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NDT ready for groundbreaking season 2013 - 2014

14 Aug 2013

Ten world premieres, ten internationally renowned choreographers, 48 dancers in eight excellent eclectic programs. Over one hundred performances in The Netherlands, of which thirty in home base Lucent Dans Theater The Hague, two premieres in Amsterdam and at least thirty performances worldwide. A new talented associate choreographer, exciting international partnerships, reentering the club scene with MOTUS II and lots, lots of live music. This season NDT continues its artistic journey.

Resident choreographers Sol León & Paul Lightfoot create new work in their poignant, whimsical dance language for Program III, which will premiere during the Holland Dance Festival. Holland Symfonia will accompany the performance live in The Hague and Amsterdam. Also in their hands is this season’s finale: Program V will be accompanied by the world famous Kronos Quartet from San Francisco. Of the acclaimed duo NDT 1 resumes Skipping over Damaged Area in Program II and NDT 2 Postscript in Program B, with live music of Philip Glass presented by a violinist and pianist.
Former resident choreographer Jiří Kylián has created more than one hundred ballets for NDT. From July 2014 Kylián’s repertoire will temporarily make way for a new generation of artists. This season’s Program I is a tribute to his artistic legacy.
NDT has a close relationship with associate choreographers Crystal Pite, Johan Inger and Alexander Ekman. Starting this season the German innovator Marco Goecke is added to this impressive list. Earlier in his career, Goecke created Nichts and Garbo Laughs for the company. This season Goecke and video artist Jason Akira Somma produce a new work for Program III and NDT 2 resumes Nichts in Program A. Program II shows new work of creative centipede Ekman and a reprise of Pite's melancholic Solo Echo. Finally, following the success of last year’s I New Then, Inger will create a new piece for NDT 2 in Program B.
No less than three renowned choreographers are invited to The Hague. This season Program IV is dedicated to the work by the Israeli-British Hofesh Shechter: for the first time Uprising and In Your Rooms will be performed by another company than his own. The pieces will be accompanied by live music composed by Shechter. Argentinean born Gabriela Carrizo experiments with the NDT 1 dancers in Program II. The Spaniard Cayetano Soto creates a new ballet for the dancers of NDT 2 in Program A.

Both NDT companies will travel abroad frequently to cities such as Los Angeles, Berkeley, London, Paris and Hamburg. The international footprint of NDT is even more pronounced by working together with the world famous Mariinsky in St. Petersburg. The Mariinsky Ballet, the oldest classical company in the world, visits The Hague in November to perform and celebrate this unique and meaningful relationship.

Talent development
Without the development of dance talent in NDT 2 there is no excellent NDT 1; this season NDT 2 presents Programs A and B. Just as important is working with upcoming choreographers. In coproduction with Korzo tomorrows choreographers - such as Jiři Pokorný, Menghan Lou, Imre & Marne van Opstal - are introduced in programs such as Up & Coming, Here we live and now and Voorjaarsontwaken. NDT dancers present their own choreographies in Switch '14 and young dance talent is brought home by the prestigious NDT Summer Intensive course.

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