Nederlands Dans Theater NTD2
‘27”52’’, ‘Dream Play’, ‘Shutters Shut’, ‘Subject to Change’
by Petra Tschiene
May 28, 2003 -- Sadler's
This week NTD2 is back in town. The company consisting of 14 young dancers aged between 17 and 22 is the ‘junior’ wing of NTD and gives its members a chance to mature as artists through a varied repertory and new creations by both well established as well as up and coming choreographers. I had never seen NTD2 before and was very impressed by the technical ability, expressiveness and the enthusiasm I saw on Wednesday night.
The opening piece ‘Dream Play’ by Johan Unger who will be appointed artistic director of the Culberg Ballet in Stockholm was more inspiring to me. A chance encounter with a woman in the street leads a man to drift into a powerful erotic daydream. Set to a part of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ the choreography reflects the savage undertones of the score very well and I was a surprised when we suddenly found ourselves back on the street and in reality at the end.
I greatly enjoyed the middle
section of the programme consisting of 2 works by the choreographer due
Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon. ‘Shutters Shut’ is set to
According to the programme notes it took 441,875 hours to make the production of ‘27”52’’, the only Kylian piece of the evening. Considering this tremendous effort I felt disappointed with the result. The cast of 6 whirls through a serious of duets and group dances linked by their preoccupation with the loose strips of floor covering, but after a while I became distracted by the constant pulling, lifting, wrapping into and peaking underneath. Despite some interesting moments, the work left me feeling all at sea and puzzled.
Overall it was a very enjoyable
evening of dance interpreted by fabulous dancers.
Edited by Stuart Sweeney
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