Nederlands Dans Theater 2

I New Then

Ever since it was founded in 1959, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) has been a phenomenon, not only in terms of dance quality, but also as a never-ending source of more and more new choreographic voices of immense significance. Without a doubt, the founding of a second ensemble in 1978, the junior company NDT 2, to supplement the larger NDT 1, has made a substantial contribution to NDT’s ongoing success. What was a bold idea at the time set standards for many others, because there are a great number of such companies today. NDT 2 never ceases to attract young dancers between the ages of 17 and 24 from all over the world to the Netherlands. Here, they have a unique opportunity to already work regularly with the dance scene’s elite at an early stage in their careers. Thus, in a one-of-a-kind creative atmosphere, they are not only shaped as dancers, but they also gain important skills for a later career in choreography. Affiliated with the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps since the early years, NDT presents its junior company in this edition of the festival, along with a programme encompassing everything that makes this ensemble’s performances such a special treat: top-quality choreographies, as guaranteed by the names Hans van Manen, Johan Inger, Edward Clug and León & Lightfoot, presented with brilliant dance technique, terrific speed, great elegance – and often a good dash of humour.

Edward Clug

Edward Clug

This Romanian, born in 1973, is the artistic director of Slovenia’s Maribor Ballet. He gained international recognition as a choreographer with his piece Radio and Juliet (2005), set to music by Radiohead. In 2015, he debuted at NDT with mutual comfort for NDT 2. In the 2016/17 season, Ballet Zurich added his version of Stravinsky’s Sacre to its repertoire. After several pieces for NDT 2, Clug has choreographed a piece for NDT 1 for the first time in the 2017/18 season. Picture: Benjamin Švarc

Johan Inger

Johan Inger

Johan Inger of Stockholm began his dance career at the Royal Swedish Ballet. In 1990, he joined NDT, where he developed to become one of the ensemble’s highest-profile dancers and started to choreograph. Stylistically, his movement language is strongly influenced by Jiří Kylián and Mats Ek. From 2003 to 2008, he directed the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden. From 2009 to 2015, he worked as associate choreographer at NDT. He is also sought-after worldwide as a guest choreographer. Picture: Urban Jörén

Sol León

Sol León

Sol León comes from Córdoba, Spain. After studying dance in Madrid, she joined NDT 2 in 1987. Two years later, she switched to NDT 1, where she began to choreograph together with Paul Lightfoot. Since 1989 the duo has created more than fifty pieces for the company. In 2002, they were appointed as house choreographers at NDT. Sol León has been working as an artistic advisor at NDT since 2012. León & Lightfoot have received numerous awards (e.g. a Prix Benois de la Danse in 2004 for “Signing Off”). Picture: Rahi Rezvani

Paul Lightfoot

Paul Lightfoot

Paul Lightfoot was born in Kingsley, England, and trained as a dancer at the Royal Ballet School in London. He joined NDT 2 in 1985 and switched to NDT 1 two years later. Since 1989, he has created over fifty pieces together with his creative partner Sol León. In 2002, León & Lightfoot were appointed as house choreographers at NDT. Paul Lightfoot has been the artistic director of NDT since September 2011. Picture: Rahi Rezvani

Hans van Manen

Hans van Manen

Hans van Manen (b. 1932) of the Netherlands is one of the most significant choreographers of our times. He started his career in 1951 as a dancer at Sonia Gaskell’s Ballet Recital. One year later, he switched to Nederlandse Opera Ballet, where he also appeared as a choreographer for the first time in 1957. After an intermediate period at Roland Petit’s company in Paris, he joined the newly founded NDT in 1960. Here, he worked from 1961 to 1971 as artistic director. In the following years, he mainly choreographed for NDT and Het Nationale Ballet, but today his name is to be found in the repertoire of almost every renowned ballet company worldwide. This artist, whose oeuvre now includes around 130 creations, has won many awards (e.g. the German Dance Prize in 1993, and a Prix Benois de la Danse in 2005 and 2013). Stylistically, he continues the modern classicism of Balanchine, putting his own take on it with tremendous clarity. He has a substantial, deep understanding of music. He is also highly renowned as a photographer. Picture: Erwin Olaf


I New Then1
Short Cut2
mutual comfort3


1Johan Inger; 2Hans van Manen; 3Edward Clug; 4Sol León & Paul Lightfoot


1Van Morrison; 2Jacob ter Veldhuis; 3Milko Lazar; 4Livingston & David (The Mills Brothers); Stan Freberg/Stone/Liebert; Turner Layton & Clarence Johnstone: (Razaf-Denniker & Lawrence); Olavi Virta; Arturo Cuartero; Sterck, Sexton & Turner (Vera Lynn); Keyes, Feaster, McRae & Edwards

Stage design

1Johan Inger; 2Keso Dekker; 3Edward Clug; 4Sol León, Paul Lightfoot


1Bregje van Balen; 2Keso Dekker; 3Edward Clug; 4Sol León, Paul Lightfoot


1Tom Visser; 2Jan Hofstra; 3Tom Visser; 4Tom Bevoort


19; 24; 34; 410


123rd of February 2012, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague (NL); 227th of January 1999, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague; 319th of March 2015, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague; 4NDT 1, 5th of October 2000, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague; NDT2, 30th of March 2017, Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague

Swiss premieres:

Short Cut, SH-BOOM!

More information:

Nederlands Dans Theater