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“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
In this programme:
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.
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.
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.
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.