancers made me become one of them and our dancing thoughts, arriving from different sources gave shape to a new place, for a new piece.” – Edward Clug

Proof - Edward Clug

Shutters Shut - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Shutters Shut is a remarkable piece of four minutes during which the dancers visualize the words of Gertrude Stein reciting her poem If I told him. Set to spoken words instead of music makes this dance all the more interesting. The body language blends seamlessly into the poem, sweeping you away in sheer beauty.

Shutters Shut -  Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Stop-Motion - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Stop-Motion was created by house choreographers Sol León en Paul Lightfoot for the NDT 1 repertoire. The ballet premiered on January 29, 2014. On melancholic music by Max Richter seven dancers depict a process of farewell and transformation. As ephemeral as the dust, they grace the stage like ghosts or spirits; lighting up in and fading out. In this way, many elements in Stop-Motion address the notions of past and future and how they merge into the present. This is reinforced by large screens that show delayed video projections, which include their daughter Saura. Stop-Motion was critically acclaimed and received four stars in the press.

Stop-Motion - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Woke up Blind - 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 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. In Woke up Blind, Goecke has once again managed to reach the core of human emotions through pure, highly complex movement.

Woke up Blind - Marco Goecke