Nederlands Dans Theater 2 UK Premiere and Tour

For immediate release

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

UK Premiere
Sadler’s Wells
Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 March 2012
Performances at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 – £38
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 www.sadlerswells.com
Followed by a UK Tour

One of the world’s most popular contemporary dance groups, NDT2 returns to Sadler’s Wells ahead of a UK tour with a programme including Jiří Kylián’s award-winning Gods and Dogs, NDT2Associate Artist Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and Passe-Partout by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León.

Gods and Dogs is Jiří Kylián’s 100th work for Nederlands Dans Theater. First performed in 2008 it has been described as “a work of rare beauty” (Dance Europe). Jiří Kylián was Artistic Director of NDT2 from 1975 to 1999, and is still one of the company’s resident choreographers. Gods and Dogs won the 2009 Zwaan (Swan) Awards for Best Dance Production and Best Dance Achievement.

Alexander Ekman’s works are known for their clever ideas, fast-paced choreography and dry wit. A former dancer with NDT2 and Cullberg Ballet, Ekman now works as a choreographer with many of the world’s leading dance companies. Cacti is a humorous piece about how dancers use their bodies to interact with music.

Paul Lightfoot was recently appointed Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater.Lightfoot has been with the company since 1985, first as a dancer, then as a choreographer together with Sol León. They became renowned choreographers and were appointed resident choreographers of NDT in 2002. To date, Lightfoot and León have created over 40 works for the company. Their collaboration Passe-Partoutfeatures music by Philip Glass.

Founded in 1978, NDT2 is the younger company of Nederlands Dans Theater and has established a reputation for the astounding technique and boundless energy of its dancers. The company consists of 16 dancers aged between 17 and 23 years. NDT2 is directed by Gerald Tibbs and performs all over the world from their base in The Hague.

Following the performances at Sadler’s Wells, NDT2 will visit six further UK venues, as part of a Dance Consortium tour, ending at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 31 March 2012.

The programme on tour also includes Déjà vu and Solo by Hans van Manen, Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin, Studio 2 (Lightfoot León) and Sleepless by Jiří Kylián. For further details please see notes to editors.

Dance Consortium is made up of 19 large scale UK venues and is supported by Arts Council England.

A video clip can be viewed here.

 

Notes to Editors

NDT2 tour details:
6 – 9 March Sadler’s Wells, London
Ticket Office 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com
Gods and Dogs, Passe-Partout
and Cacti

13 & 14 March Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Ticket Office 01872 262466 or www.hallforcornwall.co.uk
Gods and Dogs, Déjà vu, Solo and Cacti

16 &17 March Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Ticket Office 029 2063 6464 orwww.wmc.org.uk
Gods and Dogs, Déjà vu, Solo and Cacti

20 & 21 March Grand Opera House, Belfast
Ticket Office 028 9024 1919 orwww.goh.co.uk
Studio 2, Déjà vu, Solo
and Minus 16

23 & 24 March Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Ticket Office 0131 529 6000 or www.festivaltheatre.org.uk
Gods and Dogs, Studio 2
and Cacti

27 & 28 March Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Ticket Office 01274 432 000 or www.bradford-theatres.co.uk
Studio 2, Déjà vu, Solo
and Minus 16

30 & 31 March Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Ticket Office 0115 989 5555 or www.trch.co.uk
Sleepless, Déjà vu, Solo
and Minus 16

A full tour schedule can be found at:
www.danceconsortium.com

Dance Consortium
Dance Consortium is a group of 19 large scale theatres located across the UK. They all share a passion for engaging people with contemporary dance from different parts of the world that will excite, challenge, entertain and inspire their audiences.

Dance Consortium was established in 2000, when there were few opportunities to see international dance companies outside London and occasional festivals. Over the last 10 years, Dance Consortium has presented 27 tours of 17 different companies from the USA, Brazil, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, Taiwan, Cuba and France. Their performances and education activities have been seen by over 507,500 people.

Dance Consortium performances are often followed by a chance for audiences to ask questions of the company and occasionally companies offer special events such as dance classes or workshops. Details of forthcoming tours are on Dance Consortium’s website together with film clips, interviews, photographs, dancers’ blogs, press reviews and audience comments. The website has a host of features including votes, dance debates, listings, and an archive of past tours: www.danceconsortium.com.

Dance Consortium is managed by its member theatres, represented by their chief executives. Together they decide which companies to tour, looking all over the world for companies that will celebrate the diversity of international contemporary dance and intrigue audiences.

Members
Belfast Grand Opera House, Birmingham Hippodrome, Bradford Alhambra, Brighton Dome, Canterbury Marlowe, Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Leicester The Curve, London Sadler’s Wells, Milton Keynes Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Northampton Royal & Derngate, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Salford Lowry, Sheffield Danceworks UK & Sheffield Lyceum, Truro Hall for Cornwall, Woking New Victoria Theatre.

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