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Nederlands Dans Theater to Return

The Arts Centre, Melbourne has scored an exclusive Australian season of contemporary dance featuring the legendary Nederlands Dans Theater. After a 14 year absence, the doyennes of contemporary dance will showcase their distinctive style at the Arts Centre’s State Theatre with five performances in July 2011.

Since its inception half a century ago, Nederlands Dans Theater has gone on to define dance and attract admiration the world over, and is now recognised as arguably the most innovative dance company in existence. The company has created a rich repertoire with works from master choreographers Jiří Kilián and Hans van Manen, as well as from resident choreographers Sol León & Paul Lightfoot and associate choreographers Crystal Pite and Johan Inger.

“It’s a real coup for us to be able to attract this great international company and dance lovers from around Australia will be eager to come to Melbourne for this exciting season, “ said Judith Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Arts Centre. “The company has inspired many first-time visits to the theatre for a great display of modern dance and I have no doubt this 2011 season will provide a similar opportunity.”

“It’s an honour to be back in Australia. We look forward to sharing with the Melbourne audiences a programme which reflects the essence of who we are: fortunate to have a rich and creative dance history which provides us with brilliant signature works like Double You by choreographer Jiri Kylián, while at the same time presenting recent creations by an emerging generation of contemporary dance makers such as Sol León & Paul Lighfoot and Crystal Pite,” said Nederlands Dans Theater Artistic Director Jim Vincent.

Nederlands Dans Theater 1
13 – 17 July 2011
the Arts Centre, State Theatre

Tickets on sale Monday 8 November at 9am. Phone 1300 182 183.

Photo: Joris-Jan Bos

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