22-23 May 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

2:30, incl. 2 intervals


From € 15

Do Not Run Fly - Nederlands Dans Theater

Do Not Run Fly

In a triple bill of works, Do Not Run Fly builds imaginary landscapes in an attempt to understand a world that is constantly changing. NDT 1 presents two new creations by choreographers Marcos Morau and Yoann Bourgeois & Marie Bourgeois, as well as one audience favourite from the oeuvre of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), Solo Echo (2012) by associate choreographer Crystal Pite.

Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Do Not Run Fly

Marcos Morau addresses the urgent questions of today, in an effort to be witness to a world that exists in continuous turmoil and change. In his quest to understand human behaviour, the choreographer aims to emphasize the fight against the things that destroy us while reflecting on ideas on progress, society and the individual. Morau studied photography, movement and theatre, and is known for building imaginary landscapes in his works. He has been the director and choreographer of Barcelona based company La Veronal for over a decade, and his work has been presented at festivals and theatres worldwide. This new creation will be Morau’s first work with NDT 1. 

In his creations, Yoann Bourgeois focuses on the body’s interaction with space by creating physical devices that amplify this connection. Inspired by kinetic arts and optical illusions, Bourgeois’ work weaves together multiple disciplines such as dance, theatre, circus and the visual arts. “I am very interested in the world of games and in particular the game category that Roger Caillois calls the ’vertigo games’,” says Bourgeois. “These consist of an attempt to destroy for a moment the stability of perception and inflict on the lucid consciousness a kind of voluptuous panic.” This will be Bourgeois’ third creation for the company, a work he is co-creating with his partner Marie Bourgeois. 

Tell yourself, in that final flowing of cold through your limbs, that you love what you are.” These words from ‘Line for Winter’ by American poet Mark Strand were the inspiration for Solo Echo (2012), originally created for NDT 1 by associate choreographer Crystal Pite. Against a backdrop of steadily whirling snow one character is seen through the perspective of many. Set to two sonatas for cello and piano by Brahms – the first composed at the beginning of his life and the second towards the end – Solo Echo describes a life’s journey from the coming of age to the passing of time. Upon its premiere, the work was met with critical acclaim by the Dutch press: “The solos are growing gradually until all dancers create a great organic knot, a moving sculpture that, indeed, echoes the sounds of all individuals,” wrote de Volkskrant. 

Performance information

World premiere - Horses
Choreography  Marcos Morau

World premiere - Without Walls
Choreography  Yoann Bourgeois & Marie Bourgeois

Solo Echo
Choreography  Crystal Pite

Musical accompaniment  Dutch Ballet Orchestra

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Rehearsal - world premiere - Yoann Bourgeois & Marie Bourgeois (NDT - Do Not Run Fly)
Rehearsal 'Solo Echo' - Crystal Pite (NDT - Do Not Run Fly)
Rehearsal world premiere - Marcos Morau (NDT - Do Not Run Fly)
Nederlands Dans Theater - Do Not Run Fly
Solo Echo | Photo: Rahi Rezvani
Nederlands Dans Theater - Do Not Run Fly
Solo Echo | Photo: Rahi Rezvani
Nederlands Dans Theater - Do Not Run Fly
Solo Echo | Photo: Rahi Rezvani
Nederlands Dans Theater - Do Not Run Fly
Nederlands Dans Theater - Solo Echo | Photo: Rahi Rezvani


An introduction will take place 45 minutes before the start of this performance, during which an expert will give background information and offer interesting perspectives on the performance, allowing you to get even more out of your theatre visit. The introductions are given in Dutch. They can be visited for free and without reservation, by showing your ticket for the performance.

Introduction Do Not Run Fly by: Emmeline Mooij (Wed 22) and Alinde Haan (Thu 23) 
Location: Souterrain
Time: 19:15 - 19:45

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Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Dutch Ballet Orchestra’s mission is ‘to inspire movement in dance’. Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud musical partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. In every performance, the orchestra searches for inspiring synergy between music and dance, in order to give the audience a magical experience.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Led by principal conductor Matthew Rowe, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is the leading orchestra for dance in the Netherlands. The orchestra accompanies performances ranging from traditional ballet to modern dance, alongside its activities in music education and talent development.

Besides performances with Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, Dutch Ballet Orchestra has a long tradition of innovative – and award-winning – family performances. For instance, Creatures (in collaboration with ISH Dance Collective) received the international Young Audiences Music Award, and the production Hansel and Gretel (in collaboration with Orkater) won various Musical Awards. In these productions, the musicians play from memory, without a conductor and in costumes, so that they form an integral part of the performance.

And finally, Dutch Ballet Orchestra has a long-term partnership with the Dutch National Ballet Academy. They are therefore involved in the music curriculum for pupils and students, facilitate student visits to orchestra rehearsals and provide music for the academy’s end-of-year performance, where possible.

Echo NDT

Nederlands Dans Theater

For sixty years, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) has been one of the leading contemporary dance companies. Based in The Hague, the group performs to an international audience of 150,000 at home and abroad. From The Hague, two companies work continuously to contribute to the future of contemporary dance, not only in the Netherlands but also far beyond our borders. NDT works with international choreographers and artists, connecting with audiences and communities all over the world.

Photo: Solo Echo | © Rahi Rezvani