- 20:00 h (Local Time)

Photo: Janina Snatzke

COMPANY: Nederlands Dans Theater I

From: The Hague, Netherlands
Artistic director: Paul Lightfoot

Choreography: Safe as Houses
Choreographers: Sol León / Paul Lightfoot
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach: from the Suite in C minor, BWV 997 (arranged for Baroque harp), Sarabande; from the Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065, Largo; from the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048, Allegro; from the Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061, Adagio ovvero Largo; Immortal Bach arranged by Knut Nystedt [1988] based on the song Komm, süßer Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh BWV 478, from G.C. Schemelli's Gesangbuch [1736]
Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Choreography: Shutters Shut
Choreography and costumes: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Text: Gertrude Stein: If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso
Duration: approx. 5 minutes

Choreography: Woke up Blind (German premiere)
Choreographer: Marco Goecke
Dramatic adviser: Nadja Kadel
Choreographic assistant: Hedda Twiehaus
Music: Jeff Buckley – You and I | The Way Young Lovers Do
Duration: approx. 18 minutes

Choreography: Salt Womb (German premiere)
Choreographers: Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar
Choreographic assistants: Rebecca Hytting, Ken Ossola (NDT)
Music: Ori Lichtik
Lighting design: Alon Cohen
Costume design: Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, Rebeccy Hytting
Duration: approx. 26 minutes

Total duration: 1 hour 45 minutes, including one intermission

Performances on 27, 28, 29 and 30 April 2017 at 20:00h in the KraftWerk

Introduction with Bernd Kauffmann and Jürgen Wilcke on 27 April 2017 at 19:15h in the KraftWerk.


The Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT 1) was founded in The Hague in 1959 and has been at the forefront of contemporary dance ever since, with more than 600 choreographies to its name. The ensemble is particularly esteemed for its innovative choreographies combining classical techniques with experimental dance forms. Almost no other company has dedicated itself with such consistency and success to the renewal of dance. The choreographer Jirí Kylián certainly had the most formative influence on the ensemble's development: His energetic, surrealist-abstract style combining elements from ancient dance traditions with those of contemporary music and the plastic arts became NDT's hallmark.

The British dancer and choreographer Paul Lightfoot became the Artistic Director of NDT 1 in September 2011. He joined the ensemble as a dancer in 1985. In 1989 Lightfoot began developing choreographies for the NDT together with Spanish dancer and choreographer Sol León, and he was appointed house choreographer along with León in 2002. The choreographer duo León & Lightfoot have created more than 40 works that are performed around the world, including award-winning choreographies such as Signing Off (2003) and Shoot the Moon (2006). The duo take a theatrical approach with sets, music, costumes and dance melding into one and impeccable lighting design setting the stage.


Marco Goecke was born in Wuppertal and has been a choreographer at the NDT since 2013. The trained dancer developed his first choreography in 2000, and his exceptional body language has since made him one of the world's most sought-after choreographers. He has been resident choreographer at the Stuttgart Ballet since 2005  and also works for other companies in Europe, Brazil and the US. Goecke's movement language is technically demanding yet also highly emotional, both testing the boundaries of aesthetics and transcending them to arrive at completely new forms of movement.
Jerusalem-born Sharon Eyal came to the Israeli Batsheva Dance Company as a dancer in 1990 and served as its house choreographer from 2005 to 2012. Since 2009 she has created choreographies for companies including the Norwegian ensemble Carte Blanche – The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance and, since 2013, for the NDT. Music producer Gai Behar was born in Jerusalem and organizes multidisciplinary underground events. He has been working with Sharon Eyal since 2005, with the two operating under the name L-E-V since 2013. The duo situate their dancers in an artificial world where classical ballet and rave culture converge.


Safe as Houses

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot were inspired by the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes, for their 2001 choreography Safe as Houses. The highly aesthetic, fluid production features dancers moving on a white stage, at the center of which a white wall rotates like the hand of a clock. This becomes a metaphor for change and transition within human existence, between places and times. In ever-changing constellations set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the dance becomes an allegory for the ability to unfailingly master constantly shifting situations.

Shutters Shut
Gertrude Stein wrote her 1924 poem If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso as a reflection on the portrait of her created 20 years previously by Pablo Picasso, and it provides the sound and rhythm of this exceptional choreography. The Surrealist/Dadaist text is spoken by Gertrude Stein herself and translated by choreographers Sol Léon and Paul Lightfoot into virtuoso movements full of emotion.

Woke up Blind (German premiere)
In his 2016 choreography Woke up Blind, presented at Movimentos as a German premiere, Marco Goecke again uses his complex movement language to plumb the innermost depths of human emotions. The piece consists of two parts based on music by the prematurely deceased singer Jeff Buckley: A slow elegy of loss is the first part, and the dance responds with sometimes minimal, often disturbing movements. The frenetic guitar sound of the second piece produces an uncompromising movement language driven by passion with complex, energetic dance moves that often seem about to spiral out of control.

Salt Womb (German premiere)
In their choreography Salt Womb, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have the dancers undergo a progression with archaic forms merging into the innovative, where the wild and the tender converge. Heavy drums accompany minimalist dance movements on a black stage. Music and movement alike become increasingly light, the linear dance formation shifts to form a group. Hints of human relationships and personal feelings appear and recede. The choreography is accompanied by the music of Ori Lichtik, a source of inspiration for Eyal and Behar "like a magical spell, or divine poetry".