Dutch National Ballet presents


This show was to been seen in September 2015


Duration 2:30

The festive opening of the new ballet season will take place with a glittering gala on 8 September. It promises to be an exciting evening with a rich and varied programme, starring the company’s leading dancers. Nearly two hundred dancers, including the dancers of the Junior Company and pupils from the National Ballet Academy will make their appearance. And after the performance, it’s party time!

In short

The Gala starts at 19:30, that's earlier than we communicated in our season's brochure.


For the third time in a row, Dutch National Ballet is opening its new season with an exclusive gala performance. This year, the festive programme will consist of new creations, famous pas de deux, work by the Netherlands’ greatest choreographer Hans van Manen and highlights from the repertoire. Artistic director Ted Brandsen will make a selection from the company’s varied repertoire, which will include some ‘appetisers’ that give a taste of special ballets in the coming season. The complete ensemble will perform in a Grand Défilé alongside the youngest dance talents of the Netherlands: the pupils of the National Ballet Academy.

After the performance, there is a party in the foyer, attended by dancers and choreographers.

Maia Makhateli & Remi Wörtmeyer. © Angela Sterling
Igone de Jongh & Casey Herd. © Angela Sterling
Tableau de la troupe. © Angela Sterling
Gala 2015


All the dancers of Dutch National Ballet are taking part in the performance. That is a unique event, as there is no other production where all the stars of the company perform on the same evening. In addition, the young dancers of the Junior Company are making their appearance.

Alexandra Radius Prize
The Alexandra Radius Prize will be awarded during the gala. Since 1989, this annual prize has been awarded to a dancer from Dutch National Ballet. An independent jury selects the dancer they feel has particularly stood out in the previous season. The prize was founded by the Friends of Dutch National Ballet and is presented by Alexandra Radius.

Dedicated to Alexandra Radius
Alexandra Radius made her debut in 1957 with the company, which was then called Nederlands Ballet. With her husband, Han Ebbelaar, she danced for most of her career with Dutch National Ballet. It was a world-famous partnership, and they danced all the great ballet roles, from Swan Lake to the ballets of Hans van Manen. When Alexandra Radius left the company in 1990, she had been dancing for 33 years, 28 of which as a principal. The 2015 Gala is dedicated especially to her.


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.