Nederlands Dans Theater 2

17.07 | THU | 22:00
18.07 | FRI | 22:00

Kalamata Dance Megaron - Main Hall

The 20th Kalamata International Dance Festival welcomes the Nederlands Dans Theater 2, in an encounter with technical mastery, expressiveness, poetry. The world-renowned Dutch ensemble introduces us to its team of talented young performers, aged 17-23, founded in 1978.

The Nederlands Dans Theater as a creative artistic group is always on the lookout for extraordinary talent and productive collaborations. The choreographer Paul Lightfoot, who has led the company since 2011, after Jiří Kylián’s inspired 36-year-long artistic direction, signals the enduring continuity of the historic ensemble in its ongoing quest for innovation and the extraordinary artistic quality of its performances. Masterfully balancing contemporary freedom and classical refinement, NDT 2 presents four choreographies in Kalamata:

Gods and Dogs (2008). Jiří Kylián’s 100th choreography for NDT is one of the brilliant choreographer’s masterpieces. This enigmatic ballet visualizes the fine line between normality and abnormality. 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 for Most Impressive Dance Production 2009.

Shutters Shut (2003). Sol León and Paul Lightfoot translate into human movement Gertrude Stein’s poem ‘If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso’ (1923).  Interestingly, the short, brilliant piece is set to the words spoken by the American author, rather than to music, the body language blending seamlessly into the poem.

Subject to Change (2003). The inseparable choreographic duo of Sol León (Spain) and Paul Lightfoot (U.K.) meditate on physical decline and death. Winner of the Zwaan Award for Best Dance Production in 2003.

Cacti (2008, premiere 2010). A piece by former NDT 2 dancer and associate choreographer at NDT since 2011-2012, Alexander Ekman. The 30-year-old Swede has created a hilarious, energetic choreography of whip-smart timing and superb style for a large group of dancers, a tender comment on the affectation that sometimes plagues dance as high art.



Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Artistic Director: Paul Lightfoot
Choreographers: Alexander Ekman, Jiří Kylián, Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Performed by: Luke Cinque-White, Olivier Coeffard, Spencer Dickhaus, Clément Haenen, Chuck Jones, Gregory Lau, David Ledger, Luna Mertens, Imre van Opstal, Xanthe van Opstal, Dévi Selly, Yukino Takaura, Fernando Troya, Casia Vengoechea, Clara Villalba, Richèl Wieles, Katarina van den Wouwer

an unfinished work
Choreography & Set design: Jiří Kylián
Staged by: Gerald Tibbs
Music: Jiří Kylián (concept), Dirk Haubrich, Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18, No. 1 in F [1799], Movements 1: Allegro con brio & 2: Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
Light design: Kees Tjebbes
Costume design: Joke Visser
Video projection: Tatsuo Unemi, Daniel Bisig
Duration: 24′


Choreography: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Light design: Tom Bevoort
Poem by Gertrude Stein read by the author: "If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso" (1923)
Duration: 4′

Choreography, Set & Costume design: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Staged by: Hedda Twiehaus
Music: Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in d-minor, "Der Tod und das Mädchen" [Death and the Maiden], D 810 (1824),  Movement 2: Andante con moto, arranged for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler (1894)
Light design: Tom Bevoort
Duration: 18′


CACTI (2008)
Choreography, Set & Costume design: Alexander Ekman
Staged by: Urtzi Aranburu

Joseph Haydn: Sonate No. V ‘Sitio’ from Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, (Hob. XX, 1B)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String quartet No. 9 in C, Op. 59, Movement 2: Andante con moto quasi allegretto
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in d-minor, ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen’ [Death and the Maiden], D 810 (1824), Movement 4: Presto, arranged for orchestra by Andy Stein and for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler
Joseph Haydn: String quartet, Op. 9, No. 6 in A, Movement 4: Allegro
String Quartet recorded by Harmen Straatman: Tinta Schmidt von Altenstadt (first violin), Saskia Viersen (second violin), David Marks (alto violin), Artur Trajko (cello)
Light design: Tom Visser
Lyrics: Spenser Theberge
Duration: 27′

With the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Athens