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. Under the directorship of Ted Brandsen the Dutch National Ballet has made enormous progress. In 2013 ranked the New York Times the company in the top five dance institutions in the world that presented new productions. As a choreographer Ted Brandsen created many works, including Carmen (2000), for which he received the Australian Dance Award for Choreography, and Pulcinella (2001). In February 2008, he presented with Dutch National Ballet his own version of the full-length ballet Coppelia. The premiere of his full-length production Mata Hari, in February 2016, was a great success.