11 February - 4 March


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium

Running time

2:30, incl. 2 intermissions


From €20


Famous ballet classic, now in The Netherlands!

For the first time in the Netherlands, we are presenting our own production of Marius Petipa’s legendary ballet Raymonda; a sample sheet of classical ballet technique, which is famed for its wonderful character dances. Associate artistic director Rachel Beaujean – assisted by a team that includes Ted Brandsen and Grigori Tchitcherine – is creating a completely new version of this masterpiece of the Russian ballet. The choreographic splendour will be retained, but the story will have an exciting new twist.

Large-scale new production of a famous ballet classic

Raymonda was the last big hit by Marius Petipa, the most important choreographer of the tsarist ballet of the nineteenth century, whose prowess is still extolled today. Having already created great classics like La Bayadère, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Petipa could combine all his ingenuity, expertise and craftsmanship in this ballet. Created in 1898 in close collaboration with the composer Alexander Glazunov, his Raymonda was a magnum opus that would have a long-term influence on our definition of classical ballet.


Personal choices on the path of love

In her version, Rachel Beaujean wants to display all the choreographic jewels Petipa created for Raymonda at their very best, but for these jewels, she wants to ‘devise a crown and setting that are relevant to today’. This has entailed substantial intervention in the original libretto by Lydia Pashkova. Whereas in Pashkova’s storyline the Hungarian grand duchess Raymonda puts up no resistance whatsoever to her predestined marriage to the white crusader Jean de Brienne, in Beaujean’s version she is a young woman who makes her own choices on the path of love.


Dreamy atmosphere

The Frenchman Jérôme Kaplan, known for his acclaimed sets and costumes for Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote, is designing this new production of Raymonda. His beautiful, imaginative set designs evoke a dreamy atmosphere of mediaeval castles in Provence and Hungary. And his very detailed costumes are elegant, chic and extremely colourful.


Choreography  Marius Petipa

Production, concept and
additional choreography  
Rachel Beaujean

Music  Aleksandr Glazoenov

Assistant for research,
production development
and character dance rehearsals  
Grigori Tchitcherine

Musical accompaniment  Dutch National Ballet Orchestra conducted by Boris Gruzin


Rehearsal Raymonda, photo: Altin Kaftira
Rehearsal Raymonda, photo: Altin Kaftira

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Production, concept and additional choreography
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Maia Makhateli

‘I am really looking forward to my debut as Raymonda’

Principal dancer Maia Makhateli:
“Raymonda is one of the purest of all the classical ballets and therefore one of my absolute favourites. We’ve already been working on it throughout the past corona year. Rachel is keeping the style and choreography, but adding changes to make it more relevant to today. The production is going to be magnificent and I’m really looking forward to this world premiere.”

Behind the scenes of Raymonda

Behind the scenes of Raymonda
Rehearsal Raymonda, photo: Altin Kaftira
Rehearsal Raymonda, photo: Altin Kaftira
Rehearsal Raymonda, photo: Altin Kaftira
Rehearsal Raymonda, photo: Altin Kaftira
Rehearsal Raymonda, photo: Altin Kaftira

Lees meer over Raymonda

Wat doe je vandaag de dag met een verhaal over een frêle prinses die door hoofse ridders wordt gered van bloeddorstige Saracenen? Lees hier het artikel in Trouw over Raymonda


Dutch National Ballet Orchestra

conducted by Boris Gruzin

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

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.

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Almost every performance at Dutch National Opera & Ballet is preceded by an introduction, with background information that can deepen your theater visit. The introductions are in Dutch and admission is free by showing a valid ticket.

Time: 45 minutes before the start of each performance
Location: Odeonzaal; entrance between the even and odd cloakrooms

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