KyliĂˇn calls time out at NDT
In a surprise move, JirĂ KyliĂˇn and Nederlands Dans Theater have announced that the company will not perform the works of KyliĂˇn from September 2014 until the northern autumn of 2017.
The three year time-out period was initiated by KyliĂˇn who was NDTâ€™s artistic director for almost 25 years (1975-1999) and resident choreographer for 35 years until 2009.
KyliĂˇn said that â€śthere is no conflict, but with this decision I force the company to innovateâ€ť.
NDT had become great â€śbecause I was not bothered by tradition. Everything was possible, anything allowed. Now Paul feels the freedom to present themselves [NDT] with new work and new names”.
Lightfoot said he was shocked at first by KyliĂˇn’s proposal but â€śafter a year of conversation I get it and I stand behind this ‘time out’. He forces us to fill the empty space with something new.
“KyliĂˇn does not punish us, he challenges usâ€ť.
NDTâ€™s next season will begin with An Evening With JirĂ KyliĂˇn.
â€śThis is not a goodbye-festivalâ€ť, Lightfoot said.
Australian audiences will see NDT dance KyliĂˇnâ€™s works for the last time before 2018 in the season at the Sydney Opera House next month. The company will present two of his works and two by Lightfoot and his wife, Sol LeĂłn.
KyliĂˇn has not retired but is making a major film about his own life, editing a shorter film and creating a new dance/theatre production for the Aichi Triennial festival in Nagoya in Japan. The festival is entitled â€śAwakening â€“ Where Are We Standing? â€“ Earth, Memory and Resurrectionâ€ť.