12.12.2023 NDT 2 ILLUMINATE ©Joris-Jan Bos (1).jpg

Illuminate, the first NDT 2 program of the season 2023-2024, gives the spotlight to the three young choreographers: Nadav Zelner, Micaela Taylor and Jermaine Spivey.

For this triptych, these highly talented choreographers either create a new work or breathe new life into a recent work from their oeuvre. This all to research existing work and to further develop their choreographic talent.
In Illuminate diverse movement styles take centre stage. Nadav Zelner developed a unique dance language and technique over the years and Micaela Taylor, with her background in hip-hop and ballet, created her own dance style 'Expand Practice'. Jermaine Spivey has already built an impressive oeuvre, studied various works by Chrystal Pite and created works for a number of companies and houses. For the young dancers of NDT 2 this is a unique chance to work with various movement styles.

About Nadav Zelner
Returning to the NDT stage is Nadav Zelner’s Bedtime story (2021) that the Israeli choreographer created for the company in the height of COVID. “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,” says Zelner. At the time of its premiere, the work was met with critical acclaim: “Zelner’s dance language is passionate, lighting fast and absolute, detailed down to the thumb,” wrote NRC. 

About Micaela Taylor
Micaela Taylor is a dancer, choreographer, and the Artistic Director of her company TL Collective. Trained in hip-hop and ballet, she has created her own dance genre called 'Expand Practice', exuding emotion from the core and creating varied physicality and textures as expressions of one’s authentic self. Taylor’s movement language has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “athletic and graceful, precise and fluid”, and one that “settles in the dichotomies.” This premiere will mark Taylor’s first ever creation for the company.

About Jermaine Spivey
What does participation look, feel, and sound like? How does our perception of time or 'progress' stimulate engagement? With the desire to support new voices, NDT has invited Jermaine Spivey to the Amare stage with an expanded version of Code of Conduct (2022), originally created for Up & Coming Choreographers 2022. “With Code of Conduct I was interested in defining physicality through choreographic and improvised structures that place the dancers in states of happening, nothing, something,” Spivey says. 

Tue 12 Dec 2023
Theater aan het Vrijthof:
Premium seats € 40
Band A € 35
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Nadav Zelner, Micaela Taylor, Jermaine Spivey


Joris-Jan Bos