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April 14, 2003

Nederlands Dans Theater II Ends Hancher Season

The Nederlands Dance Theater II will bring down the curtain on the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium's 2002-2003 season with two different programs of the best in contemporary European dance, at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 1.

On April 30, Nederlands Dans Theater II will perform Johann Inger's "Dream Play," set to music from Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"; "Simple Things" by Hans von Manen; and Jiri Kylian's "Sechs Tanze," set to music by Mozart.

Kylian's "Indigo Rose" is featured on the May 1 program, along with "Sad Case" by Paul Lightfoot and "Minus 16" by Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of Israel's Bat Sheva dance company.

Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times, responding to the "sheer fervor, muscle power and animal energy" of an April 12 performance at UCLA, proclaimed, "Take the explosive, anarchic impulse of rock dancing and add the ironic edge and hybrid style of current European ballet and modern dance -- that's what NDT2 unleashed in Royce Hall, and it will be hard to forget."

Nederlands Dans Theater, headquartered at The Hague, describes its trio of companies as "three dimensions of dance." Nederlands Dance Theater II is a company of 14 dancers between the ages of 17 and 21.

Approximately 70 percent of these young dancers, just beginning their professional careers, will become members of Nederlands Dance Theater I, the company's large ensemble. And when they reach the age of 40, they might even be part of Nederlands Dance Theater III.

Nederlands Dance Theater II performs works not only by Jiri Kylian, the legendary choreographer most closely associated with Nederlands Dance Theater, but also works by Hans von Manen, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin and other European choreographers whose work is fresh to American audiences.

Its emerging dancers -- the cream of the European contemporary dance crop -- often perform works by emerging choreographers as well.

Critic Ine Rietstap wrote in NRC Handelsblad, "The mental maturity of NDT II's dancers is striking. These young dancers don't look like unwritten pages, but show us a pleasant, confident, natural and mature approach towards their dance profession.

Reitstap called Ohad Naharin's "Minus 16" "a very cleverly constructed work. . . It's an orgy of dazzling, swinging, ecstatic dance which seems to develop instantly, but at the same time is exquisitely and precisely directed building up to an extremely exciting peak.

"The point where the excitement rises to fever-pitch is when the dancers leave the stage to pick people from the audience inviting them to dance with them. It's amazing how the dancers, unnoticed, direct their guest dancers in the choreography."

Learn more about the Nederlands Dans Theater on the World Wide Web at

Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund are the sponsors of the performances, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for Nederlands Dans Theater II are $35, $32 and $30 ($28 and $10 for UI students; $28, $25.60 and $24 for senior citizens; and half price for audience members 17 and younger).

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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