CONTEMPORARY dance can, on occasion, be regarded as a little po-faced, as an artform that takes itself a little too seriously.
Not so Nederlands Dans Theater 2. The youth arm of the national dance company, one of the world’s most highly regarded, features dancers who are aged between 17 and 23. Their youthful playfulness was on show in abundance in the mixed programme that came to Bradford for two performances this week.
From the bravura opening of Studio 2, which features typically inventive set design, to the hilarious melee of Minus 16, the company demonstrates why, as one very-much-in-the-know audience member said to me, NDT is the “Rolls Royce company of the dance world”.