Dutch National Ballet presents
Dresscode: black tie
Lavish celebration of ballet
On 10 September we kick off another theatre season with a festive celebration of ballet. Dutch National Ballet's lavish annual Gala brings together dance enthusiasts and notables from in and outside the dance world, making it an event not to be missed!
For this year's Gala, Dutch National Ballet has once more put together an exclusive surprise programme showcasing the combined efforts of some 200(!) dancers, including several leading international soloists. New this year is an even bigger and better afterparty, where guests are invited to meet the dancers and choreographers in the foyers of Dutch National Ballet & Opera.
Exclusive sneak preview
The Gala production features a series of duets spotlighting Dutch National Ballet's stellar principle dancers alongside foreign guest soloists. Also on the programme is an exclusive sneak peak at a vibrant, virtuosic ballet from this season's Best of Balanchine, danced by a large ensemble of principles and the corps de ballet.
The Gala opens with the now traditional Grand Procession, an exuberant and uplifting introduction to the entire company of Dutch National Ballet dancers, including Junior Company members and pupils and students from the Dutch National Ballet Academy.
Dutch National Ballet picked up the tradition of a Grand Procession in 2011, inspired by Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris and its Grand Défilé held annually since 1926. Artistic director Ted Brandsen is basing this year's procession on the polonaise in Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. Brandsen: 'The traditional and literal meaning of the French term défilé is to "process in narrow ranks". And that's precisely what we do. Our procession is a festive opening ceremony where every dancer gets a moment, however briefly, to shine in the spotlight. It's a statement of our identity as a company and what we have to offer.'
Alexandra Radius Award
The Gala is also when we announce the winner of the Alexandra Radius Award. Established by the Friends of Dutch National Ballet in 1989, this award is conferred by an expert panel of judges on a dancer whose performance stood out the previous season.
conducted by Fayçal Karoui and Matthew Rowe
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany its partners, 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 gives the orchestra its unique character: flexible, dynamic and high-quality. Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development. The orchestra’s mission is to create an optimal synthesis between music and dance, in order to reach dance-lovers and ballet music enthusiasts, as well as children and youngsters. The orchestra has received several international awards for its educational projects, including the Young Audiences Music Award in 2016 for Creatures, a collaborative project with dance company ISH.
‘Year after year, it never fails to impress: the Grand Procession of Dutch National Ballet, the Junior Company and students of the National Ballet Academy. More than 200 ballet dancers took the stage in this sold-out Dutch National Opera & Ballet production, and it was spectacular!'