In 1972, he started to design for dance with the Netherlands Dance Theater, for which he has designed ballets for Cliff Keuter, Jiří Kylián and Nacho Duato. Productions he has designed for Jiří Kylián include Sinfonietta, Dream Dances, Torso, and Overgrown Path. For Nacho Duato, he designed Danza, Bolero, and Arenal, among others.
Outside the Netherlands, he has worked frequently with Christopher Bruce for dance companies throughout the world, including Ballet Rambert, the English National Ballet (London Festival Ballet), the Cullberg Ballet, Gulbenkian, and the Houston Ballet.
Overgrown Path is Nobbe’s third work to enter American Ballet Theatre’s repertoire since Torso (1982) and Sinfonietta (1991).