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Fairytales

Enter the magical world of two master choreographers with Alexei Ratmansky’s brand-new version of the fairy tale ballet Firebird and Midsummer Night's Dream, a comic and magical highlight by Sir Frederick Ashton. 

In short

In the Spring of 2014, Dutch National Ballet will be in the mood for fairy tales.  In a co-production with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, the company will present a brand-new version of the fairy tale ballet Firebird, in a choreography by Alexei Ratmansky.  This Dutch premiere will be combined with Midsummer Night's Dream, a comic and magical dance highlight from the work of the twentieth century's greatest English choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton.

Storytellers
These two choreographers are amongst the most gifted ‘storytellers’ ever to emerge from the world of ballet, yet their approach is totally different.  While Ashton operates within the English tradition, Ratmansky – as a former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet – is an expert on Russian ballet and cultural heritage.

Midsummer Night's Dream

Three worlds
Sir Frederick Ashton based his Midsummer Night's Dream on the marvelous forest scenes in William Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name.  In this story, three different worlds come together: the worlds of the artisans, the aristocrats, and the spirits.  It’s all down to Oberon, king of the elves, who, with the help of mischievous Puck, brings about the most absurd plot developments.  Ashton’s choreography is not just a crazy dance comedy, but a fairy tale ballet full of romantic settings and virtuosic dancing on pointe. 

Dancers

Cast

Saturday March 1 -  8.15 pm
Titania & Oberon: Maia Makhateli & Jozef Varga
Puck: Remi Wörtmeyer
Bottom: Koen Havenith

Sunday March 2 - 2.00 pm
Titania & Oberon: Jurgita Dronina & Isaac Hernández
Puck: Serguei Endinian
Bottom: Edo Wijnen

Friday March 7 - 8.15 pm
Titania & Oberon: Igone de Jongh & Vito Mazzeo
Puck: Koen Havenith
Bottom: Edo Wijnen

Saturday March 8 - 8.15 pm
Titania & Oberon: Maia Makhateli & Jozef Varga
Puck: Remi Wörtmeyer
Bottom: Koen Havenith

Sunday March 9 - 2.00 pm
Titania & Oberon: Jurgita Dronina & Isaac Hernández
Puck: Serguei Endinian
Bottom: Edo Wijnen

Wednesday March 12 - 8.15 pm
Titania & Oberon: Larissa Lezhnina & Artur Shesterikov
Puck: Young Gyu Choi
Bottom: Koen Havenith

Thursday March 13 - 8.15 pm
Titania & Oberon: Anna Tsygankova & Matthew Golding
Puck: Edo Wijnen
Bottom: Koen Havenith

Saturday March 15 - 8.15 pm
Titania & Oberon: Anna Tsygankova & Matthew Golding
Puck: Edo Wijnen
Bottom: Koen Havenith

Sunday March 16 - 2.00 pm
Titania & Oberon: Larissa Lezhnina & Artur Shesterikov
Puck: Young Gyu Choi
Bottom: Koen Havenith

(subject to change)

Firebird

Magic
Ratmansky is widely celebrated for his reinterpretations of primarily Russian ballets and stories.  This time he chose Firebird, an exotic fairy tale created by his countryman Michel Fokine in 1910 for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.  Following its premiere, numerous other choreographers were also inspired to create ballets based on Stravinsky’s majestic score of the same name.  
Ratmansky places the accent of the story on Ivan, who captures a firebird in a magical garden, and, when she manages to escape, receives a feather from her that will rescue him when he’s in danger. This production received many high, five-star ratings from the New York critics when it had its world premiered in June of 2013.

Dancers

Saturday March 1 - 8.15 pm
Firebird: Anna Tsygankova
Ivan: Artur Shesterikov
Maiden: Jurgita Dronina
Kastchei: Vito Mazzeo

Sunday March 2 - 2.00 pm
Firebird: Maia Makhateli
Ivan: Remi Wörtmeyer
Maiden: Megan Zimny Kaftira
Kastchei: Casey Herd

Friday March 7 - 8.15 pm
Firebird: Vera Tsyganova
Ivan: James Stout
Maiden: Erica Horwood
Kastchei: Roman Artyushkin

Saturday March 8 - 8.15 pm
Firebird: Anna Tsygankova
Ivan: Artur Shesterikov
Maiden: Jurgita Dronina
Kastchei: Vito Mazzeo

Sunday March  9 - 2.00 pm
Firebird: Maia Makhateli
Ivan: Remi Wörtmeyer
Maiden: Megan Zimny Kaftira
Kastchei: Casey Herd

Wednesday March 12 - 8.15 pm
Firebird: Anna Tsygankova
Ivan: Artur Shesterikov
Maiden: Jurgita Dronina
Kastchei: Vito Mazzeo

Thursday March 13 - 8.15 pm
Firebird: Vera Tsyganova
Ivan: James Stout
Maiden: Erica Horwood
Kastchei: Roman Artyushkin

Saturday March 15 - 8.15 pm
Firebird: Maia Makhateli
Ivan: Remi Wörtmeyer
Maiden: Megan Zimny Kaftira
Kastchei: Casey Herd

Sunday March  16 - 2.00 pm
t.b.a.

(subject to change)

Music

Holland Symfonia and the New Amsterdam Children´s Chorus conducted by Matthew Rowe.

 

PRINTED PROGRAMME

View the printed programme for Fairytales here (PDF, 750kb):

printed programme

Programme & Tickets

This performance is at Dutch National Opera & Ballet, the duration is approx. 2 hrs and 35 min, including 1 intermission.

  • 01 Mar 2014 20:15
  • 02 Mar 2014 14:00
  • 07 Mar 2014 20:15
  • 08 Mar 2014 20:15
  • 09 Mar 2014 14:00
  • 12 Mar 2014 20:15
  • 13 Mar 2014 20:15
  • 15 Mar 2014 20:15
  • 16 Mar 2014 14:00

    'A Firebird full of things to love'

    Financial Times (*****)

    ' A gem of a ballet and a perfect production that looks sumptuous and is danced in a lively way'.

    Het Parool about Midsummer Night's Dream