Dutch National Ballet presents

Mata Hari Ted Brandsen

This show was to been seen in February 2016


The woman, the diva, the mystery

Duration 2:00

Breaks 1

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.

In short

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.

See what happens backstage just a few days before the world premiere.
The woman, the diva, the mystery... Watch the trailer of Mata Hari.

Ted Brandsen

Director 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.

In the fifth episode Sylvana meets composer Tarik O’Regan and has a look at the rehearsals of the Dutch Ballet Orchestra.
Principal Anna Tsygankova explains what is means to her to dance the role of Mata Hari.
See how the decor of a completely new ballet is created.
More than 300 costumes are made for the new ballet Mata Hari. Have a look at this process.
In this first episode of 'The making of Mata Hari', Sylvana Simons dives into the story of Mata Hari. She talks to choreographer Ted Brandsen and librettist Janine Brogt.


Who is dancing when?

The role of Mata Hari will be danced by Anna Tsygankova, Igone de Jongh, Maia MakhateliAnna 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.

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