Dutch National Ballet presents


This show was to been seen in September 2014

Exclusive festive ballet opens the season

Details of this programme are still a surprise, but the evening will consist of various choreographies and culminate in a party after the performance.

In short

Ring in the new season with Dutch National Ballet’s festive gala performance.  An evening full of surprises, with almost two hundred dancers filling the stage, and the stars of the company shining in the spotlight.
Last year, for the first time ever, Dutch National Ballet organised an enthusiastically received gala to officially open the season.  This year, the company continues the tradition with a special festive programme that's every bit as exciting: favourite pas de deux, new creations, work from the Netherland’s greatest choreographer Hans van Manen plus highlights from Swan Lake.


Party in the foyer
This year’s Dutch National Ballet gala is again expected to attract enormous interest. For this occasion, artistic director Ted Brandsen will make an exclusive selection from the company’s rich and varied repertoire.  All the dancers from Dutch National Ballet will work together in this performance; a unique opportunity to see all the stars of the company performing on stage in one evening.  In addition, the young dancers from the Junior Company will be represented with their own unique creation. The complete ensemble of dancers, including the talented young dance pupils from the Dutch National Ballet Academy, will be presented in a Grand Promenade. After the performance the festivities will culminate in the foyer, with a party also attended by dancers and choreographers.

Alexandra Radius Prize
The Alexandra Radius Prize will be awarded during the gala.  Since 1988, this annual award has been presented to a dancer from Dutch National Ballet who has distinguished himself/herself in a unique way during the previous season. The prize was created by Alexandra Radius, who together with her husband and dance partner Han Ebbelaar attained the heights of world fame.


Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Koen Kessels and Matthew Rowe.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra, formerly known as Holland Symfonia, is the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Ballet. The orchestra brings together music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, from music education to talent development. Het Balletorkest is conducted by chief conductor Matthew Rowe, and consists of 45 musicians, supported by highly qualified guest performers when necessary. This is what makes the orchestra flexible, dynamic and adept. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with personality, driven by one mission: to stir people with music.


Every performance of National Opera & Ballet is preceded by a pre-performance talk. Learn more, enjoy more. This talk begins 45 minutes before curtain and is held in the foyer of the second balcony. This talk is free of charge to everyone attending the performance, and amplification is used to enhance audibility. Several days prior to the premiere, the pre-performance talk will be made available digitally as a podcast. Check this page to see if the podcast has already been made available.

    Wed 29 Jan Het Parool, 2013

    'A broad panoply of technical achievement and dance styles, with one high point following the other’

    Wed 29 Jan De Telegraaf, 2013

    ‘A great gala (…) in which the company shared its treasures with the public for more than three hours’