Mata Hari Ted Brandsen
ON THE 23RD OF FEBRUARY MATA HARI WILL BE LIVE BROADCASTED ON MEZZO
The woman, the diva, the mystery
The turbulent life of the Dutch spy and dancer Mata Hari is at the heart of a large-scale production by Dutch National Ballet. Margaretha Geertruida Zelle – more commonly known as Mata Hari – is one of the most iconic women in Dutch history.
Mata Hari was born to a well-to-do Frisian family in 1876 as Margaretha Zelle. Following an unhappy marriage, Zelle went to seek adventure in Paris. As the exotic, mysterious Mata Hari, she became one of the most famous dancers of her day. She travelled throughout Europe and had a network of highly placed lovers everywhere, which made her an ideal spy during World War I. She was accused – rightly or wrongly – of being a double agent, and she died in front of a French firing squad in 1917.
Ted BrandsenDirector of Dutch National Ballet, Resident Choreographer
Ted Brandsen danced with Dutch National Ballet from 1981 to 1991. In 1991, he retired from dancing in favour of concentrating on choreography. In 1998, Brandsen was appointed artistic director of West Australian Ballet in Perth. At the beginning of 2002, Brandsen returned to Dutch National Ballet, initially in the position of assistant artistic director and resident choreographer and since 2003 as artistic director of the company. Ted Brandsen has been the director of Dutch National Ballet since August 2012.
Who is dancing when?
The role of Mata Hari will be danced by Anna Tsygankova, Igone de Jongh, Maia Makhateli, Anna Ol or Sasha Mukhamedov.
fr 12 February 2016 20.15 Anna Tsygankova
sa 13 February 2016 20.15 Anna Tsygankova
su 14 February 2016 14.00 Maia Makhateli
we 17 February 2016 20.15 Igone de Jongh
th 18 February 2016 20.15 Anna Tsygankova
sa 20 February 2016 20.15 Maia Makhateli
su 21 February 2016 14.00 Anna Tsygankova
tu 23 February 2016 20.15 Anna Tsygankova
th 25 February 2016 20.15 Igone de Jongh
fr 26 February 2016 20.15 Maia Makhateli
The cast is always subject to change
Mata Hari will be choreographed by artistic director and choreographer Ted Brandsen. Tarik O’Regan, one of today’s leading British composers, is writing new music especially for Mata Hari. The sets will be designed by the highly acclaimed designers’ duo Clement & Sanôu, and Francois-Noël Cherpin is designing the costumes. Brandsen is working with librettist Janine Brogt on a scenario in which Mata Hari’s life will be brought to life in cinematic scenes. Mata Hari was a passionate woman, for whom real life was too restrictive, which is why she was continually creating new images of herself and new guises.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Rowe
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
This year, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since its foundation in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater as a regular partner.
Through Dutch Ballet Orchestra, music and dance come together to form a wonderful experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development.
The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This gives the orchestra a unique character: incredibly flexible, dynamic and high-quality.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a mission, to achieve the ultimate synergy between dance and music.