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October 19, 2013 | By Lewis Segal
On the struggling and often confused American dance scene, the companies that make up Nederlands Dans Theater might seem to inhabit an alternative artistic universe. Think ballet line and virtuosity fused with modern dance weight and power. Think a commitment to the deepest European art-making traditions with no pandering to pop culture. Above all, think a super-ensemble: dancers who can form a superb corps one moment and perform just as superbly as principals the next. The proof was rapturously evident at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday when the main contingent (NDT1)
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October 19, 2013 | By Lewis Segal
On the struggling and often confused American dance scene, the companies that make up Nederlands Dans Theater might seem to inhabit an alternative artistic universe. Think ballet line and virtuosity fused with modern dance weight and power. Think a commitment to the deepest European art-making traditions with no pandering to pop culture. Above all, think a super-ensemble: dancers who can form a superb corps one moment and perform just as superbly as principals the next. The proof was rapturously evident at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday when the main contingent (NDT1)
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October 12, 2013 | By Susan Reiter
For more than two decades, the Nederlands Dans Theater's international profile was defined by longtime artistic director Jiri Kylian. Since Kylian stepped down, the company has begun to show the world the face it always presented at home in the Hague: that of a consistently creative troupe with a repertory showcasing a variety of choreographers, many of them current or former company members. All three works on Nederlands Dans' program at the Music Center from Oct. 18-20 fit that description.
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October 12, 2013 | By Susan Reiter
For more than two decades, the Nederlands Dans Theater's international profile was defined by longtime artistic director Jiri Kylian. Since Kylian stepped down, the company has begun to show the world the face it always presented at home in the Hague: that of a consistently creative troupe with a repertory showcasing a variety of choreographers, many of them current or former company members. All three works on Nederlands Dans' program at the Music Center from Oct. 18-20 fit that description.
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January 20, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Nederlands Dans Theater will make its first West Coast appearances in 14 years Oct. 25-30 in the 1994-95 dance season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The Netherlands contemporary dance troupe will offer the full-length "Kaguyahime" (set to music by Japanese composer Maki Ishi) and shorter works, all by company artistic director Jiri Kylian.
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October 31, 1994 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Jiri Kylian's introspective and often mysterious dances have always invited a wide range of personal responses from his audiences. Lately, however, he has created works specifically labeled as interactive: coloring books for adults that demand the creative interpretation of each viewer. The challenging, magnificently danced five-part program by Nederlands Dans Theater that opened Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center offered many such opportunities for filling in the picture.
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October 27, 1994 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Jiri Kylian's dance drama "Kaguyahime" is a tale of miracles and the first one is his transformation of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. To house Kylian's 1988, two-act vehicle for Nederlands Dans Theater, the adjustable proscenium of Segerstrom Hall was opened on Tuesday as never before, to its maximum, 68-foot width.
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February 17, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
The meditative dance poems of Jiri Kylian yield their possible meanings slowly, as a collaboration between choreographer and viewer. So the return of his magnificent Nederlands Dans Theater main company, in works seen during the last decade at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, allows local audiences another opportunity to savor complex expressions of a uniquely challenging yet life-affirming worldview.
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July 29, 1996 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
It's no longer news in the dance world that in his 21 years as artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater, Jiri Kylian has created a repertory and a company virtually unsurpassed in eloquence--a beau ideal of modernist expression wedding refinement of technique to depth of soul. That much everyone knew.
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October 25, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jiri Kylian fled his native Czechoslovakia in 1968, literally on the last train out after the collapse of the "Prague Spring" of Alexander Dubcek. The experience left a lifelong mark, and after the then-21-year-old dancer found sanctuary in Stuttgart with John Cranko's Stuttgart Ballet, he began choreographing in the sparse, expressionistic style that has since come to characterize his work as director of the Nederlands Dans Theater.
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September 12, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
A dance season has tended to be defined by one or two international companies of hefty size that have the selling power equivalent of a blockbuster movie. As with the blockbuster, however, that model has morphed. It has become prohibitively expensive and difficult to entice the elite, overseas classical companies - think the Paris Opera Ballet or England's Royal Ballet - to tour the West Coast. That said, we still have a strong contingent of impressive talent heading our way this fall, as presenters such as the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the Music Center and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts entice audiences with respected A-list artists, including Australia's Lucy Guerin, the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Russian ballerina Diana Vishneva, respectively.
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March 20, 2011 | Victoria Looseleaf
Amid the national politics and global courts of the Hague, there's also a vibrant arts scene. You may know that Vermeer's classic painting "Girl With a Pearl Earring" hangs in the tiny Mauritshuis museum, but this picturesque Dutch city with a smalltown vibe is also home to the esteemed, forward-looking Nederlands Dans Theater. Always composed of solid performers since its 1959 founding, the troupe vaulted to prominence under Ji?í Kylián, who led for years, beginning in 1978, with his emotional and kinetic choreography.
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March 20, 2011
Nederlands Dans Theater Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Cost: $30 to $120 Information: (213) 972-0711 or musiccenter.org
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April 1, 2004 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
The slowest, the fastest, the bleakest, the deepest, the hyperkinetic, the anti-kinetic, the sweetest, the most dangerous: Nederlands Dans Theater offered a whole spectrum of extremes in a program of three mysterious recent works by Jiri Kylian at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday.
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April 14, 2003 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
The only problem for Nederlands Dans Theater II has always been to steer its young performers (ages 17 to 22) away from the fabled expressive depth and nuance that makes its parent company one of the world's great contemporary ensembles. Instead, this dancing farm team needed to develop its own distinctive identity from sheer fervor, muscle power and animal energy, even in repertory handed down from above.
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February 17, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
The meditative dance poems of Jiri Kylian yield their possible meanings slowly, as a collaboration between choreographer and viewer. So the return of his magnificent Nederlands Dans Theater main company, in works seen during the last decade at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, allows local audiences another opportunity to savor complex expressions of a uniquely challenging yet life-affirming worldview.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1997 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Like Shakespeare's "Seven Ages of Man," the three companies that form Nederlands Dans Theater define changing identities within a single life. Founded as an apprentice group in 1978, NDT-2 now embodies a vision of fearless, limitless physicality: 17- to 22-year-olds exulting in the first bloom of their prowess as modern dancers.
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September 12, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
A dance season has tended to be defined by one or two international companies of hefty size that have the selling power equivalent of a blockbuster movie. As with the blockbuster, however, that model has morphed. It has become prohibitively expensive and difficult to entice the elite, overseas classical companies - think the Paris Opera Ballet or England's Royal Ballet - to tour the West Coast. That said, we still have a strong contingent of impressive talent heading our way this fall, as presenters such as the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the Music Center and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts entice audiences with respected A-list artists, including Australia's Lucy Guerin, the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Russian ballerina Diana Vishneva, respectively.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1997 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Like Shakespeare's "Seven Ages of Man," the three companies that form Nederlands Dans Theater define changing identities within a single life. Founded as an apprentice group in 1978, NDT-2 now embodies a vision of fearless, limitless physicality: 17- to 22-year-olds exulting in the first bloom of their prowess as modern dancers.
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April 16, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dancers measure their lives by the clock. It takes them years to master a movement vocabulary and, beyond that, years of experience to hit their stride. Very often, however, as they're reaching a peak interpretively, their bodies are beginning to weaken. Careers tend to end by age 40 or even 30. One man trying to help dancers at both ends of the spectrum is Jiri Kylian, artistic director of the Nederlands Dans Theater.
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