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Preview: NDT 2 at Newcastle Theatre Royal



NDT 2 Return to Newcastle Theatre Royal


Newcastle Theatre Royal

Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 March 2022.

One of the world’s leading dance companies and huge favourites with Newcastle Theatre Royal audiences make a triumphant return to the Grey Street venue for two mesmerising performances on Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 March 2022.

Big Crying

With their winning combination of fresh exuberance and astonishing athleticism, the 18 outstanding young dancers of NDT 2, the second company of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), are back in the UK for the first time since 2016 with a triple bill by German, Dutch and Swedish choreographers.


One of the original ‘second companies’, set up in 1978, NDT 2 is now recognised as a major contemporary dance company in its own right.

Big Crying

For its highly-anticipated return, NDT 2 will perform works by celebrated international choreographers Marco Goecke (Germany), Hans van Manen (The Netherlands) and Johan Inger (Sweden).


Associate choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theater since 2013, Marco Goecke has made his fourth work for NDT 2, The Big Crying, which has its UK premiere on this tour. One of his most beautiful works, it is a personal and moving piece about the fragility of life and love where Goecke harnesses the fiery power of the full company to deliver a real celebration of life. The Big Crying is set to a series of songs by Tori Amos.

Big Crying

Dutch maestro Hans van Manen has been involved with NDT since it was founded in 1959, first as a dancer, then choreographer, then artistic director from 1961 until 1970. His exquisite quartet, Simple Things, created for NDT 2 in 2001, is a master class in simplicity and has been described as ‘pure dance art’. The score features Haydn’s Piano Trio No 28 in E major as well as modern compositions for piano and accordion.


A former dancer with the Swedish Royal Ballet, Johan Inger has created many works for both NDT and NDT 2. His 2020 piece for NDT 2, is the programme’s second UK premiere. The uplifting and unpredictable IMPASSE bursts onto the stage to the joyful music of French-Lebanese jazz trumpeter and composer, Ibrahim Maalouf. In a bloodcurdling and sometimes funny finale to the programme, Inger celebrates the strength of togetherness over isolation in our world today.

Photos: Tristram Kenton


NDT 2 plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 15 – Wednesday 16 March 2022. Tickets are priced from £15.00 and can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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