In the month of April, Washington, DC, will welcome the foremost performing arts institutions of the Netherlands: Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Toneelgroep Amsterdam directed by Ivo van Hove.
Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT)
During the USA-tour of Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT 1), the celebrated Dutch Dance company will perform at The Kennedy Center on April 4, 5 and 6. During the USA-tour, NDT 1 will perform “Shoot the Moon – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot”, “The Statement – Crystal Pite” and “Singulière Odyssée – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot”. More information can be found here.
About Nederlands Dans Theater
Nederlands Dans Theater is recognized as one of the most prolific and creative contemporary dance companies in the world. It consists of two multinational companies: NDT 1 and NDT 2. The latter prepares sixteen classically trained dancers (between the ages of 17 and 23) for the highest possible level, during a three-year trajectory. NDT 1 consists of 28 dancers (varying in age between 24 and 38 years old), each one excelling in their solo qualities and renowned for their versatility, astonishing technique and virtuosic expression. Under artistic guidance of Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot and Artistic Advisor Sol León and based in The Hague, NDT dancers perform for over 115,000 visitors annually in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. The multi-national company showcases multiple art forms alongside their stunning choreography, including visual art, music composition and innovative light and set designs.
Toneelgroep Amsterdam directed by Ivo van Hove
Directed by Ivo van Hove, Toneelgroep Amsterdam will be performing “After the Rehearsal” and “Persona” at The Kennedy Center on April 19, 20, 21, and 22. This theatrical double-bill delving into the messy lives of theater artists features searing performances to match the layered psychological drama of Bergman’s texts.
About Ivo van Hove
Belgian-born Ivo van Hove has been the director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam since 2001. He is known for taking classics and reinventing them for today’s world. For Van Hove, this means figuring out what will be most meaningful for the audience. His version of “A View From the Bridge” strips the play of its 1950s details in order to give the story a timeless quality. The stage is nearly empty. Characters go barefoot and wear neutral, modern clothing. Van Hove uses modern music and dramatic lighting to create the mood of the play and to reveal the emotions at the center of the story. “Ivo van Hove’s work has been groundbreaking in opening up audiences’ understanding of classic texts and films. His work is unique, raw, shocking, surprising, hilarious – everything you want theater to be – and he doesn’t shy away from the ugly or the profane. In a word, stunning, with a capital ‘S’.” – Cate Blanchett