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Fairytales

This show was to been seen in March 2014

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.

  • Photo: Angela Sterling
  • Firebird
    Photo: Angela Sterling
  • Midzomernachtsdroom
    Photo: Angela Sterling
  • Midzomernachtsdroom
    Photo: Angela Sterling
  • Fairytales: Trailer - Het Nationale Ballet | Dutch National Ballet

    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

      Fri 24 Jan Financial Times (*****)

      'A Firebird full of things to love'

      Sun 16 Feb Het Parool about Midsummer Night's Dream

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