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Nederlands Dans Theater – NDT 1 Gabriela Carrizo / Jiří Kylián / Crystal Pite and Simon McBurney

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A group of eight dancers are stood in a line, reaching in to grasp the central figure. There is dramatic downward lighting illuminating their faces but leaving their bodies in darkness. The central figure – crouched slightly lower than the rest - has their head thrown back, looking upwards, and his arms reaching out to either side. The hands of the other dancers a spread across his arms, chest and head. All the figures wear simple, beige sleeveless tops and dark trousers.

The ever-original Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) present a trio of works spanning generations, continents and contemporary issues.


This is a rare opportunity to join Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1) in a UK premiere of their latest mind-bending works.

Figures in Extinction [1.0]

We are living in an age of extinction: of animals, of language, of our connection with nature and of age-old ways of knowing. Can we ever hope to give a name to what we are losing? What does it mean to bear witness to a violence in which we are both perpetrators and victims?

Across continents, choreographer Crystal Pite and director Simon McBurney reflect on their fears and cautious hopes for the age we are living in. In a major new collaboration from NDT and Complicité these world-renowned artists work together, drawing on a rich array of materials such as the sound of icecaps melting, tree roots growing, and the protests of climate change deniers.

Gods and Dogs

Gods and Dogs is the 100th choreography Jiří Kylián created for NDT. This mysterious ballet by the master choreographer visualizes the fine line between normality and abnormality. Or as he puts it: “Surely no positive developments can ever be accomplished without the help of a healthy portion of madness.” Gods and Dogs is called ‘an unfinished work’, referring to Kylián’s fascination for the beauty of what is left incomplete in life.

La Ruta

On a dark, fog-shrouded stage, a street is at once a motorway, a lonely village lane and a forest path. Space and time are suspended and it is up to you to create your own connections. Argentinian choreographer Gabriela Carrizo combines modern dance with acrobatics and slapstick in La Ruta.

With her unusual, experimental style, Carrizo takes us into a parallel dream world that you can interpret into your own never-ending story. Be warned; she doesn’t let you go so easily.

[Image description] A group of eight dancers are stood in a line, reaching in to grasp the central figure. There is dramatic downward lighting illuminating their faces but leaving their bodies in darkness. The central figure – crouched slightly lower than the rest – has their head thrown back, looking upwards, and his arms reaching out to either side. The hands of the other dancers a spread across his arms, chest and head. All the figures wear simple, beige sleeveless tops and dark trousers.

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