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Nederlands Dans Theater 1


Dance Open 2017: Shoot the Moon, Silent Screen, Choreography by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León
Thin Skin, Choreography by Marko Goecke


Five minutes of the performance is sufficient to be certain: this company is one of the seven wonders in the world of dance.

Le Figaro

The dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater showed just how wonderfully exhilarating contemporary dance can be.

The Daily Telegraph Sydney

They are the world’s most magnificent dancers: a retina-shredding spectacle of passion and power.

The Sunday Herald

If you see only one live performance this year… NDT is the one to see.

The New York Times


Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT 1) is one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies, under artistic guidance of choreographer Paul Lightfoot. The Dutch troupe is based in The Hague, but performs for over 115.000 visitors in Europe as well as in the USA, Asia and Australia. Since its founding in 1959, this rebellious top company has built a rich repertoire of 600 ballets by master choreographers such as Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen, renowned house choreographers Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, associate choreographers Crystal Pite, and Marco Goecke and high-profile guests such as Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Gabriela Carrizo, Hofesh Shechter and Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar.

The multi-national company consists of 28 phenomenal dancers from all over the world, varying in age between 24 and 41 years old, each one of them excelling in their solo qualities. The dancers of NDT are renowned for their versatility, astonishing technique and virtuosic expression. The company contributes to various art forms along with choreography by involving visual art, music composition, and innovative light and set designs, all the while developing new talent. At NDT’s home base, all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a unique worldwide breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to let the future of dance take shape.

“From the moment I crossed the threshold of the Koningsstraat in 1985, I knew: this is a place for dance artists to grow. NDT has planted seeds in different gardens, which opened us up to innovative ideas and styles. For this you need dancers who are hungry and open minded. Every single NDT-dancer possesses a fabulous, classical based technique, but ultimately it’s about their extraordinary capacity to transform. Every season’s programmes include works of choreographers with a clear message: this is who I am, and this is my aesthetical dance and figurative language. I invite choreographers who can strike a certain atmosphere, emotion and essence the second the curtain opens, BAM. And who are leading in that area internationally” – Paul Lightfoot, Artistic Director, says.