Nederlands Dans Theater 


2nd October 13.00-18.00

Early Bird Offer £60 before 24th September, £75 thereafter. 


Nederlands Dans Theater, under the artistic leadership of Paul Lightfoot, is one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the world. Through the years NDT has done pioneering work in contemporary dance, building up a rich repertoire of over 600 ballets, including masterpieces by Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen, as well as the work of house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot.

NDT’s dancers are renowned for their virtuosity, astonishing technique and unparalleled expression. The company contributes to various art forms by involving visual art, music composition, and innovative light and set designs, all the while developing new talent. At NDT’s home base in The Hague (The Netherlands), all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to let the future of dance take shape.


hoto by Rahi Rezvani




The story of NDT abroad starts with Jiří Kylián’s story about the creation process of his renowned ballet Sinfonietta in 1978. It was this ballet which made NDT famous worldwide. Sinfonietta marked the start of NDT’s reputation as a worldfamous dancecompany which the company still holds today. 

Sinfonietta is perhaps my most spontaneous work – not by aim, but because of the extremely limited time and conditions in which it was created. The company was floating and had no definite plans for the future. There was unrest among the dancers. During this time I received a telephone call from Joseph Wishy, then the director of the Charleston Festival, who had asked me whether I had ever heard of the composer named Janácek? I answered, that I always wanted to, but never had the guts to use his work, as the task seemed so filled with responsibility towards this music, which every visitor of our house was forced to listen to. My bones and reins were soaked in it. I was advised not to accept the offer to choreograph this work for the Charleston Festival, as the production time which was at our disposal, would be severely limited. Tickled by a sense of adventure and feeling that the time was right – I said yes. Walter Nobbe, the designer of this piece, held my hand when I took the decision to demonstrate his support. Sold to the devil – now we had to make it. Rehearsing whilst on tour in Israel, asking de dancers to work overtime and myself making impossible hours, we made it. And the result certainly reflects the spontaneity in which it was created, conditioned by the lack of time and the feeling of a balancing act. Nevertheless, the result was quite remarkable. The audience which was present at the premiere in Charleston had never heard of the music, because they already stood on top of their chairs cheering and throwing the programme books into the air. This was the moment that tore the company out of depression and this work where simplicity is one of the major characteristics, became a cornerstone of the repertoire of Nederlands Dans Theater, opening new possibilities for the company’s future.(Jiří Kylián)

Ever since this breakthrough in 1978 NDT holds a firm position in the international field of dance. During the past decades the company has built a loyal audience from London, New York, Madrid to Singapore. Nowadays half of NDT’s 150 shows is presented in theatres outside of NDT’s homebase The Hague in The Netherlands.

The widely lauded group, which was here for the Singapore Arts Festival, has garnered quite a following among Singapore Audiences. (Singapore Times)


Participants will join Spenser Theberge, former dancer of NDT 1, for two inspiring workshops, in which they will have the chance to first-hand experience the repertoire and vision of Nederlands Dans Theater. The day will start with a repertoire workshop, which will focus on the technique and interpretation of specific NDT repertoire.  Afterwards there will be a more in-depth research of the dance material during an improvisation and composition workshop.

Spenser Theberge was born in Portland, Oregon. He received his dance education at The Juilliard School in New York from 2005-2009. He danced with the Juilliard Dance Ensemble from 2005 until 2009 and joined NDT 2 in 2009. In 2012 he became a dancer with NDT 1. Spenser received the Princess Grace Award for modern dance in 2008.  He recently left Nederlands Dans Theater and is currently working as a freelance choreographer, ballet master and dancer, as well as a teacher at Move in NDT.

       portetten NDT 2010


Workshop details:
This full day workshop is open to Intermediate, advanced and professional dancers as well as dance students from full-time vocational courses, who are looking to enrich their practice and to those who have particular interest in the style of Nederlands Dans Theaters work. Please make sure you have appropriate technical training in order to get the most out of the experience. Participants must be 16 years of age or over. 
Limited availability, booked on a first come first served basis.We regret that Danceworks cannot make any refunds. Please make sure you can make the date before committing to this workshop.
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