For Immediate Release

Celebrity Series of Boston
Nederlands Dans Theater 2

January 26 & 27, 2019 — Boch Center Shubert Theatre

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Celebrity Series of Boston will present Nederlands Dans Theater 2 on January 26 and 27, 2019, at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. The performances will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 8pm and Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 3pm. The Dance Series is generously sponsored by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation; Jann E. Leeming & Arthur D. Little, Senior Trustees, Royal Little Family Foundation; and the Cynthia & John S. Reed Foundation.

Tickets start at $60; they are available online at, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

These performances mark the second time the Celebrity Series will present Nederlands Dans Theater 2; they made their Celebrities Series debut in 2009.  

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is one of the most productive dance companies in the Netherlands, if not in the world. With eight world premieres in the 2018/2019 season, NDT shows an unprecedented number of new ballets. Artistic director Paul Lightfoot has deliberately chosen only a few revivals: "It's about artistic creation, not just choreography," he says.

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 (The National Ballet), NDT has tried to pave 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.

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the second company to NDT. Originally brought to life with the purpose of feeding the first company with young talent, NDT 2 was founded in 1978. It has, however, shaped itself into an entirely independent division throughout the decades, attracting renowned choreographers from all over the world that come to create especially for NDT 2 to contribute to its extensive, own repertoire. What hasn’t changed is the company’s focus on the development of the artistic personality of its young dancers.

In a time span of three years, NDT 2 prepares sixteen classically trained dancers by offering a varied repertoire consisting of works. This season, those will be made by established choreographers like Alexander Ekman and Bryan Arias, as well as a new generation of talents such as Felix Landerer. One of the objectives of NDT 2, is to acquaint the dancers with a lexicon of dance languages. Working together with diverse creators, provides the dancers with the opportunity to learn to react quickly to different dance languages, techniques and working methods.


Wir sagen uns Dunkles (2017)

Marco Goecke's new creation for NDT 2 begins with encounters in the studio between the choreographer and the dancers. Their meetings appear unimportant, yet simultaneously they are more important than anything else; young, naughty and evil, playful and punky. “Today, my feelings belong to the dancers, more than ever before”, says Goecke. A blink of the eye, a glance, a seemingly fleeting gesture. Just a moment or a story? What remains is a tear on an eyelash that is fanned away. How do we get closer? A butterfly that remains a second before it flies away. 

The sounds of Schubert and Schnittke meet those of Placebo, The Swan Song and Song To Say Goodbye. Then there are the rattling pants, its sound interfering with the music. Goecke: “The dancers understand me immediately. There is no limit, they want to be challenged.” They move fast, virtuoso, gesticulate in peculiar ways, unconscious yet self-assured, and - whether solo, in a pas de deux or larger group - they communicate in Goecke's language, as if they had never learned another. Darkness Spoken, without words.

Choreography: Marco Goecke
Music Franz Schubert Notturno in E-flat, Op.148, D.897 
Placebo Song to Say Goodbye; Slave to the Wage; Loud like Love 
Alfred Schnittke Piano Quintet, II. In tempo di Valse. 
© Peters Edition, Leipzig / Albersen Verhuur B.V., ‘s-Gravenhage 
Music Advisor Jan Pieter Koch 
Decor and Costumes Marco Goecke 
Light Udo Haberland

mutual comfort (2015)

Edward Clug’s choreography is detailed and sharply defined. Often, its most distinguishing feature tends to be twitchiness where the bodies flick and jerk so extremely and frequently that it can be interpreted as punctuation; a certain acknowledgment of the beat. As a choreographer, Clug is interested in highlighting the dancer’s individual experience by keeping it fresh in its approach. By doing so, his work leans towards emphasizing a personal experience that arises from the process of creation that is led by illuminating human contradictions, imparting surprising moments of beauty and spontaneous irony.

Choreography: Edward Clug
Music Milko Lazar – PErpeTuumOVIA
Recording by Het Balletorkest
Piano 1: Patricia de la Vega
Piano 2: Jeroen Bal
Cello 1: Larissa Groeneveld
Cello 2: Evelien Prakke
Decor and Costumes Edward Clug
Light Tom Visser

Sad Case (1998)

Sad Case was created in 1998 when Sol León was seven months pregnant with their daughter, and acts as one of the main pillars of León & Lightfoot’s oeuvre. Surprising and earthly movements on Mexican mambo music show a continual search for the tension between satirical and classic moments.

Choreography: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Music: Pérez Prado: Mambo no. 8, Muchachita, Always in my heart, Caballo Negro; Alberto Dominguez Frenesi; Ray Barretto: El Watusi; Trio Los Panchos: Perfidia; Augustin Lara: Maria Bonita
Decor and Costumes: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Light: Tom Bevoort

SH-BOOM! (1994)

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot created SH-BOOM! in 1994 for the annual Dancers Choreography Workshop, now called Switch. The piece marks the beginning of their successful collaboration and is therefore of great importance for the choreographic duo, not in the least because León herself performed in the piece. The work combines humor with irony and expresses how people from different backgrounds conduct and relate to one another. Inspired by Francisco de Goya’s satirical black & white sketches, SH-BOOM! masterfully intertwines the dark side (irony) and the light side (humor).

Choreography, set, costumes: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Music: Livingston & David (The Mills Brothers): If I didn’t care; 
Stan Freberg/Stone/Liebert: John & Marsha (Stan Freberg) (1950); 
Turner Layton & Clarence Johnstone: (Razaf-Denniker & Lawrence) S’posin (1929); 
Olavi Virta: Sininen huvimaja (Blue Pavilion) (1953); 
Arturo Cuartero: Nana a Luisito (trad.); 
Livingston & David (The Mills Brothers): Sixty seconds got together (1938); 
Sterck, Sexton & Turner (Vera Lynn): Auf Wiederseh’n, Sweetheart (1943); 
Keyes, Feaster, McRae & Edwards: Sh-boom (1954)
Light: Tom Bevoort

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 80-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marian Anderson, Emanuel Ax, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Béla Bartók, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kirsten Flagstad, Renée Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Martha Graham, Herbie Hancock, Vladimir Horowitz, Diana Krall, Fritz Kreisler, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Ignace Paderewski, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubenstein, Andrés Segovia, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.

Now presenting orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, contemporary dance, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfil our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Garbis and Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Foley & Lardner LLP, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Peabody Foundation, Jann E. Leeming & Arthur D. Little, Senior Trustees, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, and many others.

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