Netherlands Dance Theatre
Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT; literal translation, Netherlands Dance Theatre) is a Dutch contemporary dance company. NDT is headquartered at the Lucent Danstheater in The Hague. In addition to the Lucent Danstheater, NDT performs at other venues in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam's Het Muziektheater and Nijmegen's Stadsschouwburg.

Founders. NDT was founded in 1959 by Benjamin Harkarvy, Aart Verstegen and Carel Birnie together with a group of 18 members of the Dutch National Ballet (which was directed by Sonia Gaskell). Their intention was to break away from the more traditionally oriented Dutch National Ballet (Het Nederlands Ballet). NDT focused on to new ideas and experimentation with the exploration of new forms and techniques of dance. In 1961 the Nederlands Dans Theater got subsidy from the city of Den Hague and from the government. In the sixties the NDTs repertoire existed out of a combination of classical dance with a strong influence by American modern dance. The NDT got unprecedented recognition and success with guiding of different persons like Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián as artictic directors. In the first years of the seventies there was no clear policy because of various conflicts within the board of the NDT. That changed when in 1975 Jirí Kylian entered the board as artistic leader. The Nederlands Dans Theater has been stationed in the Lucent Danstheater at the Spui in Den Hague since 1987.


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