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Dutch National Ballet

Dutch National Ballet develops, produces and presents ballet at the highest international level. We aim to reach a wide public and to bring today’s audiences into contact with the beauty and passion of this art form. Come in and be inspired by our spectacle – we promise to give you a warm welcome.

Behind the Scenes

In these videos, you can take a look behind the scenes at Dutch National Ballet. See our principals at their very best, discover how Igone de Jongh prepares her pointe shoes, and take a sneak peak at the Costume and Wig & Make-up departments.

In this first episode of 'The making of Mata Hari', Sylvana Simons dives into the story of Mata Hari. She talks to choreographer Ted Brandsen and librettist Janine Brogt.
More than 300 costumes are made for the new ballet Mata Hari. In this second episode of The Making of Mata Hari, costume designer François-Noël Cherpin shows you a part of his process.
See how the decor of a completely new ballet is created in the third episode of The Making of Mata Hari.
Principal Anna Tsygankova explains what is means to her to dance the role of Mata Hari.
In the fifth episode Sylvana meets composer Tarik O’Regan and has a look at the rehearsals of the Dutch Ballet Orchestra.
In this final episode everything comes together on stage! Sylvana Simons and Ted Brandsen look back on 'The Making of Mata Hari.'

Artistic & Musical Staff

Here is an overview of the artistic and musical staff of Dutch National Ballet.

Company & Dancers

Over the past 50 years, Dutch National Ballet has evolved into one of the world's foremost ballet companies. With a unique and wide repertoire, a tradition of innovation, and around 80 dancers from all over the world, the company plays a leading role in Dutch cultural life and beyond.

A rich history

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Françoise Adret

Françoise Adret is head of the Ballet of De Nederlandse Opera (1947-1959).


Ballet der Lage Landen

Mascha ter Weeme founds the Ballet der Lage Landen (1948-1959).