Report- Young Talent Project 2018

20 January 2019

Isabella Lanz reports:

“The 6th Young Talent Project was held from 6 to 9 December and I saw the performance on the Saturday.

What a fantastic initiative the partnership between NDT and the Conservatoire’s Dance programme is. The students learn a lot, while at the same time producing an enjoyable and varied programme. The Young Talent Project 2018 offered a range of works by internationally renowned choreographers, including Jiri Kylián, Lightfoot/Léon, Cristal Pite, Johan Inger and Mehdi Walerski, while NDT1 dancer Menghan Lou created a new work for the event.”

The evening opened with Lightfoot/Léon’s School of Thought. Performing so close to the audience is not an everyday occurrence for the students and was therefore quite a challenge. The next item was two duets from Indigo Rose (Kylian). Indigo is associated with serenity and mystery, qualities that on this occasion coloured the delicate female roles in particular.

Parade (Pite) was a huge contrast. The students really captured the alienating atmosphere of this piece – a fictious military parade. But on its own like this, I did miss the poetic context of this ballet. There was subtlety to be found in an adaptation of Ingers’ Now and Now, the highlight of which was an inventive duet in which the dance partners casually help to undress each other. Beautiful. More classical in style was the following piece, Walerski’s Garden, a technically demanding ballet with room for a beautiful solo. Lou surprised with Know Your Place, a dynamic and imaginative group piece with a powerful solo role. The evening closed in lively fashion with Kylián’s celebratory Chapeau (the title roughly translates as ‘hat’s off’ and the work marks the 25th anniversary of Queen Beatrix’s coronation).

Yes, indeed. The Young Talent Project 2018 had a lot to offer students: intensive group work, duets and solos, pure dance, but also performance and singing. Above all, the students showed how suited they are to contemporary dance, how versatile they are and how well they could interpret the specific styles of the choreographers. Where their classical training was more of a help than a hindrance.”

Isabella Lanz

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