Dutch National Ballet | Season 2021-2022 – Dutch National Ballet 60 years

Dutch National Ballet 60 years
Image: Bart Hess

* anniversary season – Dutch National Ballet 60 years
* world premiere new production of the classic Raymonda
* 10 world premieres by  a.o.Toer van Schayk, David Dawson,
   Juanjo Arqués, Wubkje Kuindersma, Sedrig Verwoert
   and Shailesh Bahoran

* international festival for Hans van Manen’s 90th birthday
* special programme for 85th birthday of Toer van Schayk
* co-production Anansi with Dutch National Opera
* revivals of Nutcracker & the Mouse King and Mata Hari
* ticket sales for September start this week

On 31 August 2021,Dutch National Ballet will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The anniversary will be celebrated with a rich and varied programme featuring only ballets created or to be created especially for Dutch National Ballet. The company is presenting a selection from its extensive artistic heritage, as well as a multitude of new creations.

Director Ted Brandsen: “The 60th anniversary is a time to reflect on everything that has been achieved in the past decades, but also a time to consider the direction we want to take in the coming years. Because of all the covid restrictions, we are emerging from a period of ‘treading water’. So we are all eager to step back into the light. On to new challenges.”

10 world premieres
Dutch National Ballet will be presenting no less than ten world premieres in the anniversary season, including a new take on the classic Raymonda. Based on Marius Petipa’s famous choreography from 1898, in a new production by Rachel Beaujean.
There are also world premieres by Toer van Schayk (Lucifer Studies) in the TOER programme and by choreographers David Dawson, Juanjo Arqués, Wubkje Kuindersma and Sedrig Verwoert in the Made in Amsterdam programme.
Together with Dutch National Opera, Dutch National Ballet will be presenting the new family production Anansi, choreographed by Shailesh Bahoran and directed by Kenza Koutchoukali.
Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company will be dancing world premieres by Peter Leung, Marta Reig-Torres and Milena Sidorova in their own programme entitled Shooting Stars.

Special anniversaries
In addition to the Dutch National Ballet’s 60th anniversary, the company is celebrating two other special anniversaries. On the occasion of Toer van Schayk’s 85th birthday in September, the Dutch National Ballet will dance a programme entirely devoted to his work, entitled TOER.
In July 2022, Hans van Manen hopes to reach the respectable age of 90. This will be celebrated with a Hans van Manen Festival featuring performances by the Dutch National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Introdans and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, plus several leading international companies including the Marijinski Ballet from St Petersburg and the Wiener Staatsballett.

Revivals of large productions
Besides the brand new productions of Raymonda two other large scale productions will return in the anniversary season: Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Mata Hari.

Gala 60 years of Dutch National Ballet
The Gala to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Dutch National Ballet will close off the anniversary season in festive style in July 2022.

Ticket sales
Tickets for next season will go on sale in phases. From Thursday 13 May, Dutch National Ballet’s subscription holders will have priority access to tickets for the September programme TOER. Regular tickets for this programme will go on sale Thursday 20 May. Ticket sales for the other programmes will start after the summer.
For more information about the programme and ticket sales.

The Dutch National Ballet – season 2021/2022

September 2021:

TOER
Toer van Schayk

BEETHOVEN’S 7th SYMPHONY AND WORLDPREMIÈRE LUCIFER STUDIES
Programme entirely dedicated to choreographer and designer Toer van Schayk, on the occasion of his 85th birthday. With, besides his award-winning 7th Symphony, also a world premiere inspired by Lucifer, the most beautiful tragedy from the year 1654, from Dutch poet and playwright  Joost van den Vondel.
Sat. 11 to Sun. 26 September 2021

October 2021:

Mata Hari
Ted Brandsen

BALLET ABOUT ICONIC DANCER AND SPY
One of Dutch National Ballet’s recent hit productions. Evening-length creation by director and choreographer Ted Brandsen about the life of one of the most talked-about women in Dutch history: dancer and spy Mata Hari.

