Nederlands Dans Theater © Rahi Rezvani
Nederlands Dans Theater. Wir sagen uns Dunkles

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 2)

“mutual comfort”
“Sad Case”
“Wir sagen uns Dunkles”
“Subtle Dust”

mutual comfort
Choreography Edward Clug
Music Milko LazarPErpeTuumOVIA
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
Choreography by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
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

Wir sagen uns Dunkles
Choreography Marco Goecke
Franz Schubert Trio, Nocturne in e flat, opus 148, D. 897
Placebo Song to Say Goodbye; Slave to the Wage; Loud like Love
Alfred Schnittke Piano quintet, part 2: '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

Subtle Dust
Choreography by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata #12, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen - BWV 12; Cantata #150, Nach Dir, Herr, Verlanget, Mich - Sinfonia - BWV 150; Toccata in C Minor - BWV 911; Prelude & Fugue in D Minor - BWV 851; arrangeur Alexander Raskatov © Internationale Musikverlage H. Sikorski, Hamburg / Albersen Verhuur B.V., ’s-Gravenhage; Cantata #152, Tritt Auf Die Glaubensbahn - Concerto - BWV 152; Violin Concerto #2 In E. Adagio - BWV 1042-2; Bach Goldberg Variations Aria - BWV 988; arrangeur Victor Kissine
Sleep Whales by Nature Sounds
Decor Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Costumes Joke Visser, Hermien Hollander
Light Tom Bevoort
Video Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Rahi Rezvani

On popular demand Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is returning to Berliner Festspiele! This time, the second company NDT 2 will be dancing a programme of four pieces in five consecutive performances between 11 October and 14 October 2018, including a matinée performance on 14 October. The Berlin audience will be offered a slice of the extremely varied NDT 2 repertory. Alongside older and newer works by house choreographers Sol León & Paul Lightfoot – “Sad case” (1998) and “Subtle Dust” (2018) -, the dancers will also perform “Wir sagen uns Dunkles” (2017) by NDT associate choreographer Marco Goecke and “mutual comfort” (2015) by Edward Clug. All four pieces will be performed in Berlin for the very first time.

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

For “Subtle Dust” (2018), their newest NDT 2 creation, Leon & Lightfoot revisited the music of J.S. Bach whose influence has impacted the choreographers’ career significantly. In this work, the concept of transformation plays a crucial role, as it does in all our lives, be it physical, emotional or spiritual. “Subtle Dust” therefore highlights the transformation of the young and talented artists of NDT 2, in an effort to support them in their own path of growth and change.

“Today, my feelings belong to the dancers, more than ever before”, said Goecke after creating “Wir sagen uns Dunkles” (2017), one of his newer creations for NDT 2. About this work, his dramaturg Nadja Kadel explained: “[The work] 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. […] A blink of the eye, a glance, a seemingly fleeting gesture. […] 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. The dancers move limitless, 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.”

“mutual comfort” (2015) marked Edward Clug’s debut with NDT. The short choreography proved exemplary for Clug’s detailed and sharply defined choreographic style. 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 emphasising 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.

Trailer: mutual comfort
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Trailer: Sad Case
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Trailer: Wir sagen uns Dunkles
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Trailer: Subtle Dust
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Duration 2h 15min, two intervals

Premiere “mutual comfort”: 19 March 2015, Lucent Danstheater Den Haag
Premiere “Sad Case”: 7 February 1998, Lucent Danstheater Den Haag
Premiere “Wir sagen uns Dunkles”: 4 November 2017, Zuiderstrandtheater Den Haag
Premiere “Subtle Dust“: 8 March 2018, Zuiderstrandtheater Den Haag

Tickets & Dates

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 2)


Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Main Stage


€ 15 - 53


  • Thu 11 Oct 2018, 20:00 - 22:15
  • Fri 12 Oct 2018, 20:00 - 22:15
  • Sat 13 Oct 2018, 20:00 - 22:15
  • Sun 14 Oct 2018, 15:00 - 17:15
  • Sun 14 Oct 2018, 20:00 - 22:15