Dates

6-8 May

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Online

Running time

2:00

Tickets

€ 12,50

Raymonda

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; the epitome 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.

Please note! This is a stream of Raymonda.

A new large-scale production of a famous ballet classic

Raymonda was Marius Petipa’s last big hit. He was the most important choreographer of nineteenth century tsarist ballet, whose prowess is still extolled today. Having created a host of great classics such as La Bayadère, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Petipa concentrated all of his ingenuity, expertise and craftsmanship into this ballet. Created in 1898 in close collaboration with the composer Alexander Glazunov, Raymonda was Petipa’s magnum opus that would forever shape our definition of classical ballet.

 

 

MAKES HER OWN DECISIONS ABOUT HER LOVE LIFE

In this version of Raymonda, Rachel Beaujean wanted to showcase the choreographic jewels Petipa created for this ballet classic in all their glory. Yet, she also wanted these jewels to have ‘a crown and setting that are relevant to the present day’. This meant she made some substantial changes to the original libretto by Lydia Pashkova. So, Pashkova’s storyline presents the Hungarian grand duchess as rather submissive – agreeing to wed her predestined marriage partner the crusader Jean de Brienne, whereas Beaujean’s version portrays Raymonda as a young woman who makes her own decisions about her love life.

 

Dreamy atmosphere

Frenchman Jérôme Kaplan, who has received acclaim ​at Dutch National Ballet for his beautiful sets and costumes for Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote, will take on the role of set and costume designer for this new production of Raymonda. His imaginative sets and elegant, chic and extremely colourful costumes evoke a dreamy atmosphere of mediaeval castles in the Provence and Hungary. 

Credits

Choreography  Marius Petipa

Production, concept and
additional choreography  
Rachel Beaujean

Music  Aleksandr Glazoenov

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

Costume and set design  Jérôme Kaplan

Lighting design James F. Ingalls 

Musical accompaniment  Dutch National Ballet Orchestra conducted by Vello Pähn

Cast of soloists stream

Raymonda  Maia Makhateli
Abd al-Rahman  Young Gyu Choi
Jean de Brienne  Semyon Velichko

Makers
Rachel Beaujean
Rachel Beaujean
Production, concept and additional choreography
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Scene Raymonda | Photo: Altin Kaftira
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Scene Raymonda | Photo: Altin Kaftira
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Scene Raymonda | Photo: Altin Kaftira
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Scene Raymonda | Photo: Altin Kaftira
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Scene Raymonda | Photo: Altin Kaftira

Free programme booklet

Click on the link below and receive the free online programme booklet before the premiere. The booklet contains beautiful images and everything you need to know about Raymonda!

Rave reviews
In the media
4 April

Everything came together in perfect balance in this magnificent production of Raymonda, from the glorious music to the exceptional dancers

4 April

With its innovative choreography, stunning sets and spectacular performances, this production is a gem to be treasured in the company’s repertoire.

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Raymonda - podcast part 1

In this first (Dutch) introductory podcast about Raymonda, Astrid van Leeuwen talks to associate artistic director Rachel Beaujean about her research into and re-creation of this famous masterpiece by Marius Petipa, and all the challenges that came along with it. Rachel: “I have been pregnant with this ‘child’ for four years. It's driving everyone at home crazy. There is only this one thing: Raymonda, Raymonda, Raymonda.”

Raymonda - podcast part 1

By: Astrid van Leeuwen

Raymonda - podcast part 2

In this second (English) podcast about Raymonda, Astrid van Leeuwen talks to principals Maia Makhateli and Young Gyu Choi about the principal roles they are dancing in this new full-length production by Dutch National Ballet. Maia: “Running a marathon is nothing compared to dancing the role of Raymonda.”

Raymonda - podcast part 2

By: Astrid van Leeuwen

Click on the link below to be the first to receive updates on the brand new ballet production Raymonda.

Order tickets

Please note! By clicking on the button below, you will start the process of ordering tickets for the stream of Raymonda, not for the performance. Your stream ticket will be valid until 23.59 on 8 May. 

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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 Dutch premiere.”

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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Altin Kaftira
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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Altin Kaftira
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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Altin Kaftira
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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Altin Kaftira
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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Rob van Woerkom
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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Rob van Woerkom
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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Rob van Woerkom
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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Rob van Woerkom
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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Rob van Woerkom
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Rehearsal Raymonda | Photo: Rob van Woerkom

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. 

Balletorkest

Dutch National Ballet Orchestra

conducted by Vello Pähn

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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