Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in Israel
Nadav Zelner’s Bedtime Story © Rahi Rezvani
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Nederlands Dans Theater 2, one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies, will perform at the Herzliya Performing Arts Center on July 5-10. MART is thrilled to announce that we support this highly anticipated tour

The program will feature works by celebrated international and Israeli choreographers: Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue by the Canadian star Crystal Pite, Cluster by the one-of-a-kind choreographer Edward Clug, and Bedtime Story by the young Israeli choreographer Nadav Zelner, who made his debut with NDT in the 2021-2022 season.

Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue by Crystal Pite
(2008/Company Premiere 2022)

Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue was originally commissioned by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and was premiered in 2008.

“I love the word rescue. It captures a whole story in a single word. Similarly, the body can convey narrative through the simplest of actions. For me, this work for Cedar Lakewas an act of excavation. After creating the choreography, I searched within it for images that specifically evoked rescue. There are many of them. They exist inside the dancing like fragments of an untold narrative. I suppose the presence of rescue in this work is twofold, as I tried to liberate and expose these images for brief contemplation before releasing them back into the dance: saving and holding one picture of rescue in each of the ten duets.”
– Crystal Pite

Cluster by Edward Clug
(World Premiere 2022)

“Coming back to create for NDT 2 felt almost necessary.

The company is completely new since the last time I worked with them and this aspect was the starting point in the process. No concept, no ideas, no music or other elements, I just wanted to work with them in the new empty space. As we approached each other, a dialogue of instincts began and the process unleashed spontaneously. After a few minutes we received Milko’s first fragment of music and the journey ignited.

The daily ritual of rehearsing gently united us behaving in the same pattern, somehow forming a human cluster that naturally became the pillar of this piece.”
– Edward Clug

Bedtime story by Nadav Zelner
(World Premiere 2021)

“The small, secret moment between sleep and consciousness is the moment in which I make my dreams come true.

Recently, I return to the dreams I once had.

As a kid, I used to dream about snakes. Every morning I was surprised that I remembered them in great detail, though I did not understand why these snakes visited me in my dreams.

Even though I am afraid of snakes, every time we met in a dream they did not threaten me, I was never afraid.

Today I understand that these snakes are me facing the world and facing myself.  I am confronting my fears and following my beliefs.

Instead of running away from memory, I decided to explore it and chose to use it as an element on the dancers’ pajamas.

Music lies at the beginning of every work I create. Given the fact that I have Tunisian roots, the choice of Northern-African music was natural.

When I hear it, I feel like I am in a dream full of freedom and hope.

In this work it was important for me to give my dreams a stage, and to give the dreaming child that I once was a tangible expression.

As we get older, we tend to abandon our dreams.

We should get reacquainted with the child in us. The one who is not afraid to fall, the one who experiences life and is intrigued to discover. The one who knows that all dreams can come true.

The child in us holds the power to laugh, to get excited, and to fulfill all that its desire.”
– Nadav Zelner

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