Dutch National Ballet presents
Festive family performance
The must-see family performance for the festive season. A wonderful feel-good ballet for ages four and up.
Coppelia tells the story of Swanhilda, who stands up to the mysterious muse of Dr. Coppelius, Coppelia, in order not to lose her beloved Franz. It soon appears that there is much more going on than just the battle between the two rivals.
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?
Zwaantje Frans Dr. Coppelius
Sa 10-12-16 20:15 Igone de Jongh Daniel Camargo Vito Mazzeo
Su 11-12-16 14:00 Anna Ol Artur Shesterikov Edo Wijnen
We 14-12-16 20:15 Igone de Jongh Daniel Camargo Vito Mazzeo
Fr 16-12-16 20:15 Qian Liu Young Gyu Choi Roman Artyushkin
Sa 17-12-16 20:15 Anna Ol Artur Shesterikov Edo Wijnen
Tu 20-12-16 20:15 Anna Ol Artur Shesterikov Roman Artyushkin
Th 22-12-16 20:15 Michaela DePrince Remi Wörtmeyer Jared Wright
Fr 23-12-16 20:15 Igone de Jongh Daniel Camargo Vito Mazzeo
Sa 24-12-16 14:00 Sasha Mukhamedov James Stout Vito Mazzeo
Ma 26-12-16 14:00 Igone de Jongh Daniel Camargo Vito Mazzeo
Di 27-12-16 20:15 Qian Liu Young Gyu Choi Roman Artyushkin
Wo 28-12-16 14:00 Michaela DePrince Remi Wörtmeyer Jared Wright
Wo 28-12-16 20:15 Anna Ol Artur Shesterikov Roman Artyushkin
Vr 30-12-16 14:00 Sasha Mukhamedov James Stout Vito Mazzeo
Vr 30-12-16 20:15 Qian Liu Young Gyu Choi Edo Wijnen
Za 31-12-16 14:00 Michaela DePrince Remi Wörtmeyer Jared Wright
Zo 01-01-17 14:00 Sasha Mukhamedov James Stout Vito Mazzeo
For the libretto of Coppelia, choreographer and artistic director of Dutch National Ballet Ted Brandsen worked closely with Janine Brogt, who has plenty of experience in adapting the classics for theatre and opera. Sieb Posthuma (1960 – 2014) created a colourful and magical world for Coppelia, so that the audience feels as though they have stepped into an illustrated book, thanks also to the imaginative and ‘retro-futuristic’ ballet costumes designed by François- Noël Cherpin.
The premiere of the late-Romantic comedy ballet Coppelia, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story Der Sandmann, took place at the Paris Opera in 1870. It was created by the very popular choreographer of the day, Arthur Saint-Léon, to music by Léo Delibes. The ballet has been presented in countless versions and adaptations, including several films. Dutch National Ballet’s Coppelia has retained the essence of the story: how beauty can be fabricated and the truth concealed behind glamour. The laboratory of the original story has become a clinic where botox treatments and breast lifts are carried out. The stage set is no longer a folklore village, but a sports school and juice bar, complete with characters that appear to have walked out of a cartoon.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Koen Kessels
Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is proud of its close relationship with Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. 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 lends great flexibility and dynamism to the orchestra and ensures its high quality. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a unique character, passionate about continually achieving its mission: to move people through music.
Parallel to the regular introductions (in Dutch) there will be special family introductions on 24 and 28 December (13:15-13:45). Children will be introduced to the story, do a little dance themselves and enjoy a short meet-and-greet with a dancer from the performance. The introductions are given in Dutch. Free admission for anyone with a ticket for the performance.
Location: at the back of the foyer at stalls level, alongside the coffee bar.
After the performancec of Coppelia, on 11, 24, 26, 28 , 30 and 31 December some soloists will be at the shop to sign your purchases. These signing sessions are only for people with tickets for the matinee performance of the same day!
In the intervals of the performances on 28 and 30 December, author and dramaturge Janine Brogt will be signing the picture book Coppelia.
24 December Sasha & James
26 December Vito & Daniel
28 December Michaela & Remi
30 December Sasha & James
31 December Michaela & Remi
‘Coppelia (…) is the ideal Christmas ballet; summery as a sorbet with a parasol, easy to digest, sweet and colourful’. - NRC Handelsblad
‘Assisted by Posthuma’s sets and the irrepressible score by Léo Delibes, Brandsen has created a fun treat’. - Het Parool, 2009