Sad Case | Handman | Cacti



Sad Case | Handman | Cacti

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 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 on a yearly basis for an international audience of 115.000 visitors in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. Since its foundation in 1959, this rebellious pioneering company has built a rich repertoire of over 600 ballets, by master choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, renowned house choreographers Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, associate choreographers Crystal Pite, and Marco Goecke and high-profiled guests such as Johan Inger, Medhi Walerski, Alexander Ekman, Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier, Hofesh Shechter, Edward Clug, and Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar.

In 1978, NDT founded a second division to feed the main company with young talent. In the time span of three years, NDT 2 prepares sixteen classically trained dancers from around the world for NDT 1.Whereas the first company offer a chance for the dancers to further develop their artistic personality, the second company, NDT 2 offers a varied repertoire consisting of works by established choreographers as well as upcoming stars, such as Jiří Pokorný, Edward Clug, Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal. One of the objectives of NDT 2, is to acquaint the dancers with a lexicon of dance languages. Working together with upcoming choreographers, provides the dancers with the opportunity to learn to react quickly to different dance languages, techniques and working methods.

At NDT’s home base in The Hague, all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to contribute a new energy to contemporary dance in the Netherlands as well as abroad.

Sad Case

Sad Case was created in 1998 when Sol León was seven months pregnant with their daughter. Since then the ballet has been modified into an adapted version. Surprising and earthly movements on Mexican mambo music show a continual search for the tension between satirical and classic moments.


Handman takes you for a smooth ride on an undriven road, where short encounters unfold between man and woman, women and women, woman and men, men and men and man and Handman. The title refers to a particular moment in the piece, which might go unnoticed. dancers during the creation of this piece.


Alexander Ekman calls himself a ‘rhythm freak’, as one of his trademarks is designing contemporary soundscapes. This choreography, for which he merely used classical music, resulted in a new arrangement of Schubert’s Der Tod und das Mädchen, created together with Holland Symphonia. In addition, the dancers become the instruments for the orchestra.

Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Sad Case | Handman | Cacti

Sad Case

Előadják / Performed by
Alice Godfrey, Paxton Ricketts, Rachel McNamee, Guido Dutilh, Benjamin Behrends

Zene / Music: Perez Prado, Alberto Domínguez, Ernesto Lecuona, Ray Barretto, Trio Los Panchos, Augustin Lara
Díszlet és jelmezek / Sets and costumes: Sol León, Paul Lightfoot
Világosítás / Lighting: Tom Bevoort
Koreográfia / Choreographed by Sol León, Paul Lightfoot


Előadják / Performed by
Alice Godfrey, Alexander Anderson, Aya Misaki, Hélias Tur-Dorvault
Madoka Kariya, Guido Dutilh, Fay van Baar, Miguel Duarte, Benjamin Behrends

Zene / Music: Milko Lazar: Piano and drums (2015), Simonec: Dismissed; Drum & Drone
Világosítás / Lighting: Tom Visser
Díszlet és jelmezek / Sets and costumes: Edward Clug
Koreográfia / Choreographed by Edward Clug


Előadják / Performed by
Eve-Marie Dalcourt, Hélias Tur-Dorvault, Fay van Baar, Alexander Anderson, Alice Godfrey, Benjamin Behrends, Madoka Kariya, Miguel Duarte, Thalia Crymble, Guido Dutilh, Rachel McNamee, Boston Gallacher, Aya Misaki, Surimu Fukushi, Amanda Mortimore, Paxton Ricketts

Zene / Music: Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, D-moll szimfónia “A halál és a lányka” IV: Presto Franz Schubert, zenekarra alkalmazta / adapted to orchestra: Andy Stein, Allegro, Joseph Haydn A-dúr vonósnégyeséből Opus 9, No 6. A vonósnégyes felvételeit Harmen Straatman készítette
Világosítás / Lighting: Tom Visser
Díszlet és jelmezek / Sets and costumes: Alexander Ekman
Szöveg / Text by Spenser Theberge
Koreográfia / Choreographed by Alexander Ekman

Press quotes:
“NDT 2 is a distinct phenomenon, and phenomenal” THE INDEPENDENT
The dancers of NDT 2 in Friday night’s performance at the Joyce look absolutely primed for main-company action. They are pliant, exquisite technicians with superb musicality and sense of dynamics. THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A night of superlatives: the youth arm of the famed NDT makes a stunning debut (…) it’s ranks are filled with prodigiously talented dancers” THE STRAITS TIMES
“The dancers are beautifully articulated, knife-edge virtuosi, with an assurance that belies their youth.” DANCING TIMES
“The juniors already have their own, significant style, full of vigor, extraordinary flexibility and exceptional passion. The group impresses by strength, cogency and talent.” LE QUOTIDIEN
“Every time NDT 2 hits our stages, the usual superlatives fall flat in speechless admiration at 16 dancers, who can handle anything the top-ranking choreographers care to task them with.”

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