3-23 Apr 2022
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium
2:40, incl. 2 intermissions
The ultimate ballet classic, now in the Netherlands!
For the first time in the Netherlands, we are presenting our very own production of Marius Petipa’s legendary ballet Raymonda – a model of classical ballet technique, famed for its wonderful character dances. Associate artistic director Rachel Beaujean – assisted by a team that includes Ted Brandsen and Grigori Tchitcherine – has created a brand-new version of this Russian masterpiece. Its choreographic splendour will be retained, but the story will have an exciting new twist.
Choreography Marius Petipa
Production, concept and additional choreography Rachel Beaujean
Music Aleksandr Glazoenov
Costume and set design Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting design James F. Ingalls
Assistant for research, production development and Mazurka, Pas Hongrois and Romanesca rehearsals Grigori Tchitcherine
Fight choreography Youval Kuipers
Music preparation and supervision Boris Gruzin
Musical advice Matthew Rowe, Olga Khoziainova
Music engraving and editing Lars Payne
Dramaturgic advice Janine Brogt
Grand Pas Classique rehearsals Guillaume Graffin, Larissa Lezhnina
Ballet masters Larissa Lezhnina, Guillaume Graffin, Judy Maelor Thomas, Charlotte Chapellier, Sandrine Leroy, Jozef Varga
With cooperation of students and pupils of the Dutch National Ballet Academy
Rehearsals and guidance ballet students Dario Elia, Amanda Beck
Musical accompaniment Dutch National Ballet Orchestra conducted by Vello Pähn
Everything came together in perfect balance in this magnificent production of Raymonda, from the glorious music to the exceptional dancers
With its innovative choreography, stunning sets and spectacular performances, this production is a gem to be treasured in the company’s repertoire.
When it comes to 'freshening up' classics, Dutch National Opera & Ballet reaches a flashpoint with Raymonda.
Pure magic happens when you bring Makhateli and Young (Abd al-Rahman) on stage together. They don't just dance, they breathe dance and do so with such conviction and passion that the fun really springs from it.
(...) in the meantime, Beaujean and her team have delivered a valuable piece of repertoire that Dutch National Ballet can can be proud of and that a broad contemporary audience can enjoy (...).
With this Raymonda, Dutch National Ballet shows that the company belongs to the absolute world top.
Raymonda - podcast part 1
In this first introductory podcast (in Dutch) about Raymonda, Astrid van Leeuwen talks to associate artistic director Rachel Beaujean about her re-interpretation of this famous masterpiece by Marius Petipa. She discusses all the research involved in this process and the challenges it posed. Rachel jokes: “I have been pregnant with this ‘child’ for four years. It's driving everyone at home crazy. There is only this one thing that counts at the moment: Raymonda, Raymonda, Raymonda.”
Raymonda - podcast part 2
In this second podcast (in English) about Raymonda, Astrid van Leeuwen talks to principals Maia Makhateli and Young Gyu Choi about their lead roles in this new full-length production by Dutch National Ballet. Maia: “Running a marathon is nothing compared to dancing the role of Raymonda.”
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‘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 Dutch premiere.”
Cast of soloists
Follow the link below to see which soloists will dance in the various performances of Raymonda. Please note that casting is subject to change right up to the performance.
Read more about Raymonda
What do you do nowadays with a story about a frail princess who is saved from bloodthirsty Saracens by courtly knights? Read Trouw's article (in Dutch) about Raymonda here.
Dutch National Ballet Orchestra
conducted by Vello Pähn
This orchestra has proudly accompanied its partners, Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, since its inception in 1965. This form of collaboration is unique in the Netherlands.