Magic, humour and virtuosic dance

Dutch National Ballet presents its new season for the first time together with Dutch National Opera on a single website, in a new format and with a new house style. A logical step following the successful merger between the two companies and our marvellous theatre.

The company’s artistic policy and profile remains the same, and Dutch National Ballet’s unique and successful path will be maintained in the years to come.

This new season offers an extraordinary programme, with no less than four world premieres, two Dutch premieres, the reprise of popular classics, works from the world repertoire and internationally successful works created for our company. New to the Netherlands is the narrative ballet La Dame aux Camélias, after the well-known story by Alexandre Dumas (fils). A masterpiece by the American-German choreographer John Neumeier: psychologically moving, visually powerful and extremely challenging, both technically and dramatically, for the dancers. I also very much look forward to the world premieres by the inimitable Hans van Manen and up-and-coming talent Ernst Meisner, as well as to the creations by top choreographers David Dawson and Christopher Wheeldon, who represent Cool Britannia, together with Wayne Mc Gregor, who makes his Dutch National Ballet debut with his acclaimed Chroma.

Swan Lake, in an inspired interpretation by Rudi van Dantzig, who passed away in 2012, and with brilliant decors and costumes by Toer van Schayk, is one of the most well-loved ‘evergreens’ of our repertoire and a milestone in the history of Dutch dance. In its own way is Cinderella that as well: a spectacular dance version of the familiar fairy tale, full of magic, humour and virtuosic dance. Following successful runs in Amsterdam, San Francisco and New York, this modern family performance returns by popular demand at Christmastime. George Balanchine’s Jewels is a highlight in the oeuvre of the twentieth century’s most significant choreographer, whose work takes pride of place in Dutch National Ballet’s repertoire.

In addition to performances in our own theatre in Amsterdam and in theatres throughout the country, we plan to appear in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris and London. The Junior Company, founded last year and consisting of twelve young, talented dancers, looks forward to an exciting collaboration with the crossover dance company ISH and will additionally present a children’s programme and a new national tour.

A gala, many performances, choreography workshops, courses, educational programmes, special performances throughout the Netherlands and international tours: it promises to be a challenging, varied and rich year for Dutch National Ballet.

I warmly invite you to come and be moved by the best that ballet has to offer. I look forward to welcoming you to our performances.

Ted Brandsen

Director Dutch National Ballet