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Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty


★★★★ "WONDERFUL. Bourne’s clever gothic re-write has discovered something beguiling and true"  The Guardian

2013 Olivier Award Nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Dance

Matthew Bourne’s SLEEPING BEAUTY sees the choreographer return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer’s ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and, most famously, in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake with an all-male cast.

Perrault’s timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for one hundred years, was turned into a legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer, Marius Petipa, in 1890.

Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the Christening of Aurora, the story’s heroine, in the year of the ballets first performance; the height of the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forwards in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long Summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day; a world more mysterious and wonderful than any Fairy story!

Matthew Bourne’s haunting new scenario is a gothic fairy tale for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story, across the decades, that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder.

Britain’s most popular dance showman works again with three of his regular collaborators, and New Adventures Associate Artists; The Tony and Olivier award winning designers, Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) and Sound Designer, Paul Groothuis who created the acclaimed surround-sound for last years hit production of Cinderella.

Running time: 105 mins

★★★★ "Strikingly fresh...Witty, inventive and touching" Mail on Sunday

★★★★ "Tongue-in-cheek humour, contemporary references and accessible theatrical dance" Time Out

★★★★ "Extraordinary. Fantastic. Dazzling. Masterful." Sunday Express



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VIC: Cinema Nova, Village Rivoli, Palace Brighton Bay, Sorrento Cinemas, Star Cinema Eaglehawk

NSW: Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays, Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, Cremorne Orpheum, Palace Chauvel, Event Cinemas Castle Hill, Event Cinemas Hornsby, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Greater Union Newcastle, Palace Byron Bay

ACT: Dendy Cinemas Canberra, Event Cinemas Manuka

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Event Cinemas Marion

QLD: Palace Centro, Dendy Cinemas Portside, Palace Barracks, Event Cinemas Indooroopilly, Noosa 5 Cinemas

WA: Luna Windsor Cinemas Nedlands

TAS: CMAX Devonport, Cinemona - MONA



1 & 2 June 2013

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (approx, subject to change)


BALLET 1 :  Title to be announced / New Creation - Choreographers :  ALEXANDER EKMAN

BALLET 2 :  Title to be announced / New Creation - Choreographers :  SHARON EYAL & GAI BEHAR

BALLET 3 :  STUDIO 2 - Choreographers :  SOL LEÓN & PAUL LIGHTFOOT

BALLET 4 :  DREAM PLAY - Choreographers :  JOHAN INGER

NDT 2 puts its unique signature on this varied programme featuring newcomers and familiar faces, plus live accompaniment by Holland Symfonia. The programme features Studio 2 by choreographers in residence Sol León and Paul Lightfoot – an expressive, dynamic work to beautiful music by Arvo Pärt. You will also see works by the company’s two associate choreographers: the award-winning ballet Dream Play by Johan Inger and a new work by Alexander Ekman. You can also see new work by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, two talented dancemakers from Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company.

Nederlands Dans Theater - CRYSTAL PITE

An evening with CRYSTAL PITE

9 & 10 March 2013

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (approx, subject to change)


Crystal Pite is renowned for her flowing, organic and poetic style, and with her surprising and innovative approach she has succeeded in bringing her dance to the attention of a wide audience. She is fascinated by familiar storylines of love, conflict and loss, and the body’s role in providing the illustrative shape of those stories. In Pite’s vision, life is an epic tale, and she aims to reflect the viewer’s own tale in her ballets. This programme, for which she will create a completely new full-length ballet, is wholly devoted to Pite’s dance vocabulary.


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Nederlands Dans Theater - SOL LEÓN AND PAUL LIGHTFOOT


19 & 20 January 2013

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (approx, subject to change)


BALLET 1 :  SHOOT THE MOON  - Choreographers :  LEÓN & LIGHTFOOT


BALLET 3 :  SH-BOOM  - Choreographers :  LEÓN & LIGHTFOOT

Welcome to the world of in-house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot.  During this evening, they take you with them to their artistic universe for a whole evening. You can see the characteristic style of the successful Spanish-British choreographers duo in the humorous SH-Boom in a version that has never been performed in the Netherlands. You can also enjoy the powerful theatrical Same Difference, set on music by Philip Glass. The closing choreography Shoot the Moon, also on beautiful sounds by Glass, gives you a glimpse into the love lives of several characters.

High resolution images available on request: email

Nederlands Dans Theater - KYLIÁN / LEON & LIGHTFOOT / WALERSKI


8 & 9 December 2012

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (approx, subject to change)


The world-famous choreographer Jiří Kylián is a source of inspiration to many. For over thirty years he has been the artistic director and in-house choreographer of NDT and one of the most important founders of the company. During this evening, you will see two of his ballets from the renowned ‘Black&White’ series, as well as new works from the generations that came after Kylián: NDT dancer and choreographer Medhi Walerski. As a dancer, Walerski has created with the Czech master choreographer and has been formed significantly by him.

Please note change in original programming: "NDT had to make a hard, last minute decision to change the programme . Aswe were not able to clear the music rights for Sunset Logic (a new creation), we will have to show another ballet. Instead of the new Johan Inger, NDT will present Swan Song by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot." - Nederlands Dans Theater

- CHAMBER / World Premiere Choreography : Medhi Walerski Music: Joby Talbot

- SWEET DREAMS Choreography : Jiří Kylián Music: Anton Webern

- SARABANDE Choreography : Jiří Kylián Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

- SWAN SONG Choreography : Sol León and Paul Lightfoot Music: Philip Glass


CHAMBER (Contains scenes of nudity) For over ten years, French choreographer Medhi Walerski was a leading dancer at NDT until 2008 when he made his debut as a choreographer. His work was such a success that he was repeatedly invited to create ballets for NDT and other companies. For Chamber, he worked with English composer Joby Talbot. Taking The Rite of Spring from Stravinsky as a starting point, the two young artists inspired each other and created a stunning piece. SWEET DREAMS This piece looks more like the result of a nightmare than that of a peaceful dream. But those who have seen this ‘masterpiece with the apples’ will never forget it. In this ballet Jiří Kylián takes an ironic look at the complex world of the human sub-conscious. Surrealistic, often erotic and impressive throughout, this ballet only figures in NDT’s repertoire. SARABANDE Jiří Kylián shows here his sense of humour. With six dancers on stage, it is bursting with male energy. The choreography also clearly shows how important music is to Kylián. The beautiful violin sounds by Bach surround a much rawer moment where the dancers use their voices forcefully. Sarabande is so inventive and rich in visual effects that it leaves plenty of room for one’s own interpretation. SWAN SONG Swan Song (2010) is a farewell ballet. The ballet is dedicated to former dancer Stefan Żeromski, who ended his dance career with this piece. As a muse of León and Lightfoot he was of great artistic significance. Philip Glass created a new composition specially for this ballet: Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. Glass has been one of León and Lightfoot’s sources of inspiration for many years now. Swan Song is the first choreography León and Lightfoot made on music composed expressly for them.


Nederlands Dans Theater 2012-2013 new season



8 & 9 December

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19 & 20 January

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An evening with CRYSTAL PITE

9 & 10 March

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1 & 2 June

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VIC: Cinema Nova, Palace Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Sorrento Athenaeum

NSW: Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Chauvel Cinemas, Riverside Theatres, Cinemax Kingscliff

ACT: Dendy Canberra

QLD: Palace Centro, Dendy Portside

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

WA: Luna Windsor, Nedlands

TAS: MONA – Museum of Old & New Art



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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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