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Nederlands Dans Theatre | 2017 International Festival © Rahi Rezvani

Nederlands Dans Theater

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot / Gabriela Carrizo

The triple bill from one the world’s finest dance companies featured a surreal Lynchean thriller; a sumptuous meditation on time and memory; and an unsettling glimpse into three couples’ love lives.

Considered by many to be the finest dance company in the world, Nederlands DansTheater has taken a radically progressive path since its founding in 1959 – and has a long history of acclaimed dance theatre shows at the International Festival. Blurring movement, theatre and exquisite stage images, NDT is a breeding ground for some of the world’s most individual dance talents.

A surreal Lynchean thriller; a sumptuous meditation on time and memory; an unsettling glimpse into three couples’ love lives. All three come together in a powerfully contrasting trio of works – and all three equally potent in their emotional impact.

Heavy with longing and aching vulnerability, the exquisite visual poem Stop-Motion – by NDT Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot and Artistic Advisor Sol León – features seven dancers who meet, gather and part, their actions captured on giant video screens. With hypnotic movements amid clouds of chalk dust, it paints an astonishingly beautiful picture of loss and grief, set against deeply melancholic music by Max Richter.

Using a gently rippling score by Philip Glass, Shoot the Moon spies on the love lives of three different couples, corralled in tenderness, anger and sadness amid magically transforming rooms. Emotionally charged and full of athletic choreography, this provocative psycho-drama – also choreographed by León and Lightfoot – is a tender meditation on love and memory.

Bloodstains and contorted bodies, dark visions and writhing clothing all give The missing door its unforgettable sense of wonder and dread. With the dream-like surrealism of a David Lynch movie, Gabriela Carrizo’s gripping creation delves deep inside the maze of thoughts of a dying man. Magical and sinister, it’s like nothing else in the world of dance.

Photo: Nederlands Dans Theater © Rahi Rezvani

Audio Described
23 Aug 7.30pm

Shoot the Moon
Sol León, Paul Lightfoot Choreographers, set and costume designers
Philip Glass Music
Tom Bevoort Lighting designer

The missing door
Gabriela Carrizo Choreographer, set and costume designer
Raphaëlle Latini Music
Tom Visser Lighting designer

Sol León, Paul Lightfoot Choreographers, set and costume designers and video concept
Max Richter Music
Tom Bevoort Lighting designer

More information about some of the artists

Nederlands Dans Theater
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Sol León

Paul Lightfoot

Gabriela Carrizo

Philip Glass
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Max Richter
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21-23 August 2017

  • Edinburgh Playhouse (Show on map)
  • 2hrs 10mins approx (two intervals)
  • £11 - £35*

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If you see only one live performance this year... NDT is the one to see

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