NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER 1
|CHOREOGRAPHIE, BÜHNE, KOSTÜME||SOL LEÓN & PAUL LIGHTFOOT|
|MUSIK||JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: FROM SUITE IN C-MINOR, BWV 997 (ARRANGED FOR BAROQUE HARP) “SARABANDE” FROM CONCERT FOR 4 HARPISCORD IN A-MINOR, BWV 1065 “LARGO” FROM BRANDENBURGS CONCERT NR 3 IN G-MAJOR, BWV 1048 “ALLEGRO” FROM CONCERT FOR 2 ORGANS IN C-MAJOR, BWV 1061 “ADAGIO OVVERO LARGO” “IMMORTAL BACH” ARRANGED BY KNUT NYSTEDT  BASED ON THE SPIRITUAL SONG ”KOMM, SÜßER TOD, KOMM, SEL’GE RUH” BWV 478, FROM G.C. SCHMELLI’S GESANGBUCH |
|URAUFFÜHRUNG||14.NOVEMBER 2001, LUCENT DANS THEATER, DEN HAAG|
|DAUER DER VORSTELLUNG||30 MIN|
Safe as Houses is inspired by the Chinese Book of Changes I Tjing and created to Bach’s scores. The work reflects on the reliance to the physical environment and ultimately on the survivability of the soul.
Sol León (Córdoba, Spain) and Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) started creating as a duo for NDT, 25 years ago. Together they won prestigious awards, such as the Benois de la Danse and the Herald Archangel. They have been the house choreographers of NDT since 2002 and created a total of over fifty ballets.
Sol León joined NDT 2 after graduating from the National Ballet Academy of Madrid in 1987. Two years later she joined NDT 1 and danced masterpieces of Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin. She continued to dance up until 2003, when she decided to fully devote herself to choreography. León became artistic advisor for NDT in 2012.
Paul Lightfoot studies at the Royal Ballet School in London. He joined NDT 2 and moved to NDT 1 two years later, where he danced until 2008. During his dancing career, Lightfoot started choreographing and together with Sol León created many pieces for NDT. Lightfoot became artistic director of NDT in 2011.
“In this magical 'appearing and disappearing’-ballet by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León the dance speaks for itself: every body turn is compelling and exciting, the tension evoked compelling, inescapable.” DE VOLKSKRANT 2005
“[León and Lightfoot’s] work is built around theatrical resources and performed with Olympic dance power. The reprise 'Safe as Houses’ (2001) is known as the vanishing ballet with dancers around a circular wall, and counts as a reflection on the maneuverability of the soul.” TROUW 2015