Deja Vu, Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Founded in 1978, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) is the younger company of the renowned Nederlands Dans Theater, and over the past thirty years has established a reputation for the astounding technique and boundless energy and enthusiasm of its young dancers. The company consists of sixteen dancers aged between 17 and 23 who come from all over the world - this year’s crop come from as far afield as Russia, China, Taiwan, America, Spain, and (in the shape of David Ledger from Richmond, Yorkshire) the UK.
After a stint at Sadler's Wells that has left punters falling over themselves to reel off superlative after superlative, NDT2 are taking their latest show - a range of ballets which perfectly showcase their extraordinary athleticism and endless creativity - around the country on their 11th UK tour, alighting in Notts on 30 and 31 March. Sleepless, choreographed by Jiri Kylian, is a piece that flicks from very funny to painfully moving in the blink of an eye, Déjà vu and Solo are a brace of witty, silly and very fast pieces by Hans van Manen, while Ohad Naharin’s show-stopping Minus 16 was described by the London Evening Standard as; ‘hilarious, dangerous, utterly cheeky and a wild climax’.
Minus 16, Nederlands Dans Theater 2
The Artistic Director of NDT2 is Gerald Tibbs, who has held this position since 1990. British choreographer Paul Lightfoot was recently announced as Artistic Director of the parent company NDT. Paul trained with the Royal Ballet School in London and joined NDT1 as a dancer in 1985. He has choreographed over 40 ballets for NDT including Studio 2 and Passe Partout which will be in the UK this spring.
The tour is presented by Dance Consortium and supported by Arts Council England, and promises to be one of the dance events of the year round these parts. If you have the slightest inclination towards performance art, you need to get on this immediately.