• Dance
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    ROBERT BATTLE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
    Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the most iconic dance companies in the world. Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958, the group performs worldwide as the United States’ Cultural Ambassador to the World, thrilling audiences with the rich emotions of its repertory and the extraordinary talents of its dancers. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey designated Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years she brought the Company to unprecedented heights. In July 2011, Ms. Jamison passed the mantle of Artistic Director to Robert Battle.

    Recent highlights of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s work include nationwide US touring, sell out seasons in New York, London and Paris, and guest appearances in major cities including Oslo, Moscow, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Johannesburg.

    During the summer of 2017, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Europe for Les Etés de la Danse in Paris – as part of the opening season of La Seine Musicale – as well as an extensive tour of Germany and Switzerland.

    Dating from the early 17th century, Kabuki is one of Japan’s oldest and most spectacular art forms. Its performances are highly-stylized, with magnificent sets, flamboyant costumes, elaborate make up and live music played on traditional instruments.

    Askonas Holt has toured and presented Kabuki on several occasions, most recently with one of its greatest young stars, Ichikawa Ebizo XI, who possesses film-star looks and also the consumate skill required to perform both male and female (onnegata) roles. His first visit to London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2006 was hugely popular with audiences and critics alike; a success he has emulated in Paris, Amsterdam and Monte Carlo. In June 2010, Ebizo returned to London to perform extracts from the epic play “Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura”, including one of the most famous scenes in all of Kabuki, “Shi-no-Kiri”.

  • Dance
  • Nederlands Dans Theater 1

    Nederlands Dans Theater, under the artistic leadership of Paul Lightfoot, is one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the world. The company originated in 1959, when 22 people broke free from the Nederlands Ballet. These rebels were impassioned by dance and by the desire to give it a style all their own.

    Through the years, and particularly under former artistic director Jiri Kylian, NDT has done pioneering work in contemporary dance, building up a rich repertoire of over 600 ballets. These include masterpieces by Kylian and Hans van Manen, as well as the work of house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, associate choreographers Crystal Pite, Johan Inger and Alexander Ekman, and pieces by guests such as Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Marco Goecke, Wayne McGregor and Ohad Naharin.

    NDT’s dancers are renowned for their virtuosity, astonishing technique and unparalleled expression. The company contributes to various art forms by involving visual art, music composition, and innovative light and set designs, all the while developing new talent. In its theatre in The Hague, all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to let the future of dance take shape.

    The ‘big company’, NDT1, consists of thirty dancers of seventeen different nationalities. They vary in age from 23 to 42, and each one of them excels in their solo qualities. These phenomenal dancers, and the multifaceted repertoire they bring to the stage, attract full houses all over the world.

     

     

     

  • Dance
  • Nederlands Dans Theater 2

    Nederlands Dans Theater, under the artistic leadership of Paul Lightfoot, is one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the world. NDT’s dancers are renowned for their virtuosity, astonishing technique and unparalleled expression. Moreover, the company contributes to various art forms by involving visual art, music composition, and innovative light and set designs, all the while developing new talent. In its theatre in The Hague, all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to let the future of dance take shape.

    NDT2 was founded in 1978. In its almost 35 years of existence, it has developed into a top quality, internationally-recognized company performing in theaters all over the world.

    NDT2 consists of 16 dancers between the age of 17 to 23, all of whom completed a classical ballet training. Dancers are recruited from all over the world. The initial aim of NDT2 is to ‘feed’ the main company NDT1 with its young dancers. It therefore serves as ‘bridge’, to mature freshly graduated dancers from various classical conservatories and schools, and to prepare them for a professional career in dance. Today over seventy percent of the dancers of NDT1 started their career in NDT2.

    The repertoire of NDT2 is diverse, working with established choreographers such as Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and Johan Inger. But also, more importantly, working with upcoming choreographers like rising star and associate choreographer Alexander Ekman. NDT2 works closely with young choreographers and, confronted by different choreographic styles and techniques, gives its dancers the opportunity to react to contemporary developments in music and art. These talented young performers are able to mirror the realities of today and incorporate these elements into new productions as a kind of Zeitgeist of the 21st century.