November 2021:

Anansi – in collaboration with Dutch National Opera
Kenza Koutchoukali/Shailesh Bahoran/Neo Muyanga

FAMILY PRODUCTION ABOUT THE MYTHICAL SPIDER
New production for everyone aged 8 and up about the adventures of the mythical spider Anansi, who always outwits his opponents. Created by a versatile artistic team, including director Kenza Koutchoukali, choreographer Shailesh Bahoran, composer Neo Muyanga and librettist Maarten van Hinte.

December 2021:

Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk

MAGICAL FAIRYTALE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Dutch National Ballet’s Christmas production. A festive fairytale in a Dutch atmosphere that is inextricably linked to the month of December. With ice skating scenes on the Amsterdam canals and a living room transformed into a snowy forest, the ballet has already enchanted more than 325,000 children and adults.

February 2022:

Raymonda
Marius Petipa, production and additional choreography Rachel Beaujean

NEW LARGE-SCALE PRODUCTION OF FAMOUS BALLET CLASSIC
Marius Petipa’s legendary ballet Raymonda, in a completely new version by assistant artistic director Rachel Beaujean. The large-scale production shows the classical ballet technique in its purest and most demanding form, and in Beaujean’s version the story takes on a new twist. Jérôme Kaplan, known for his staging of the ballet Don Quixote, designs the sets and costumes.

March/April 2022:

Made in Amsterdam
David Dawson, Juanjo Arqués, Wubkje Kuindersma and Sedrig Verwoert

NEW CREATIONS BY INSPIRING CHOREOGRAPHERS
Four world premieres in one programme. First of all, a new creation by internationally renowned choreographer David Dawson. Followed by new ballets by Juanjo Arqués and Wubkje Kuindersma, two young choreographers who have demonstrated their great talent, and a new work by ‘rising star’ Sedrig Verwoert. Verwoert’s very own signature earned him a nomination for the Dutch Swan for Most Impressive Dance Production 2020/2021.

April 2022:

Junior Company – Shooting Stars
Various choreographers

FROM SWAN LAKE TO WORLD PREMIERES
New touring programme by the up-and-coming dance talents of the Junior Company. Alongside highlights from the classical and contemporary repertoire – including a section from Swan Lake – there are also world premieres by three promising young choreographers: Peter Leung, Marta Reig-Torres and Milena Sidorova.

May 2022:

Hans van Manen on tour
Hans van Manen

IN THEATRES THROUGHOUT THE NETHERLANDS
Four masterpieces by Hans van Manen. A danced tribute to the Netherlands’ most famous and world-famous choreographer, who hopes to reach the respectable age of 90 on 11 July 2022.

In the Future
Community project

COLOURFUL VISION OF THE FUTURE OF DANCE
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Dutch National Ballet is organising a large-scale community project, In the Future. Taking Hans van Manen’s ballet of the same name as a starting point, amateur groups of different dance styles, ages and cultural backgrounds will work together for months on end towards a single dance performance in Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

June 2022:

Hans van Manen Festival
Hans van Manen

(INTER)NATIONAL TOP DANCE COMPANIES
A cross-section of the extensive oeuvre of master choreographer Hans van Manen. Performed by Dutch National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Introdans, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and several leading foreign ballet companies, including the Marijinski Ballet from Saint Petersburg and Wiener Staatsballett.

New Moves
Various choreographers

DANCE MAKERS OF THE FUTURE
Every year, New Moves gives the dancers of Dutch National Ballet the opportunity to develop their choreographic talent and present their creations to the public.

July 2022:

Gala Dutch National Ballet 60 years
Various choreographies

FESTIVE CONCLUSION TO THE ANNIVERSARY SEASON
The anniversary season will end with a ‘spectacle coupé’, a festive gala performance with the participation of the entire Dutch National Ballet and the Junior Company, as well as the pupils and students of the Dutch National Ballet Academy. The surprise programme consists of a selection of highlights from the company’s varied repertoire.

TOER. Photo : Bart Hess

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