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Nederlands Dans Theater - NDT 1

7th and 8zh April 2023.

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La Ruta

direction: Gabriela Carrizo
creation: Chloé Albaret, Alexander Andison, Thalia Crymble, César Faria Fernandes, Scott Fowler, Surimu Fukushi, Boston Gallacher, Charlie Skuy, Yukino Takaura
artistic assistants: Louis-Clement da Costa, Francesca Caroti
music dramaturgy: Raphaëlle Latini
music: Raphaëlle Latini (composition), Leopold Stokowski, Houston Symphony Orchestra: Eternal Memory (Adagio), Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphonie no. 11 (part: Eternal Memory – Adagio) performed by Leopold Stokowski, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony no. 14 (part: La Suicidé). Published: © Boosey & Hawkes, London/Albersen Verhuur B.V., ’s-Gravenhage. Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Biber: Battalia für streicher und basso continuo 4 Satz. Der Mars alla Marcia. SWR Classic
light design: Tom Visser
set design: Amber Vandenhoeck
costume design: Gabriela Carrizo, Yolanda Klompstra, Isabel Blokland

duration: 35’
premiere: Amare, The Hague, 2022.

photo: Rahi Rezvani

It’s very difficult to organise a dream, because when you organise it, you wake up. When you take control of a dream, you understand that you are sleeping. This is why, to dream you need to be unprotected.
T. Currentzis

Someone walks alone/cutting the night into fragments of roads
The night is wounded/ bleeding through the cracks of a dream
Wounds scatter/ the breath of animals asleep/ the perfume of lilies
Eyes close and open/ night remains night

Born in Argentina in 1970, Gabriela Carrizo started dancing at a multidisciplinary school when she was 10. Until the age of 19 she dances and creates her first choreographies with the University for Ballet in Córdoba. She moves to Brussels to work with Caroline Marcadé and within next few years she is engaged in different projects in Paris and Brussels. In 1994 she creates solo “Et tutto sara d’ombra et di caline” and from 1995, she works with Alain Platel for the performances “La Tristeza Complice” and “Iets op Bach”. Furthermore, she works with Needcompany for the production “Images of affection” and with Alain Platel she creates choreography for the opera ”Wolf”. In 2000, she establishes the company Peeping Tom with Franck Chartier. Their first productions were “Caravana” and “Une Vie Inutile”. From 2002 to 2007, they created the famous trilogy “Le Jardin” (2002), “Le Salon” (2004) and “Le Sous Sol” (2007). The trilogy was followed by “32 rue Vandenbranden” (2009) and “A Louer“ (2011). In 2013, Carizzo created “The missing door” for NDT 1. Later she directed “Mother”, as part of the trilogy about the family, starting with “Father” and ending with “Child”. The performances “A Louer”, “32 rue Vandenbranden”, “Vader”, “Child” and “Diptych: The missing door and The Lost Room” were presented at the Belgrade Dance Festival, while for the “Diptych”, the Carizzo and Chartier have received Festival’s Jovan Ćirilov award.

Gods and Dogs

an unfinished work

choreography, décor: Jiří Kylián
staged by: Urtzi Aranburu
music: Jiří Kylián (concept), Dirk Haubrich (composition)
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet Opus 18, Nr.1 in F-major [1799]; Movement II, Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
light: Kees Tjebbes
costumes: Joke Visser
video projection: Dag Johan Haugerud, Cecilie Semec
computer projection: Tatsuo Unemi, Daniel Bisig

duration: 24’
premiere: Lucent Danstheater, The Hague, 2008.

photo: Joris-Jan Bos

This is the 100th choreography Jiří Kylián created for NDT. This mysterious work by the master choreographer visualizes the fine line between normality and abnormality. Or as he puts it: surely no positive developments can ever be accomplished without the help of a healthy portion of madness. “Gods and Dogs” is called ‘an unfinished work’, referring to Kylián’s fascination for the beauty of what is left incomplete in life. “Gods and Dogs” won the Dutch Swan Award for the most impressive dance production in 2009.

The world-renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián was the artistic director of NDT for nearly a quarter century. He remained house choreographer until 2009. Kylián’s exceeding body of work counts 100 creations to date, of which no less than 75 were especially created for NDT. Numerous dance companies and schools around the world frequently perform Kylián’s masterpieces. Kylián has received many prestigious, international awards and honours, among which an election as foreign associate member of the prestigious French Académie des Beaux-Arts, for the newly founded choreography section of the Academy. Kylián is also first choreographer who has received the Jovan Ćirilov Award of the Belgrade Dance Festival.

