By Diane Lemieux
Ève-Marie Dalcourt and Donnie Duncan are in The Hague because it is home to one of the world’s top dance companies, the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). Diane Lemieux talks with these two young dancers about their life and their work in this quiet Dutch city by the sea.
Competition to get into the NDT is daunting; dancers from around the world dream of joining the company. “You can ask anywhere; NDT is known as the lead contemporary dance company in the world.” Donnie Duncan is 23 years old and in his first year with the company. Originally from Carbondale, Illinois in the USA, he applied to NDT from San Francisco where he worked after his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on dance at Webster University. “It is the incubator of new choreographers. Other companies are watching to see who we’re going to bring out, who is up-and-coming,” adds Ève-Marie, from Montreal, Quebec.