I new then
I new then
A piece set to the nostalgic music of Van Morrisons album Astral Weeks. A look back on a time that was both pure and simple but with the distinct challenges of becoming an adult. “This dive into the past had to be done with honesty, therefor resulting in trying to leave behind unnecessary gestures, movements and structures. We tried to be honest and pure, like we were every time meeting the choreographic material for the first time. I wanted it to lead to freshness, clarity and colour. I will never, never grow so old again.
Source : Van Morrisson
Johan Inger made his breakthrough as a choreographer in 1995 after a very successful dancing career at the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). Inger’s choreographies have won numerous prestigious awards. Between 2003 and 2008 he was the artistic director of the Cullberg Ballet, and between 2009 and 2015 he held the position as Associate Choreographer with NDT.
The Swede Johan Inger (Stockholm, 1967) had his dance training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and at the National Ballet School in Canada. From 1985 to 1990 he danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, the last year performing as a soloist. Fascinated by the works of Kylián, Inger was convinced that the next step in his dance career should take him to Nederlands Dans Theater. In 1990 the hour had come. He joined Nederlands Dans Theater I and was a high-profile dancer in this company until 2002.
When Inger tried his hand at Nederlands Dans Theater’s annual Choreography Workshops (now Switch), Jiří Kylián noticed his talent for choreography. After four workshop pieces Inger was asked in 1995 to make his first choreography for Nederlands Dans Theater II. The resulting « Mellantid » marked his official debut as a choreographer. It was part of the Holland Dance Festival and was immediately a resounding success. It brought him the Philip Morris Finest Selection Award 1996 in the Contemporary Dance category. In 2001 Mellantid was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award in the Best New Dance Production category.
Since his debut, Inger has made various works for Nederlands Dans Theater. For his ballets « Dream Play » and « Walking Mad » he received the Lucas Hoving Production Award in October 2001. « Walking Mad » as it was later performed by Cullberg Ballet was awarded the Danza & Danza’s Award 2005. Inger himself was nominated by the VSCD Dance Panel for the Golden Theatre Dance Prize 2000 and received the Merit Award 2002 of Stichting Dansersfonds ’79.
Inger left Nederlands Dans Theater for the artistic leadership of Cullberg Ballet in 2003. Over the next comming five years he made various choreographies for this company. In 2013 Inger received the prestigious Carina Ari medal in Stockholm for his worldwide promotion of Swedish art and dance.
Source: Johan Inger 's website
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I new then
Choreography : Johan Inger
Performance : NDT2
Scene setting : Urtzi Aranburu
Music plus : Van Morrison : Madame George, The way Young lovers do, I'll be your lover too, Sweet things, Crazy love
Lights : Tom Visser
Costumes : Bregje Van Balen
Decoration : Johan Inger
Spectacle production : Nederlands Dans Theater
Piece production : Maison de la Danse de Lyon