Nederlands Dans Theater returns to Montreal in force, after a twenty year absence, with a much anticipated show featuring its world renowned exceptional dancers. Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot in choreographic partnership with his long time accomplice and artistic advisor Sol León display their rich signature style developed in Sehnsucht and Stop Motion. Aesthetically very different, these two works deploy sophisticated choreography in an efficient, minimalist set design: an open cube suspended in mid-air for the first piece, and video projections on large screens for the second, with the lighting transforming the space as much as in In the Event by Crystal Pite. With its shadow play, slow motion movement, syncopated gestures and arrested motions, she offers here one of her most touching works. A dance of great beauty, rich in nuance and virtuosity. An event.
Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies. Since its founding in 1959, this rebellious company has built a rich repertoire of 600 works by master choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, NDT’s house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and associate choreographers Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke. The dancers of NDT are renowned for their versatility, astonishing technique and virtuosic expression. At NDT’s home base, all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a unique worldwide breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to let the future of dance take shape.
“The dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater showed just how wonderfully exhilarating contemporary dance can be.” − The Daily Telegraph, Sydney
The dazzling Nederlands Dans Theater is back in Montreal with a beautiful dance piece that highlights the virtuosity and versatility of its dancers. The program consists of two works by the European choreographers Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, plus a surprising piece by Crystal Pite. A major event.
Photo © Rahi Rezvani
In their 30 years as a choreographic duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have built a rich repertoire of over fifty works which show a wide range of compelling pieces that, however diverse, share a strong, innovative artistic voice. They have mastered a powerful, yet tender and sometimes humorous dance aesthetic that is consistently rooted in emotion and often leans on theatrical aspects. As house choreographers of NDT since 2...Read more about Sol León
Photo © Rahi Rezvani
In their 26 years as a choreographic duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have built a rich repertoire of over fifty works which show a wide range of compelling pieces that, however diverse, share a strong, innovative artistic voice. They have mastered a powerful, yet tender and sometimes humorous dance aesthetic that is consistently rooted in emotion and often leans on theatrical aspects. As house choreographers of NDT since 2...Read more about Paul Lightfoot
Photo © Michael Slobodian.
Canadian choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created over 40 works for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de...Read more about Crystal Pite
Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies, under artistic guidance of choreographer Paul Lightfoot. The Dutch troupe is based in The Hague, but performs for over 115.000 visitors in Europe as well as in the USA, Asia and Australia. Since its founding in 1959, this rebellious top company has built a rich repertoire of 600 works by master choreographers such as Jiří Kylián a...Read more about Nederlands Dans Theater
Music Ludwig van Beethoven Pianoconcerto Nr. 3 in C-minor, Opus 37: Movement II: Largo. Symphony Nr. 5 in C-minor, Opus 67: Movement III: Allegro and Movement IV: Allegro-Presto. Pianoconcerto Nr. 4 in G-major. Opus 58: Movement II: Andante con Moto. Recording by Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan (Symphony Nr. 5) and conducted by Claudio Abbado (Pianoconcertos Nr. 3 & 4); pianist Maurizio Pollini. Lighting Tom Bevoort. Costumes and decor Sol León, Paul Lightfoot.
World premiere 7 May 2009, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague. World premiere extended version 25 November 2010, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague.
In the Event
Music Owen Belton – new composition; piano recording Jan Schouten. Decor Jay Gower Taylor. Costumes Crystal Pite, Joke Visser.
World premiere 16 April 2015, Lucent Danstheater The Hague.
Music Max Richter Ocean House Mirror, Powder Pills Truth, He is here, Everything is burning, November, Monologue, A lover’s complaint, On the Shore, End title, Sorrow Atoms, How to die in Oregon. Lighting Tom Bevoort. Decor Sol León, Paul Lightfoot. Costumes Joke Visser, Hermien Hollander. Video Sol León, Paul Lightfoot (concept), Rahi Rezvani (camera and direction), Dicky Schuttel (camera), Dicky Schuttel, Harmen Straatman (editing).
World premiere 29 January 2014, Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag.