Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is both ambitious and idiosyncratic as one of the most productive dance companies in the Netherlands, if not the world. NDT shows an unprecedented number of new ballets, with nine world premieres in the 2015-16 season alone. The company was founded in 1959 by Benjamin Harkarvy, Aart Verstegen, and Carel Birnie in cooperation with 18 dancers from Het Nationaal Ballet. NDT has tried to pave its own way in the modern dance field, incorporating an avant-garde aesthetic and nonconformist, progressive production, which has put the company on the national and international map.
This program features the choreography of NDT artistic director Paul Lightfoot and house choreographer Sol León in “Singulière Odyssée” and “Shoot the Moon,” a heartbreaking view of the love life of three different couples in three different rooms, set to music by Philip Glass.
Rounding out the program is former NDT member Crystal Pite’s 2016 work “The Statement,” which features two men and two women dealing with a conflict in a boardroom setting with Jonathan Young (from the 2016-17 season’s Betroffenheit) providing the script/score.
Nederlands Dans Theater
Paul Lightfoot, artistic director
Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m.
Lightfoot/León – Shoot the Moon
Pite – The Statement
Lightfoot/León – Singulière Odyssée
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Opening Night Post-Performance Q&A
Must have a ticket to the performance to attend. Friday, March 23
You Can Dance: Nederlands Dans Theater
Dancers from NDT will lead an exploration of the company’s movement style. No dance training or experience necessary, and all levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome. Free, but first come, first served until studio reaches capacity. Sign-up begins at 12:50 pm. Saturday, March 24 from 1:30-2:50 at the Ann Arbor YMCA (400 W Washington St).
Supporting Sponsors: Cheryl Cassidy and Level X Talent
Funded in part by: The Wallace Foundation
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