14 October until 3 November
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium
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The turbulent life of the Dutch spy and dancer Mata Hari is the theme of this large-scale production. Choreographed by artistic director Ted Brandsen, it was premiered in the spring of 2016 to resounding success.
About this production
The story of the Dutch spy and dancer, which is known all over the world, now appeals to the imagination more than ever. The young girl from Friesland became an internationally celebrated dancer; a star who wound every man around her little finger and a strong, self-willed woman, who was later accused of treason. On 15 October 2017, it is exactly a hundred years ago that Margaretha Geertruida Zelle (Mata Hari’s real name) was executed as a spy.
The music for Brandsen’s Mata Hari is by Tarik O’Regan, one of today’s leading British composers. The renowned designers’ duo Clement & Sanou were invited to make the set and light design and François-Noël Cherpin designed the costumes. Ted Brandsen worked with librettist and dramaturge Janine Brogt on a scenario that portrays Mata Hari’s life in cinematic scenes.
The scope is breathtaking. The ballet finds its heart in the woman herself. (…) Anna Tsygankova brings her talent and charisma to the role, creating a woman of leonine courage and one we genuinely care about (...) magnificent pas de deux.
(...) a magisterial Anna Tsygankova in the leading role. Mata Hari is a large-scale ballet and the company has unpacked (...) beautiful costumes (...) inventive decors (...) The choice of Tarik O'Regan as composer is also a good one.”
Orchestra: Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Conducted by Matthew Rowe
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