Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue 10 & Wed 11 Jun
Many people claim to find inspiration from above. But French choreographer, Medhi Walerski looked skyward for more practical reasons – the clouds. Creating his debut work for Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Walerski was taken by the bumpy Mammatus clouds left behind after a big storm.
‘It’s a very beautiful atmosphere,’ says Walerski. ‘And can be many different colours from orange to purple, really amazing. So I wanted to create that atmosphere on stage, something dreamy and almost like a fantasy.’ Walerski joined the Nederlands Dans Theater stable in 2001 as a dancer with NDT2. Two years later he moved on to NDT1 and has now begun choreographing for the company – a perfect example of how dancers can develop at this exceptional company.
Set against a backdrop of gently falling snow, Mammatus will be performed alongside Lightfoot/Leon’s stunning Sleight of Hand and Johan Inger’s expressive Dream Play. With all three works tapping into the incredible youthful vigour the NDT2 dancers have to offer. Having been there himself not so long ago, Walerski knew exactly what to do with them in the rehearsal studio.
‘I remember being in NDT2 and there being this huge energy and physical power,’ recalls Walerski. ‘From the age of 20–23/24 you have this fire inside you, you’re ready to explode, and I really wanted to work with the dancers and use that in the piece.’