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THU29/11Istanbul Theatre Festival

“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
Crystal Pite
Marco Goecke

In this programme:

Shut Eye - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
In their creation for NDT 1 entitled Shut Eye, house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have captured their innovative, poetic approach towards contemporary dance once again. The piece takes the audience into the conflicting emotions between two couples: one pas de deux that is seemingly more earthy and dark in glistening black costumes, the other ostensibly lighter and tapping into the everyday. Their expressive energy is distinctively different: from quick and fluid to slow and ostensibly lethargic. These two elements are merged through elaborate group work, and intervened with solos by male dancers that carry the piece into new realms.

Shut Eye - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

The Statement - Crystal Pite
In light of current events, the topicality of The Statement is probably what is most striking about Crystal Pite’s new work, as the expression of the characters and their use of language are very much linked to our time. The piece could be considered a play, based on a script written by Jonathon Young that is expressed by four dancers that share a heated conversation around a conference table, symbolizing a corporate environment. Control, moral conflicts, responsibility and the inability to escape make The Statement a gripping piece that offers the audience a captivating wedge of realism.

The Statement - Crystal Pite

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

Shoot the Moon - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
In Shoot the Moon you catch glimpses of the love life of three different couples. Revolving walls covered in black-and-white wallpaper create three separate rooms, each containing its own love story. The door and windows to the other room seem to be simultaneously open and closed; accessible yet unattainable. New worlds beckon behind them, yet to they are always out of reach. Shoot the Moon is about the one thing that can create or change it: the emotions hidden inside our relationships.

Shoot the Moon - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot