We've missed them at Sadler's Wells, where they haven't performed since 2016, so their return with a triple bill of works old and new is cause for celebration.
The programme starts with The Big Crying by NDT associate choreographer Marco Goecke. A UK premiere set to a series of songs by Tori Amos, this is a piece for the whole company that explores the fragility of life and love and delivers a powerful celebration of life.
Choreographer Hans van Manen is the undoubted grand master of Dutch ballet, and in the 1960s had a decade-long spell as director of NDT. His work is characterised with a dazzling purity of form and line, and so it is with Simple Things, a piece of pure dance for a cast of four, which he created for NDT2 20 years ago, and which is the middle piece of this programme.
Simple Things is set to Haydn’s Piano Trio No 28 in E major, as well as modern compositions for piano and accordion.
NDT2 Simple Things by Hans van Manen. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos
The programme ends with another UK premiere by the award-winning Swedish choreographer and former NDT dancer Johan Inger. Called Impasse, this is a vibrant work, full of surprises and fun, celebrating the strength of togetherness over isolation in the world today and set to the joyful music of the French-Lebanese jazz trumpeter and composer, Ibrahim Maalouf.
NDT2 Impasse by Johan Inger. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos
All in all, and in keeping with its established practice, NDT2 will bring us a varied, stimulating programme of dance showcasing the talent and commitment of its young dancers. Highly recommended!
|What||NDT2 Triple Bill, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
16 Feb 22 – 19 Feb 22, 19:30 Dur.: 2 hours 20 mins inc two intervals
|Price||£15-£55 (+booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book|