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One of the leading companies world-wide in contemporary dance
Nederlands Dans Theater originated in 1959 when 22 people broke free from the Nederlands Ballet. These rebels were impassioned by dance and the desire to give it a style all their own. Under the direction of Carel Birnie and Benjamin Harkarvy they steadily built a different repertoire of modern dance. Over fifty years later Nederlands Dans Theater has become one of the leading dance companies in the world. A rich repertoire has been built up with works from master choreographers Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen, as well as from resident choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, associate choreographers Crystal Pite and Johan Inger and many other guest choreographers like Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato and William Forsythe. Under the direction of artistic director Paul Lightfoot Nederlands Dans Theater attracts full houses world-wide.
    
Through the years, but particularly in its hey-day under former artistic director Jiří Kylián, Nederlands Dans Theater has done pioneering work in contemporary dance. Ballets originally made for Nederlands Dans Theater are still danced all over the world. Numerous dancers and choreographers that once started with the company have set up their own dance companies world-wide. This is how Nederlands Dans Theater’s influence spreads further and further.
  
Nederlands Dans Theater has two companies, with two generations of dancers.
 
Nederlands Dans Theater 1
The big company was founded in 1959 and consists of thirty dancers. They vary in age from 23 to 42 and each one of them excels in their solo qualities. These phenomenal dancers and the multifaceted repertoire they bring to the stage attract full houses all over the world.
  
Nederlands Dans Theater 2
The company was founded in 1978 for young upcoming talent with an astonishing technique and endless energy and currently consists of sixteen dancers up to the age of 23. Nederlands Dans Theater 2 is a revolutionary breeding ground of talent and dances repertoire of established choreographers and new creations by upcoming choreography talents. The artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 is Gerald Tibbs.

Press quotes
“If you see one live performance this year…Nederlands Dans Theater is the one to see” (New York Times)
“A team of heartbreakingly sleek and avid dancers” (The Guardian)
“Nederlands Dans Theater I offer startling imagery, stunning dancers and world-class choreography”. (The Daily Telegraph)

Paul Lightfoot
Künstlerischer Leiter Nederlands Dans Theater

Paul Lightfoot wurde in Kingsley, England, geboren und an der Royal Ballet School in London zum Tänzer ausgebildet. 1985 kam er zum Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) 2 und wechselte zwei Jahre später von der Junioren- in die Hauptkompanie, die er als Tänzer mitprägte. Schon während seiner Karriere als Tänzer begann er mit dem Choreografieren, das er 1988 im Rahmen des jährlichen NDT-Workshops für sich entdeckt hatte.
Nach diesem Workshop entwickelte er 1989 THE BARD OF AVON für das NDT 2, viele weitere Ballette für
alle drei NDT-Kompanien folgten. Seine Choreografien entstehen in enger Zusammenarbeit mit Sol León, eine kreative Verbindung, die bis heute andauert.
Seit 1989 erarbeiten Paul Lightfoot und Sol León gemeinsam Stücke für das NDT; im August 2002 wurden sie zu Haus - Choreografen des NDT ernannt. Gemeinsam haben sie rund 40 Werke für diese Kompanie geschaffen. Für das Stück SIGNING OFF wurden sie 2005 mit dem Prix Benois de la danse ausgezeichnet. 2007 initiierten Sol León und Paul Lightfoot ein Projekt zur Unterstützung von Straßenkindern in Bangladesch.

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