05 Dec '19 to 08 Dec '19

Soir Historique

Nederlands Dans Theater 1

With Soir Historique, NDT1 takes you back to 1970, when Hans van Manen created Situation – a daring work that set the tone for the years to come. The evening will be complemented by Gabriela Carrizo's The missing door and a world premiere by Edward Clug.

A celebratory NDT dances into every corner of the room in festive triptych.

The Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is celebrating 60 years by taking you on a trip down memory lane to 1970 with Soir Historique. That was the year that Hans van Manen, grand master of Dutch dance, choreographed Situation especially for NDT. The work takes place in an empty space with only walls, a door and a clock. There is no music, and the dancers are merely guided by the space and sounds around them.

Van Manen's daring work sets the tone for Soir Historique, an evening centred around the room as a central dance theme, and how this subject has found its way into NDT's sixty-year-old oeuvre. Situation is accompanied by Gabriela Carrizo's The missing door, which she created for the company in 2013. That work is pure dance theatre, performed in a surrealistic room on stage, in which tension, absurdity, humour and timing sublimely coincide.

Inspired by these environments, these situations, the evening will close with a world premiere by Edward Clug, known for his subtle and sharply defined style. For NDT, Clugs creative voice represents a new generation of choreographic forces in the company.


The Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in the 2019/2020 season. For the company, it is a time to reflect on its modest beginnings, impressive present and promising future. That is why this season, NDT is celebrating the work of the great makers who have given the company its creative signature. It proudly presents a series of (new) contemporary choreographers who make the company what it is today.

About The missing Door

In The missing door (2013), horror dance in a hotel room, furniture, walls and costumes take on a macabre sheen as they are transformed by fast-changing dancers (and concentrated technicians).' - de Volkskrant

'A fascinating performance that plays with a reality where past and imagination literally seep in through the cracks.' - Theater newspaper


Situation Hans van Manen
World premiere Edward Clug
The missing door Gabriela Carrizo