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The Hague • NetherlandsPlatform member
Nederlands Dans Theater
For almost sixty years now NDT paves its own way in the modern dance field. It is about artistic creation, not just choreography. We have always been ambitious and idiosyncratic. FEDORA’s values to support innovation, collaboration and reaching new audiences feels like a natural fit. We are honored to be involved as a FEDORA Platform member and to be part of this important philanthropic European initiative.
Paul Lightfoot, Artistic Director
Nederlands Dans Theater is one of the most productive dance companies in the Netherlands, if not in the world. With eight world premieres in season 2018/2019, NDT shows an unprecedented number of new ballets. Artistic director Paul Lightfoot has deliberately chooses only a few revivals: It's about artistic creation, not just choreography.
The company has always been ambitious and idiosyncratic. Since its founding in 1959 by Benjamin Harkarvy, Aart Verstegen and Carel Birnie in cooperation with eighteen dancers from Het Nationaal Ballet, NDT paved its own way in the modern dance field. Glen Tetley and Hans van Manen prominently imprinted NDT with an avant-garde aesthetic and their nonconformist, progressive productions put the company on the national and international map.
Jiří Kylián added his own vision in the 80s and 90s, giving the company a distinct choreographic profile. Kylián was also a pioneer in focusing on talent development within the company, giving young professionals a chance to become dancers and choreographers of international repute. Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, both house choreographers of NDT since 2002, are primary examples of this.