Dutch National Ballet presents

Gala 2017

This show was to been seen in September 2017

dresscode: black tie


Dutch National Ballet’s festive gala performance to open the theatre season has become an institution. The Gala has grown into an extremely popular event that is greatly appreciated by ballet-lovers and celebrities alike.

In short

The Gala presents an exclusive surprise programme involving a total of around two hundred dancers. The Gala is dedicated to Rachel Beaujean, who was one of Hans van Manen’s muses for many years.

After the performance, the festivities of the Gala will continue in the foyer, where you can take to the dance floor yourself, along with the dancers and choreographers.

Dress code: Black tie

Surprise programme

The Gala comprises a varied selection from the company’s extensive repertoire, which will include some teasers for new ballets in the coming season. There will be excerpts from the big classical ballets and works by the master of twentieth-century ballet George Balanchine, as well as new creations. All the principals of the company will be appearing, which is a unique event, as there is no other production where they all perform on the same evening. In addition, the Junior Company is presenting a piece from its own repertoire, and both companies will appear side by side in the Grand Défilé, along with the very youngest dance talents of the Netherlands.

Contrary to earlier announcements, our invited guests - prima ballerina Diana Vishneva with her dance partner Vladimir Mlakhov, and Martin Schläpfer - are sadly unable to appear in our Gala. Instead, we plan to bring you two world premieres:  Revelry by Ernst Meisner and Two and Only by Wubkje Kuindersma. The rest of the evening will remain a surprise.

Rachel Beaujean
In the coming season, Rachel Beaujean will be celebrating forty years of association with Dutch National Ballet. As a dancer, she gained fame mainly as the muse of Hans van Manen, but she was also a favourite of the other resident choreographers, Rudi van Dantzig and Toer van Schayk. She also danced many principal roles in the classical repertoire and performed in ballets by Balanchine, Brandsen, Forsythe, Graham and Lock among others. In 1997, she stopped dancing and became ballet mistress with the company, going on to be appointed head of the artistic staff in 2003. Apart from being closely involved in policy decisions, she is also one of the best soloist coaches and rehearsal directors. In addition, she has also staged various important productions for the company in recent years.




Musical accompaniment

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

conducted by Philip Ellis


Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany its partners, Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This gives the orchestra its unique character: flexible, dynamic and high-quality.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development. The orchestra’s mission is to create an optimal synthesis between music and dance, in order to reach dance-lovers and ballet music enthusiasts, as well as children and youngsters.

The orchestra has received several international awards for its educational projects, including the Young Audiences Music Award in 2016 for Creatures, a collaborative project with dance company ISH.

Philip Ellis - guest conductor
Born in London, Philip Ellis won First Prize at the 1991 Leeds Conductors’ Competition. He is conductor for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, where he has conducted virtually every production since 1990. He has also guest conducted The Royal Ballet, La Scala Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Australian Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Royal Swedish Ballet, Angel Corella Ballet, Semperoper Ballett – Dresden, Finnish National Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet,Gothenburg Ballet, Polish National Ballet, English National Ballet, Adventures in Motion Pictures and Kobayashi Ballet. He was principal conductor of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra (1995-2017), associate conductor of the English Sinfonia (1985-2005) and a regular guest conductor for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has made many CD recordings. His symphonic concert work has included guest conducting engagements with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, National Orchestra of Mexico, Netherlands Radio Symphony and at home in the UK the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, London Mozart Players and many others.





    Mon 13 Feb De Telegraaf about the Gala 2016

    ‘At the Dutch National Ballet’s sixth Ballet Gala, the stage radiated dedication, discipline, passion and pure beauty’.