During the second half of the eighties Kylián's artistic view turned away from lyrical works to abstract and often surrealistic ballets, as evinced in No More Play (1988), Falling Angels (1989), Sweet Dreams (1990), Sarabande (1990) and Petite Mort (1991) - a tendency, which maintained throughout the past decade.
Recent works of Kylián include: Bella Figura (1995), Wings of Wax (1997), One of a Kind (1998), Half Past (1999), Click-pause-Silence (2000), Claude Pascal (2002), Last Touch (2003) and Toss of a Dice (2005) for Nederlands Dans Theater I; Indigo Rose (1998), 27'52" (2002) and Sleepless (2004) for Nederlands Dans Theater II; Tears of Laughter (1996), A Way A Lone (1998), Birth-day (2001), When Time Takes Time (2002) and Far too Close (2003) for Nederlands Dans Theater III. He created Doux Mensonges (1999) and Il faut qu'une porte (2004) for the Paris Opera and Blackbird (2001) for the Holland Dance Festival/Saitama Japan.
Apart from developing choreographic works, Kylián has also built up a unique organizational structure for and within Nederlands Dans Theater, adding two new dimensions to the Dutch ballet company. The world-famous Nederlands Dans Theater I has been expanded by Nederlands Dans Theater II (company of 16 dancers between the age of 17 and 22) and Nederlands Dans Theater III (dancers/performers beyond the age of 40) - each company with a distinctively individual repertoire.