Dutch National Ballet presents



Surprise programme

The red carpet is rolled out on 14 September. For the ninth time, the Dutch National Ballet is opening the season with a Gala. A programme full of surprises, full of glamour and with the entire Ballet Orchestra in the pit.

Top notch ballet and ... party

Not only the most dedicated ballet lovers but also prominent faces from the television, film and theater world attend the Gala every year. More than two hundred dancers, including 'own' star principals and internationally acclaimed guest principals, let you enjoy top notch ballet in an exclusive and one-off surprise program. Afterwards there will be an unforgettable party in the foyer for and with everyone!

    Thu 20 Feb De Telegraaf, 2018 about Gala

    'It remains a fantastic image every year: the grand défilé of the Dutch National Ballet, the Junior Company and pupils of the Dutch National Ballet Academy. More than 200 ballet dancers filled the stage of the sold-out Dutch National Opera and Ballet. It was spectacular!'

    Thu 20 Feb Theaterkrant about Gala

    'It has become tradition, the Dutch National Ballet's annual gala, and nowadays it looks like a real gala, with an audience in large numbers, dressed up (tuxedo, evening dress) and a presentation including a few virtuoso Grands Pas de Deux, ...'

Gala 2020

Surprise program
The surprise program consists of new creations, well-known pas de deux and highlights from Dutch National Ballet’s repertoire. On top of it, you’ll be served a few ‘appetizers’: teasers from the brilliant ballets to be premiered this season. Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company is also represented with its own choreography.

All ages in line
The impressive and heartwarming Grand Défilé presents the complete company of dancers, including the Netherlands’ youngest dance talent: the students of the National Ballet Academy.

Alexandra Radius Prize
As in previous years, the Gala includes the presentation of the Alexandra Radius Prize, named after the former Dutch National Ballet prima ballerina. Radius herself will present the award to the dancer who, according to the jury she chairs, distinguished him- or herself last season.


Surprise program
Consisting of multiple choreographies

Including after party

Dresscode: black tie



Dutch Ballet Orchestra
led by Matthew Rowe

Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Since its foundation in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud orchestral partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. This way of working is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as its principal conductor, consists of a permanent core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest players. This gives the orchestra a unique character: flexible, dynamic and of high quality. Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance to provide an enchanting experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, from music education to talent development. An optimal synthesis between music and dance is the orchestra’s mission. 

The orchestra masters a rich repertoire, which includes the crown jewels of ballet history such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. This repertoire is always complemented by the best works of contemporary composers, selected by the leading choreographers of today. The orchestra reaches dance lovers and enthusiasts of ballet music as well as children and adolescents. The educational projects of the orchestra have won several (international) awards, including the Young Audiences Music Award in 2016 for Creatures, a collaboration with dance company ISH.