NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER
We are delighted to share NDT's 2022-2023 season with you! This programme intersects a multiplicity of ideas, perspectives, and styles by some of today’s most passionate, emerging and established voices working in contemporary dance.
26, 27, 28, 29 January 2023 / NDT 2
Nadav Zelner - Bedtime Story / Marco Goecke - The Big Crying / Edward Clug - Cluster @ Stadttheater Fürth, Fürth (DE)
1, 2 February 2023 / NDT 2
Nadav Zelner - Bedtime Story / Marco Goecke - The Big Crying / Edward Clug - Cluster @ Theater Gütersloh, Gütersloh (DE)
4, 5 February 2023 / NDT 2
Nadav Zelner - Bedtime Story / Marco Goecke - The Big Crying / Edward Clug - Cluster @ Les Théâtres de la Ville / Grand Théâtre, Luxemburg (LU)
8 February 2023 / NDT 2
Nadav Zelner - Bedtime Story / Marco Goecke - The Big Crying / Edward Clug - Cluster @ Stadttheater Aschaffenburg / Stadthalle am Schloss, Aschaffenburg (DE)
9 February 2023 / NDT 1
Marco Goecke - In the Dutch Mountains @ Amare, Den Haag (NL) premiere
10, 11 February 2023 / NDT 1
Marco Goecke - In the Dutch Mountains @ Amare, Den Haag (NL)
10, 11 February 2023 / NDT 2
Nadav Zelner - Bedtime Story / Marco Goecke - The Big Crying / Edward Clug - Cluster @ Forum am Schlosspark, Ludwigsburg (DE)
16 February 2023 / NDT 1
19 February 2023 / NDT 1
Marco Goecke - In the Dutch Mountains @ SPOT / Stadsschouwburg, Groningen (NL)
23, 24, 25 February 2023 / NDT 1
Marco Goecke - In the Dutch Mountains @ Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
28 February 2023 / NDT 1
Marco Goecke - In the Dutch Mountains @ Parktheater Eindhoven, Eindhoven (NL)
The mission of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is to offer unique experiences and perspectives in dance that engage conversation and promote diversity. NDT is a leading contemporary dance company dedicated to creation, research, and talent development. In its commitment to innovation throughout all aspects of the company, NDT collaborates with international choreographers and artists and connects with audiences and communities in The Hague, the Netherlands, and all over the world.
At the heart of NDT is a commitment to collaboration, curiosity, innovation and community. Like all art, dance creates, provokes and inspires an open space for dialogue towards an inclusive society. We believe every human being deserves to experience the pleasure of art and that today, more than ever, we need channels of expression to help us examine the world.
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 non-conformist, progressive productions put NDT on the national and international map.
Since then, the company has built a rich repertoire, consisting of more than 620 ballets by master choreographers Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen, Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke, Johan Inger, Medhi Walerski, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman, Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier, Hofesh Shechter, Edward Clug and Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar and many others.
The first company, NDT 1, consists of 28 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.
In 1978 the company founded NDT 2 under the inspiring leadership of Jiří Kylián. In a three year trajectory, this second company prepares sixteen recently graduated, often classically trained dancers, for the world top. Initially, NDT 2 was considered a talent development program from which the greatest talents could progress to NDT 1. Over the years, and under the former leadership of Arlette van Boven, Gerald Tibbs and Fernando Hernando Magadan, NDT 2 has developed into an independent company with its own repertoire and extensive national and international touring schedule. The collaboration with many (upcoming) choreographers gives dancers the opportunity to quickly assimilate to different dance languages, techniques and working methods.
From their home base in The Hague, both companies work continuously to make a significant contribution to the future of contemporary dance, both in the Netherlands and far beyond. Dance talent, choreographic innovation, experimentation and a high degree of productivity – the company creates an average of 10 new works per season – define NDT since its early beginnings.
“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
“If the world’s dance companies occupied the shelves of a bar, Nederlands Dans Theater would sit comfortably on the top like a fine liquor — smooth, complex, potent.” The New York Times
“The dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater showed just how wonderfully exhilarating contemporary dance can be.” The Daily Telegraph Sydney
“Raw, organic and in your face […].” TROUW “They are the world’s most magnificent dancers: a retina-shredding spectacle of passion and power” The Sunday Herald
“Unpredictable NDT is memorably modern” LA Times
“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
“If you see only one live performance this year… NDT is the one to see.” The New York Times
TALENT DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION
As a professional dance company with a rich history and an enormous dedication to a meaningful contribution to the art of dance, it is also very important for NDT to pay attention to the support and cultivation of dance talent.
The Talent Development & Education department organizes a wide range of activities every season in which various target groups get to know NDT in different ways. The Education activities mainly focus on children in primary school. Projects such as Danser in de klas and the recently designed dance apps are good examples of this. However, the talent development projects are aimed at developing dance talent at both amateur and professional levels. Examples include the Young Talent Project (YTP) and the NDT Summer Intensive.