In “Gods and Dogs”, Kylian portrays an indefinable, hallucinating world in which “the opposite” and “the uncommon” takes shape in all sorts of manners.
© De Volkskrant

Figures in Extinction [1.0]

creators: Crystal Pite with Simon McBurney
NDT assistants to the creators: Lucas Crandall, Ander Zabala
music: Owen Belton
musical fragments: Perfume Genius (Michael Hadreas): Normal Song. Licensed courtesy of Matador Records. © Published by Hipgnosis SFH I Limited. Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Blick Bassy: Aké. Written by Olama Blick Bassy & Clement Petit. Published by No Format! / Collect! © Music Publishers BV. Licensed by Alter K/Collect! © Music Publishers BV
sound design: Benjamin Grant
textual excerpts: “Why Look at Animals?” by John Berger © John Berger, 2009 & John Berger Estate
voices: Simon McBurney, Mamie McBurney, Max Casella, David Annen
light design: Tom Visser
scenic design: Jay Gower Taylor
reflective light backdrop: Jay Gower Taylor, Tom Visser
costume design: Nancy Bryant
puppet direction: Toby Sedgwick
puppet design and built: Jochen Lange
video editor: Ennya Larmit
senior producer for Complicite: Tim Bell

co-production: Nederlands Dans Theater & Complicite

trajanje: 30’
premijera: Amare, The Hague, 2022.

photo: Rahi Rezvani

The Canadian top choreographer Crystal Pite puts one of the most important issues of our time on stage in “Figures in Extinction [1.0]“ dealing with climate change and global warming. She does that almost literally. With overwhelming images she makes a dance-theatrical variant of a disturbing nature documentary about the list of extinct animal species and disappeared glaciers.

Born and raised on the Canadian West Coast, choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt. Pite’s choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created for NDT, Cullberg Ballet, Ballet Frankfurt, National Ballet of Canada, Ballets Jazz Montreal (resident choreographer, 2001-2004), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and several independent dance artists like Louise Lecavalier. Pite is associate choreographer of NDT and Associate Dance Artist of National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In 2001 she formed Kidd Pivot and continues to create and perform in her own work. The company tours nationally and internationally, performing such highly demanded and critically acclaimed works as: “Dark Matters”, “Lost Action”, “The You Show”, “Tempest Replica”, “Betroffenheit”… Kidd Pivot's residency at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt has provided her the opportunity to create and intensively present her work in Europe. Crystal Pite is a Member of the Order of Canada. Her other awards and honors include the Benois de la Danse, Canada Council Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, Grand Prix de la Danse de Montréal, two UK Critics’ Circle Dance Awards and three Laurence Olivier Awards.

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is one of the world's leading contemporary dance companies. The group is based in The Hague, but performs for an international audience of 150.000 visitors in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Since its founding in 1959 by Benjamin Harkarvy, Aart Verstegen and Carel Birnie in collaboration with eighteen dancers from the Dutch National Ballet (then known as Nederlands Ballet), NDT has paved its own way in the modern dance field. Choreographers such as Glen Tetley and Hans van Manen have prominently left an avant-garde mark on the artistic face of the company. Their nonconformist, progressive productions put NDT on the national and international map. Since then, the company has built a rich repertoire, consisting of more than 620 works by master choreographers Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen, Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke, Johan Inger, Medhi Walerski, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman, Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier, Hofesh Shechter, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar and many others. The first company, NDT 1, consists of 27 phenomenal dancers from all over the world, aged 23 to 40 years old. The dancers are world famous for their theatricality, stunning technique and unparalleled expression. Each season, the first company performs four Dutch programs in addition to numerous large tours through either Asia, the United States, South America or Australia. From their home base in The Hague, both companies (NDT 1 and NDT 2) work continuously to make a significant contribution to the future of contemporary dance, both in the Netherlands and far beyond. Since season 2020/21, NDT is led by Artistic Director Emily Molnar.

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

They are the world’s most magnificent dancers!
© The Sunday Herald

Every now and then, one encounters a dance show of such visual originality, such technical brilliance and such emotional potency that you feel you are witnessing the reinvention of the art form.
© The Telegraph