Nederlands Dans Theater León & Lightfoot / Pite / Goecke is “mind exploding brilliance! Cancel your plans, forget the sunshine and see this!”

Nederlands Dans Theater 1 - Shoot the Moon© Rahi Rezvani

That you must see the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 while they’re in London, is about all you need to know!

Cancel all your plans, ignore the sunshine outside and book your tickets! I promise you will not regret missing a couple of hours of warmth.

I say this because the company’s performance of the inspired and genius work of Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke is a mind exploding, practically life altering experience – and the reason why NDT is one my all time favourite companies.

Nederlands Dans Theater 1 - Shoot the Moon© Rahi Rezvani
Nederlands Dans Theater 1 – Shoot the Moon© Rahi Rezvani

With large rotating staging, live videography, ultra-intelligent concepts, sensational choreography, exposed bodies, powder clouds, stunning music, performed by sublime dancers who are simply out of this world brilliant, this is a night that will stay with me forever.

Nederlands Dans Theater 1 - Stop Motion © Rahi Rezvani
Nederlands Dans Theater 1 – Stop Motion © Rahi Rezvani

The 4 pieces by the 3 choreographers are so incredible that I almost don’t want to reveal each story for fear of giving too much away. I just want you to experience it. But what I will say, is that almost nothing compares to watching NDT’s intensely trained dancers – whose technique and physical precision is awe-inspiring – perform the intricate, expressive and demanding roles created by León, Lightfoot, Pite and Goecke.

Nederlands Dans Theater 1 - Woke up blind © Rahi Rezvani
Nederlands Dans Theater 1 – Woke up blind © Rahi Rezvani

Each creator with their own perspective, own challenge to the body, telling their own story (ranging from the deeply emotional to dark political humour), they explore the dancers’ mind and soul, creating an intoxicating mix of exemplary movement that each of the dancers individually and collectively pour themselves into and take the audience away with them.

Nederlands Dans Theater 1 - The Statement © Rahi Rezvani
Nederlands Dans Theater 1 – The Statement © Rahi Rezvani

It is so intoxicating that I dared not blink for fear of missing a moment, that I could easily watch over and over and over. And it was a moment that brought the audience to its feet for a rapturous and well deserved applause.

I truly hope you get to see this! And with only 2 more shows (27 & 28 June), you better be quick!

Nederlands Dans Theater 1 - Woke up blind © Rahi Rezvani
Nederlands Dans Theater 1 – Woke up blind © Rahi Rezvani

Reviewed at Sadler’s Wells on 26 June 2018.

 

 

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