NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER 2
'Splendid dancers, highly appealing, particularly gifted'
(The New York Times)
Nederlands Dans Theater 2 was founded in 1978. In its more than 30 years of existence, it has developed into a top quality, internationally recognized company performing in theaters all over the world; Spain, Czech.-Republic, New Zealand, Turkey, USA, France, Germany, South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Dutch Antilles.
Nederlands Dans Theater 2 consists of 16 dancers between the age of 17 and 22, all of whom completed a classical ballet training. Dancers are recruited from all over the world.
The initial aim with Nederlands Dans Theater 2 was to 'feed' the main company (Nederlands Dans Theater 1) with its young dancers. It served as bridge-period to mature the freshly graduated dancers from the various classical conservatories and schools and prepare them for a professional dance career.
Today over 70% of the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater 1 started their career in Nederlands Dans Theater 2.
The repertoire of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 is quite varied working with established choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot/Sol León and Johan Inger, but also more importantly working with young and upcoming choreographers.
Over the past few years Nederlands Dans Theater 2 has developed into a company of today. Working closely with young choreographers and confronted by different choreographic styles and techniques has given these young dancers the opportunity to react closely on contemporary developments in music and art of the 1990's. These talented young dancers are able to mirror the realities of today and incorporate these elements into new productions as a kind of Zeitgeist of the 21st century. Nederlands Dans Theater 2 especially aims to interest and excite young audiences for today's dance.
New York Times: 'this ensemble's visit revealed new directions. NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER 2' s current crop of dancers are highly appealing and particularly gifted.'
Le Quotidien: '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 Figaro: 'NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER 2 already possess the feline flexibility and the capable technique of NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER.'
Südwest Presse: 'What the NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER 2 presented here - apart from that they are hardly second of the main company - is that consequent, stylistic development of pure ballet.'
Kölnische Rundschau: 'Excellent troupe.'
New Zealand Evening Post: 'NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER 2, a youthful company of splendidly disciplined dancers with great clarity in their impeccably staged works'
Fernando Hernando Magadan
Artistic Leader NDT 2
Fernando Hernando Magadan is a Spanish dancer and choreographer who originally trained as a professional gymnast becoming a National Champion. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Dance in Madrid, the London Studio Centre and the Central School of Ballet of London. He started as a dancer with Nederlands Dans Theater 2001, initially with NDT 2, and from 2004 to 2016 with NDT 1.
As a choreographer, Magadan has created works including pieces for NDT, Luna Negra Dance Theater (Chicago), Cross Connection Ballet Company (Copenhagen), Ballet Mainz, Donlon Dance Company (Saarbruecken), Ballet BC (Vancouver), Korzo Theater (The Hague) and Luzern Theatre. He has also been invited to present his choreography The Time is a House for the Russian Cultural TV and was invited to perform at the Benois de la Danse Gala Performance 2013 at the Bolshoi.
In September 2018, Fernando Hernando Magadan was appointed Artistic Leader of NDT 2, as a former NDT 2 and NDT 1 dancer himself.
Artistic Director Nederlands Dans Theater
Emily Molnar is one of Canada’s most acclaimed dance artists. She graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada, and danced with the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet BC and the Frankfurt Ballet under the direction of William Forsythe. She has choreographed various works as a choreographer. From 2009 until August 2020, Molnar has been the Artistic Director of Ballet BC in Vancouver, Canada and in 2014, Molnar also took on the role of Artistic Director of Dance at the cultural education institute Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada. In 2016, Molnar was named a Member of the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian awards.