Nederlands Dans Theater

Dates // Times

Wednesday 29 Jun // 19:30
Thursday 30 Jun // 19:30
Sunday 31 Dec // 19:30
Saturday 2 Jul // 19:30
Saturday 2 Jul // 14:30

Auckland Live is bringing Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) to Auckland for the first time this June, for an exclusive New Zealand season. This is a rare opportunity to experience one of the world’s finest contemporary dance companies at Auckland’s favourite theatre, The Civic, from 29 June to 2 July.

NDT’s Auckland programme comprises four works by choreographers admired the world over. Two of the pieces – Woke up Blind and The Statement – premiered this month in The Hague, receiving five star reviews. Auckland will be the first city outside The Netherlands to experience these works.

Safe as Houses (Choreography by Sol Leon & Paul Lightfoot)
Woke up Blind (Choreography by Marco Goecke)
The Statement (Choreography by Crystal Pite)
Stop-Motion (Choreography by Sol Leon & Paul Lightfoot)

Creative partners Leon and Lightfoot’s Safe as Houses is arguably one of the duo’s most ‘spiritual’ works. It stems from the ancient Chinese book of I Ching and is set to a soundtrack of Johann Sebastian Bach. It has been described as “The vanishing ballet” as dancers move around a circular wall.

The songs You and I and The Way Young Lovers Do by Jeff Buckley, who died tragically and young, are the inspiration for Marco Goecke’s new work, Woke up Blind. The songs deal with love in different ways: the first is slow, with very stretched-out vocals; the second has fast, almost hectic guitar accompaniment. Like young lovers, dancers throw themselves into the unknown regardless of the consequences, driven by longing. In this work, Goecke has managed to reach the core of human emotions through pure, highly complex movement.

The Statement, by Crystal Pite, is a work that is very much set in our world and time. Four characters around a boardroom table are tasked by unseen powers to fuel a conflict in another country. In a battle for control, they face off against one another and ultimately must confront the morality of their actions.

The evening will be rounded off with NDT’s internationally acclaimed Stop-Motion, which premiered in 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands. This critically acclaimed piece was created by León and Lightfoot for the NDT 1 repertoire. Set to melancholic music by Max Richter, seven dancers depict a process of farewell and transformation. This is reinforced by large screens that show delayed video projections, which includes Leon and Lightfoot’s daughter Saura.

Nederlands Dans Theater is recognised as one of the most prolific and creative contemporary dance companies in the world. Under artistic guidance of Paul Lightfoot and based in The Hague, NDT dancers perform for over 115,000 visitors annually in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. The multi-national company consists of 27 dancers from all over the world, varying in age between 24 and 41 years and each one excelling in their solo qualities.

Nederlands Dans Theatre performs at The Civic from 29 June-2 July. Get tickets here >>