Nederlands Dans Theater

Nederlans Dans Theater and Jirí Kylián are taking a break from each other. From September 2014 until fall 2017, the beloved contemporary ballet company will perform no works by the choreographer who put them on the map, according to dancelines.com. It's a surprise move that's shocked fans. But the decision wasn't made because of any bad blood—it's a strategy to force the company to innovate.

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Many artistic directors, especially of contemporary companies, arrive at their post after making a name for themselves as choreographers. But what makes a choreographer a good fit to lead a company? For Nederlands Dans Theater director Paul Lightfoot, whom writer Laura Cappelle profiles in our February/March issue, the transition wasn't necessarily natural.

 

Published November 23, 2009
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