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Guest performance: Nederlands Dans Theater

Part of Gothenburg's Dance & Theatre Festival 2018
  • Dance
  • 2526 aug 2018, Main Stage.
  • Duration: Approx 2 h 30 minutes, incl. 2 intermissions
  • Ensemble

    Singulière Odyssée

    Choreography & Set Design
    Paul Lightfoot
    Choreography & Set Design
    Sol Leon
    Musik, ”Exiles”
    Max Richter
    Tom Bevoort
    Joke Visser, Hermien Hollander
    Marne van Opstal, Roger Van der Poel, Meng-Ke Wu, Yukino Takaura, Gregory Lau, César Faria Fernandes, Chloé Albaret, Spencer Dickhaus, Aram Hasler, Madoka Kariya

    Woke up Blind

    Koreografi, decor and costumes
    Marco Goecke
    Nadja Kadel
    Jeff Buckley
    Udo Haberland
    Lydia Bustinduy, Aram Hasler, Prince Credell, Olivier Coeffard, Chuck Jones, Jorge Nozal, Jianhui Wang

    The Statement

    Choreography & costumes
    Crystal Pite
    Owen Belton
    Jonathon Young
    Vocal performance
    Meg Roe, Colleen Wheeler, Andrew Wheeler och Jonathon Young
    Tom Visser
    Jay Gower Taylor
    Joke Visser
    Chloé Albaret, Aram Hasler, Jon Bond, Roger Van der Poel

    Shoot the Moon

    Koreografi, decor and costumes
    Sol Leon
    Koreografi, decor and costumes
    Paul Lightfoot
    Philip Glass
    Tom Bevoort
    Live Camera
    Niels Mudde, Chuck Jones
    Rotating walls
    Spencer Dickhaus, Luca Tessarini, Gregory Lau
    Meng-Ke Wu, Chloé Albaret, Olivier Coeffard, Roger Van der Poel, Jorge Nozal

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Guest performance: Nederlands Dans Theater

25 & 26 August 2018

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During the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival, Nederlands Dans Theater will provide a long-awaited guest performance at the Göteborg Opera, with works by choreographers Lightfoot/Leon, Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke. Parallel to the performances, there will also be a conversation with choreographers Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon in the Göteborg Opera foyer.

Read more below, or book tickets on the dance festival website


”Singulière Odyssée” by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Pour Gérard Lemaître

Music Max Richter: Exiles © Decca Music Group (Universal Music Publishing Group)
Light Tom Bevoort
Set design Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Costumes Joke Visser, Hermien Hollander

World premiere 
2 February 2017, Zuiderstrandtheater The Hague
Duration 34 minutes

”Singulière Odyssée” by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot is symbolic of the choreographers’ awareness of how the predominance of travel, of moving and of living in an everlasting state of flux has carried through the DNA of our times. The piece is set in a train station based on the art deco waiting room of Basel’s Central Station. Dancers come and go as passersby in transit with the exception of one character who lingers in waiting and watches travelers go by and come back, in a moment frozen in time. For this piece, the music, titled ”Exiles”, has been especially composed by none other than Max Richter. 

”Singulière Odyssée” by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Intermission, 30 minutes

”Woke up Blind” by Marco Goecke

Dramaturge Nadja Kadel
Music Jeff Buckley: You and I (written by Jeff Buckley. Used by permission of Mary Guibert, Successor-in-Interest to the Estate of Jeff Buckley), The Way Young Lovers Do (written by Van Morrison Wb Music Corp (ASCAP) and Caledonia Soul Music (ASCAP). All rights administered by Wb Music Corp).
Light Udo Haberland
Decor and costumes Marco Goecke

World premiere February 4 2016, Zuiderstrandtheater The Hague
Duration 15 minutes

The songs ”You and I” and ”The Way Young Lovers Do” by Jeff Buckley, who died tragically and young, deal with love in different ways: the first is slow, with very stretched-out vocals; the second has fast, almost hectic guitar accompaniment. Both songs form the basis for Marco Goecke’s choreography ”Woke up Blind”. The two female and five male dancers are drawn into an acoustic world in which they excel in contesting with Buckley’s vocal power and his frenetic guitar sounds. Like young lovers, they throw themselves into the unknown regardless of the consequences, driven purely by longing. In ”Woke up Blind”, Goecke has once again managed to reach the core of human emotions through pure, highly complex movement. 

”Woke up Blind” by Marco Goecke

”The Statement” by Crystal Pite

Music New composition by Owen Belton
Playwright Jonathon Young

Vocal performance Meg Roe, Colleen Wheeler, Andrew Wheeler, Jonathon Young
Light Tom Visser
Decor Jay Gower Taylor
Costumes Crystal Pite, Joke Visser

World premiere February 4 2016, Zuiderstrandtheater The Hague
Duration 19 minutes

”The Statement” is a wedge of realism; cold and current. We recognize both the characters and the language as being of our world and our time. ”The Statement” is a one-act play, with four characters locked in their own battle for control, and with the morality of their actions: they have been tasked with fueling a conflict in a distant country. Character “A” declares: “For generations they’ve been fighting. All we did was use it. We used it as an opportunity - the attacks – for investment. For growth. We used it.” Now, being asked to take responsibility for their actions in order to exonerate their superiors, a conflict is rising within their department.

”The Statement” by Crystal Pite

Intermission, 20 minutes 

”Shoot the Moon” by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot 

Music Philip Glass: Movement II from Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. © Dunvagen, New York / Albersen Verhuur B.V., ‘s-Gravenhage
Light Tom Bevoort

Decor and costumes Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

World premiere 27 April 2006, Lucent Danstheater The Hague
Duration 23 minutes

”Shoot the Moon” revolves around a higher level of expression in relationships. It is about the one thing that can create or change it: the emotions hidden inside. Revolving walls with striking black-and-white wallpaper create three separate rooms, each containing its own love story. The door to the other room always seems to be open and through the window a new world beckons. 

”Shoot the Moon” earned León and Lightfoot the Swan Award, the most important Dutch dance prize, for best dance production 2005/2006. “Lightfoot León demonstrate how powerfully and subtly a good choreography and good dance can communicate” – VSCD dance jury

”Shoot the Moon” by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot


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