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Dans Theater

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot / Gabriela Carrizo
21 - 23 August 2017
Edinburgh Playhouse

Considered by many to be the finest dance company in the world, Nederlands DansTheater has taken a radically progressive path since its founding in 1959 – and has a long history of acclaimed dance theatre shows at the International Festival. Blurring movement, theatre and exquisite stage images, NDT is a breeding ground for some of the world’s most individual dance talents.

A surreal Lynchean thriller; a sumptuous meditation on time and memory; an unsettling glimpse into three couples’ love lives. All three come together in a powerfully contrasting trio of works – and all three equally potent in their emotional impact.

Heavy with longing and aching vulnerability, the exquisite visual poem Stop-Motion – by NDT Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot and Artistic Advisor Sol León – features seven dancers who meet, gather and part, their actions captured on giant video screens. With hypnotic movements amid clouds of chalk dust, it paints an astonishingly beautiful picture of loss and grief, set against deeply melancholic music by Max Richter.

Using a gently rippling score by Philip Glass, Shoot the Moon spies on the love lives of three different couples, corralled in tenderness, anger and sadness amid magically transforming rooms. Emotionally charged and full of athletic choreography, this provocative psycho-drama – also choreographed by León and Lightfoot – is a tender meditation on love and memory.

Bloodstains and contorted bodies, dark visions and writhing clothing all give The missing door its unforgettable sense of wonder and dread. With the dream-like surrealism of a David Lynch movie, Gabriela Carrizo’s gripping creation delves deep inside the maze of thoughts of a dying man. Magical and sinister, it’s like nothing else in the world of dance.

If you see only one live performance this year... NDT is the one to see

The New York Times

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  • Audio Described:
    23 Aug 7.30pm
  • Running time: 
    2hrs 10mins approx (two intervals)


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18-22 Greenside Place

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    Shoot the Moon
    Sol León, Paul Lightfoot Choreographers, set and costume designers
    Philip Glass Music
    Tom Bevoort Lighting designer

    The missing door
    Gabriela Carrizo Choreographer, set and costume designer
    Raphaëlle Latini Music
    Tom Visser Lighting designer

    Sol León, Paul Lightfoot Choreographers, set and costume designers and video concept
    Max Richter Music
    Tom Bevoort Lighting designer

    More information about some of the artists

    Nederlands Dans Theater
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    Sol León

    Paul Lightfoot

    Gabriela Carrizo

    Philip Glass
    Website | Facebook | Twitter

    Max Richter
    Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

    Photo: Nederlands Dans Theater © Rahi Rezvani

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


    Circle: £35 £30 £24 £19
    Stalls: £35 £30 £24 £19 £13 £11
    Balcony: £19 £13 £11

    Current discounts

    Students: 30% OFF
    Senior citizens: 30% OFF
    Unemployed: 30% OFF
    BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
    Under 18s: 50% OFF
    Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF