Preview: Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Exciting mixed bill from acclaimed young company
It’s 1998 and the world according to Sol León and Paul Lightfoot is about to turn upside down. The choreographic duo (and former couple) are expecting their first baby and creating ‘Sad Case’, their 17th work for Nederlands Dans Theater. ‘It was a very important work for us,’ recalls Lightfoot. ‘Often our works reflect what is going on for us at the time and we were about to become parents. So “Sad Case” was about: “what on earth are we going to get?” It’s extremely mad and bombastic.’
Both the work, and the child, have since grown. Celebrating their 25th anniversary as NDT choreographers in 2015, Lightfoot and León decided to create two brand new pieces, ‘Schubert’ and ‘Some Other Time’, and to re-stage, re-light and extend ‘Sad Case’ by a further seven minutes. The works are what Lightfoot calls ‘three worlds that inter-connect’ and will form part of NDT2’s Edinburgh programme. Also on the bill are Edward Clug’s fast paced ‘mutual comfort’, Hans van Manen’s masterful ‘Solo’ and Alexander Ekman’s witty crowd-pleaser, ‘Cacti’.
‘There are bound to be works you find more interesting or have a greater attachment to, because each one has its own individual character,’ says Lightfoot, who is also NDT’s artistic director. ‘But it’s an extremely diverse programme for both the audience and the dancers.’
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Fri 22 & Sat 23 Apr.