Nederlands Dans Theater - Move to Move

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), one of the greatest contemporary dance companies in the world, is pleased to announce its very first captured live in HD screening: “Move to Move”. This event was broadcast live in 400 cinemas across Europe and will screen in Australian cinemas nationally on Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 September.

This unique event will be followed by a season of four further performances captured live in high definition in 2013.

“If you see one live performance this year…Nederlands Dans Theater is the one to see” New York Times

“The most balletic modern dancers in the world The Times

“One of the most exciting and sleekly glamorous ensembles The Independent


Nederlands Dans Theater has two companies, with two generations of dancers: NDT1 and NDT2.

Nederlands Dans Theater 1: The big company was founded in 1959 and consists of thirty dancers. They vary in age from 23 to 42 and each one of them excels in their solo qualities. These phenomenal dancers and the multifaceted repertoire they bring to the stage attract full houses all over the world.

Nederlands Dans Theater 2: The company was founded in 1978 for young upcoming talent with an astonishing technique and endless energy and currently consists of sixteen dancers up to the age of 23. Nederlands Dans Theater 2 is a revolutionary breeding ground of talent and dances repertoire of established choreographers and new creations by upcoming choreography talents. The artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 is Gerald Tibbs.


The Move to Move programme kicks off with NDT2 production Left Right Left Right (pre-recorded) which will be followed by three captured live pieces: Secus by Ohad Naharin, Shine a Light (a new creation and world premiere) and Silent screen by house choreographers Sol Leόn and Paul Lightfoot.

Specifically shot for the big screen, filmed in high definition and 5.1 sound with six cameras, these screenings provide a unique opportunity for the audience to experience an unprecedented proximity with the artists and enjoy a unique look behind the scenes of a world-renowned contemporary dance company. PROGRAMME – MOVE TO MOVE

Left Right Left Right (NDT2) choreography Alexander Ekman (25 minutes)

Following the successful CACTI (2010), Alexander Ekman (28), the associate choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater 2, is once again presenting a new piece for the entire group of young dancers. Left Right Left Right revolves around concentration, timing and rhythm. Ekman studies the movements of humans in motion. He once again does this in an entirely unconventional fashion that is mirrored in Ekman’s trademarks: theatricality, originality, rhythm and modern soundscapes.

Silent Screen (NDT1) choreography Sol Len and Paul Lightfoot (45 minutes)

Silent Screen (2005) is a ballet that is seemingly set up like a film. Not only because of the three large screens that show (though never pre-dominatingly) film fragments in which a couple in love and a little girl go through various emotional phases, but also because Sol León and Paul Lightfoot's repertory of movements refers to the influences of their major source of inspiration for this ballet: the silent films of the 1920s and the enormous expressiveness of the actors in those days. The changing rhythms and the original formations of the ten dancers are surprising and create cinematic effects: a character suddenly sneaks around a dancing couple; sometimes the dancers seem to carry on a dialogue with the film images, while at others they seem to merge with them. With the layered music of Philip Glass (Glassworks) León and Lightfoot have created a unique universe in Silent Screen.

Secus (NDT1) choreography Ohad Naharin (30 minutes)

Great master Ohad Naharin, choreographer and artistic leader of Batsheva Dance Company, is back as a guest at Nederlands Dans Theater for the first time since 2007. Secus was part of the ballet Three and will be performed on its own for the first time. The Israeli choreographer has been the recipient of prestigious awards and his work is performed worldwide. Naharin's dance language is down-to-earth, explosive and vibrant. Shine a Light (New creation / World premiere) (NDT) choreography Sol Len and Paul Lightfoot (36 minutes)

The most recent ballet by house choreographers Paul Lightfoot and Sol León for Nederlands Dans Theater 1 was Skipping over damaged area (2011). León and Lightfoot's body of work now totals over 40 pieces that are characterised by impressive set designs and a distinctive dance language that often shows influences of silent films, photography, theatre, music and literature.

PARTICIPATING CINEMAS - More to be added soon

VIC: Cinema Nova, Palace Como, Village Rivoli Cinemas, Palace Brighton Bay

NSW: Dendy Opera Quays, Chauvel Cinemas, Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Greater Union Newcastle

QLD: Dendy Portside, Palace Centro, Noosa 5 Cinemas

ACT: Dendy Canberra, Greater Union Manuka

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Event Cinemas Marion

WA: Luna Cinemas Windsor Nedlands

TAS: MONA - Museum of Old & New Art




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