Dutch National Ballet presents

GRIMM Junior Company en ISH

This show was to been seen in April 2018

GRIMM goes on tour in 2020!

Ballet and hiphop in an adventurous fairy tale

GRIMM tour Apr May Jun 2020

GRIMM is an exciting collaboration between the Junior Company and ISH Dance Collective, and is thus an encounter between ballet and other dance forms, like hiphop. The two dance styles complement one another in a spectacular way in GRIMM.

In short

GRIMM is about two boys who find themselves in a fantasy world, where they meet Red Riding Hood and the wolf, the seven dwarves, Rapunzel, Snow White, the witch, Cinderella and other fairytale characters in succession. They get mixed up in exciting adventures, in which all sorts of elements from well-known fairytales are jumbled up in a lively parade of fairytale characters. As in all fairytales, a big role is played by love and jealousy, friendship, tyranny, intrigues and the battle between good and evil.

Ernst Meisner

Choreographer and artistic coordinator Junior Company

Ernst Meisner is choreographer and since 2013 the artistic coordinator of Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company. He danced with The Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.

Marco Gerris


Choreographer Marco Gerris (1975, Philippines) is the artistic director of ISH, the cross-over dance company he founded in 2000. Ernst Meisner (artistic coordinator Junior Company) and Marco Gerris collaborated in 2014-2015 for 'Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and they will work together again for GRIMM (2018).


In a completely new adaptation, Marco Gerris and Ernst Meisner are making a compilation of the best Grimm stories, interwoven with magic and contemporary elements. Following the huge success of Narnia, GRIMM is once again an exciting collaboration between the Junior Company and ISH Dance Collective. Ballet dancers and hiphoppers dance together in a new, individual dance style, in which they challenge and surprise one another.

GRIMM is a timeless story that is told through modern means. The music has been especially commissioned from the British composer and sound artist Scanner (Robin Rimbaud). Aitor Biedma is creating ingenious film projections that clarify the many scene changes in the story, and the sets are by designer and interior architect René van der Leest (Studio Ruim). And the atmospheric lighting by Mike den Ottolander makes GRIMM a very cinematic performance indeed.

Unboxing talent

ING is main sponsor of the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet. Talent and IQ alone are not enough to get to the top. Which is why ING looks beyond these when selecting the next generation of top talents, for example also considering social skills and perseverance. ING draws inspiration from talent at organisations that they care about, such as the Junior Company of the Dutch National Ballet. The Unboxing Talent series highlights the journey to the top for talents in their respective fields.



GRIMM is also supported by:


The Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet is also supported by: