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Sudden and Suspended

NDT 2 | Edward Clug / David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen en Johan Inger
Thu 21 Apr - Thu 9 Jun
Thu 21 Apr '22
Thu 9 Jun '22

Sudden and Suspended captures three distinct choreographic voices. The program presents a world premiere by NDT guest choreographer Edward Clug, engages in a new relationship with Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond who will present a world premiere, and restages Johan Inger’s critically acclaimed IMPASSE. 


Edward Clug - Wereldpremière
David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen (Out Innerspace) - Wereldpremière
Johan Inger - IMPASSE (2020)

Clug created his first work for NDT in 2015, mutual comfort, that led to rave reviews and thus marked his breakthrough in the Netherlands. In all his works, the choreographer Edward Clug (Romania) displays a poetic and dynamic nature to his choreographic language with a strong contrast in detail that creates refined, intimate and sensual movements. Clug’s premiere for Sudden and Suspended will be his fifth commission with NDT, establishing him as recurring and welcoming guest choreographer with the company. 

The choreography of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond (Canada) can be described as cinematic, and gravity defying and pushes the traditional aesthetics and forms of dance through research, experimentation and rigorous free play. Their work has toured globally and together the choreographers have created for companies worldwide. In 2007 Tregarthen and Raymond founded their own dance company Out Innerspace, that creates works that value the body and human experience as unlimited resources for discovery and meaning. For Sudden and Suspended they have been invited to create their first piece with the dancers of NDT 2.

The choreography by Johan Inger (Sweden) often underscores a powerful and passionate vocabulary that folds into playful and lyrical passages that create a kinesthetic connection. As a former member of NDT he created his first work for the company in 1995, and held the position of associate choreographer between 2009 and 2015. Inger creates for companies around the world.

For Sudden and Suspended the NDT 2 dancers revisit IMPASSE from 2020. The work questions the ability to collectively interrogate the world, and to find the capacity to reimagine it. Fluid movements and strong rhythms are translated through moments of hysterical comic relief and manic isolation that demand an increasing sense of urgency. 



Edward Clug

Edward Clug (Beius, 1973) decided to enroll at the dance academy to escape the repressive communist regime of Ceauşescu. In 1991 Clug completed his ballet studies at the National ballet school in Cluj-Napoca (Romania). The same year he was engaged as a soloist at the Slovene National Theatre (SNG) in Maribor where he made his first choreography.

In 2003 Clug became artistic director of the ballet, leading the company towards new and distinctive directions.

As a choreographer he received internatiol acclaim with Radio & Juliet (2005). Clug succeeded in putting the Maribor Ballet ensemble on the international dancing map by participating in the largest theatre festivals, such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (USA), The Stars of the White Nights festival in the Mariinski Theatre St.Petersburg, Arts Festival in Singapore and Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea.

Besides Maribor Ballet Clug was repeatedly invited to create new works for Stuttgart Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and other companies around the world. He won several awards, including a “Special Award for Best Choreography” for his creation Roses for Anne Teresa / Football Stories at the International Theatre Festival MESS in Sarajevo (2011). Clug received international awards for his choreographies at dance competitions and festivals in Moscow, Belgrade and Sarajevo and he was nominated for the Golden Mask award in Moscow (2010). He received the highest Slovene prices in culture for his work, the Award of the Prešern Foundation in 2005 and the Glazer Charter in 2008. In 2014 the magazine Tanz acknowledged him as one of future’s hope in the field of choreography.

In 2015 Clug created his first work for Nederlands Dans Theater. The work mutual comfort led to rave reviews and thus marked his breakthrough in the Netherlands. In 2016 he created his second work for NDT 2, Handman. In season 2017-2018 he created a new piece Proof for the NDT 1 programme Side A: Split into One, which premiered on September 22, 2017. His mutual comfort was part of the programme Sum Thoughts, which premiered on March 8, 2018. His work APERTURE premiered on November 29 2019 in the NDT 1 programme Soir Historique.

David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen (Out Innerspace)

Out Innerspace was founded in 2007 by Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond on unceded Indigenous of the Coast Salish peoples.

 David and Tiffany’s studies and early careers lead them to New York, South Korea, Brazil, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic, and Italy. Their collaboration formed during a two-year residency in Antwerp, Belgium before returning to Vancouver, Canada to form Out Innerspace and its education program Modus Operandi. They have worked at institutions including London School of Contemporary Dance, Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Fontys Dansacademie, Hansung University and NYU. Their performance careers include dancing with Justine A. Chambers, Company 605, Wen Wei Dance, Beijing Modern Dance Company and Kidd Pivot. Their works have been awarded The 2014 CanDance Creation Fund, The 2019 Crystal Dance Prize and Associate Artist of Agora de la Danse in Montreal for the next 3 years.

 Entering their 17th year of collaboration, they are creating works for Ballet BC (Canada), NDT 2, Hessisches Staats Ballett (Germany) and LUCODA Collective (Luxembourg) while embarking on their 4th international tour with their latest work Bygones. Their education program Modus Operandi offers relevant dance development and individualized mentorship generating some of Canada’s most radical and inspired young dance artists.

Their new creation for NDT 2 in the 2021-2022 season marks the debut of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond with NDT.

Johan Inger

The Swede Johan Inger (Stockholm, 1967) completed 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 Swedish Royal Ballet in Stockholm. Fascinated by the works of Kylián, Inger was convinced that a next step in his dance career should take him to Nederlands Dans Theater. In 1990 he joined NDT 1 and was a high-profile dancer in this company until 2002. Soon his talent for choreography was noticed.

Inger was asked in 1995 to make his first choreography for NDT 2. The resulting Mellantid marked his official debut as a choreographer and was immediately a resounding success.

Since his debut, Inger has made various works for Nederlands Dans Theater (like Sammanfall, Couple of Moments, Round Corners, Out of breath). 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 with Dutch prizes such as the Golden Theatre Dance Prize 2000 by the VSCD Dance Panel and the Merit Award 2002 from the Stichting Dansersfonds ’79. In 2013, Johan received the prestigious Carina Ari Award in Stockholm for his worldwide promotion of Swedish art and dance.

From 2003 to 2008 Inger was artistic leader of the Cullberg Ballet for which he made various choreographies. In 2008 Inger stopped as artistic leader for Cullberg Ballet so as to devote himself entirely to choreography.

Between 2009 and 2016, Johan Inger held the position as Associate Choreographer with Nederlands Dans Theater, creating for both companies (NDT 1 + NDT 2) regularly.

In May 2016, Johan received the Benois de la Danse prize for his work One on One, created for NDT 2 in 2015. His latest creation for NDT is IMPASSE (2020) for the NDT 2 dancers.

Inger’s work is on the repertoire of many leading dance companies all over the world.