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Dance Consortium Heads To Norwich

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Dance Consortium present Nederlands Dans Theatre (NDT) – NDT 2 in a virtuosic triple bill with two UK and Ireland premieres nine-venue tour of UK and Ireland, including a stop at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 16th February 2022 and Norwich Theatre Royal.

With their winning combination of fresh exuberance and astonishing athleticism, the eighteen outstanding young dancers of NDT 2, the second company of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), are back in the UK and Ireland for the first time since 2016 with a triple bill by German, Dutch and Swedish choreographers. One of the original ‘second companies’, set up in 1978, NDT 2 is now recognised as a major contemporary dance company in its own right.

For its highly-anticipated return to the UK and Ireland, NDT 2 will perform works by celebrated international choreographers Marco Goecke (Germany), Hans van Manen (The Netherlands) and Johan Inger (Sweden).

Associate choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theater since 2013, Marco Goecke has made his fourth work for NDT 2, The Big Crying, which has its UK and Ireland premiere on this tour. One of his most beautiful works, it is a personal and moving piece about the fragility of life and love where Goecke harnesses the fiery power of the full company to deliver a real celebration of life. The Big Crying is set to a series of songs by Tori Amos.

Dutch maestro Hans van Manen has been involved with NDT since it was founded in 1959, first as a dancer, then choreographer, then artistic director from 1961 until 1970. His exquisite quartet, Simple Things, created for NDT 2 in 2001, is a master class in simplicity and has been described as ‘pure dance art’. The score features Haydn’s Piano Trio No 28 in E major as well as modern compositions for piano and accordion.

A former dancer with the Swedish Royal Ballet, Johan Inger has created many works for both NDT and NDT 2. His 2020 piece for NDT 2, is the programme’s second UK and Ireland premiere. The uplifting and unpredictable IMPASSE bursts onto the stage to the joyful music of French-Lebanese jazz trumpeter and composer, Ibrahim Maalouf. In a bloodcurdling and sometimes funny finale to the programme, Inger celebrates the strength of togetherness over isolation in our world today.

Ros Robins, Dance Consortium’s Executive Director, says: “‘The members of Dance Consortium are delighted to welcome the NDT 2 company back to the UK and Ireland after too long an absence.  We would also like to welcome their new Artistic Director Emily Molnar, previously Director of Ballet BC which made such a successful tour of the UK in 2018.  NDT 2 will present a particularly strong programme of new and existing work, high in emotion and sheer entertainment.”

Nederlands Dans Theatre – NDT 2 will be at Norwich Theatre Royal on Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd February, 7.30pm. Tickets: 01603 630 000 norwichtheatre.org.

For more information visit danceconsortium.com.