Season 2017-2018

We are both proud and pleased to present to you the 2017-2018 season of Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Pierre Audi
The new season is characterised by a combination of high quality, innovation, craftmanship and creativity. It's the last season with Pierre Audi as creative director for Dutch National Opera. Words fail us to express our gratitude about the way he brought Dutch National Opera to greatness over his 30 years with us: ultimately the Opera Company of the Year.

Hans van Manen
For Dutch National Ballet, Hans van Manen takes center stage in the 2017-2018 season. The world famous choreographer, whose work is performed by a great - ever increasing - number of international companies, turns 85. We're proud that he is a resident choreographer for Dutch National Ballet.

check out the 2017-2018 season

Season 2017-2018

  • Live like it's your last day!
  • Light and dark
  • Jewel in the crown
  • Like a feverish dream
  • Frivolity vs. true love
  • Nederlands Dans Theater 2 - poetic duets and energetic ensemble dance
  • The woman, the diva, the mystery
  • The force of destiny
  • Glittering ballet spectacle with leading international stars
  • Hans van Manen 85
  • A dissolute emperor
  • Internationally acclaimed
  • Talented youngsters on tour
  • Voyage of song through plastic soup
  • A forgiving ruler
  • Drunken stupor of a poet
  • Timeless tragic love
  • A look to the future
  • Hiphop meets ballet
  • A romantic Schönberg
  • A timeless requiem
  • The American dream?
  • Orfeo - the sequel
  • Exciting music and dance duos
  • Power as heritage
  • NEW SEASON

    Opera seasons are seldom conceived around a distinct theme. But still, from the collection of potent works that make up this new season, we can find a couple of powerful words to describe that season.

    For the 2017-2018 season the words Destiny and Realisation spring to mind: they explain the urgency behind the stories told by the composers who share their emotions, ideas and messages with us through the medium of music and words.

    The tragic consequences of Destiny form a tornado of immeasurable, often destructive dramatic forces, while the power of human consciousness, Realisation, can change the world and can help us to confront and bear the destructive Destiny. 

    The 2017-2018 season for Dutch National Ballet highlights two special jubilees: firstly we celebrate the joyous occasion of the 85th birthday of Hans van Manen, our resident choreographer and greatest Dutch choreographer of all time. His work is the focus of much of the new season.

    Secondly, we celebrate Rachel Beaujean, who is part of Dutch National Ballet for forty years. As a dancer, she inspired Hans van Manen; when she stopped dancing, she started working for the company. She is now head of artistic staff and a vital part of the organisation.

    But we also bring you classics old and new, such as The Sleeping Beauty and Mata Hari. And for the first time in the Netherlands we will perform Tristan + Isolde, a ballet by our Associate Artist David Dawson.

    Yet another jubilee is celebrated by the Junior Company: they will reach their fifth year in this season, with a festival of young talent.

    Subscriptions

    Like every year, this year we offer a great number of subcscription series. A select number of series are available online. All subscription series have this advantage: they offer the lowest price for the best seats.

    SEASON BROCHURE 2017-2018 (in dutch)

    SUBSCRIPTION BROCHURE 2017-2018 (in dutch)

    Internetseries
    Every year we offer a number of subscription series that are only available online. For these internetseries, you select your preferred category and pay directly in the webshop. Check out this page:
    internetseries

    We look forward to greeting you to our theatre to enjoy one of our performances or other offerings.