NDT maintains a professional touring company that performs year-round nationally and internationally. Performances are accompanied on a seasonal basis by a live orchestra from India. The highly innovative work of NDT offers profound and subtle expressions of humanity's deepest questions and values in the context of our present-day lives.
"The dancers are consummate professionals and their movements and gestures are a beautiful blend of artistry and magnificence. We were enthralled with every aspect of the performance and especially delighted to have the professional live musicians accompany the dancers. Together, they danced a wonderful blend of harmony, stamina, synchrony and emotion...We are proud and privileged to have this diversity in our community."
- Murrell Duster, Dean of Academic Development, Northeastern Illinois University
Audiences and critics worldwide have recognized the artistic excellence of the NDT Company, which The New York Times hailed as, "Triumphant... an enticing mixture of restraint and abundance". Recent celebrated performance highlights include: performances with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble before an audience of 13,000 in Chicago's Millennium Park; NDT was the first US company ever to appear at the prestigious World Music Institute in New York City; and serving as the only dance company selected to create an original work for performance at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. NDT is a six-time recipient of the Chicago Reader "Critic's Choice." NDT was featured in 2005 in The Chicago Dance Project, a 13-part series produced by PBS, and in 2006 in Arts Across Illinois CenterStage on WTTW Channel 11, and in a 1994 PBS production, World Stage Chicago, for which Hema Rajagopalan received an Emmy award.
Recent Presenters include:
Avignon Festival (France)
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
McAninch Arts Center at The College of DuPage
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
The Music and Dance Festival (Madras, India)
The Ravinia Festival
As a US based Dance Company, NDT is committed to sharing and promoting understanding of this art form fully. To engage and inform a wider community, many NDT works offer English language explanations of the movements and informative narratives embedded within the dance.