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Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) was named one of the world’s most elegant and stringent dance companies by the New York Times. Keeping them at the forefront of contemporary dance is a mixture of equal parts technical brilliance and curiosity. NDT2 is now on its way to Stockholm with a triple bill performance featuring some of Europe’s most exciting choreographers: Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman and the duo Paul Lightfoot and Sol León.
In Johan Inger’s I New Then, the dancers explore their own artistic identities in a swirling and energetic cavalcade. The result is a colourful, upbeat and playful work set to music by Van Morrison.
Postscript by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León treats the audience to innovative and masterly partnership work of a trio and two duos. Not a wisp of hair is out of place in this dazzlingly beautiful dance, accompanied by a violinist and a pianist interpreting the music of Philip Glass.
NDT2 was founded in 1978 and is the Nederland Dans Theater’s launch platform for young dancers. They perform choreographies by a new generation of dance creators. Here, young dancers have room to grow and up-and-coming choreographers are given the space to develop. NDT2 performs all over the world, constantly seeking renewal and innovation.
The incredibly prolific choreographer duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have worked together since 1991, becoming house choreographers for NDT in 2002. Their work is characterized by a musical and humorous dance language, often with a tragic undertone. The have won a variety of awards and honours, including the Benois de la Danse and Herald Archangelsk.
Om Johan Inger
Johan Inger made his breakthrough as a choreographer in 1995, after a successful dance career in NDT. He was artistic director of the Cullberg Ballet between 2003 and 2008, and has been an NDT house choreographer since 2009. In 2013, Johan Inger was awarded the 2013 Carina Ari medal for his contribution in promoting Swedish dance.
Om Alexander Ekman
The multiple award-winning dancer and choreographer Alexander Ekman is known for his distinctive humour and his playful way of exploring ballet as an art form. Sedan 2011, he is a house choreographer for NDT, and has also created work for the Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, the Cullberg Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company and The Royal Swedish Ballet, among others.