30 Mar-14 Apr 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

2:15, incl. 2 intervals


From € 16

Dancing Dutch Floor Eimers Timothy van Poucke Nederlandse dansers

Kylián / Van Manen / Dawson / Sidorova

Dancing Dutch brings together four choreographers who despite their different origins have roots in our country, where they celebrated their first big successes. For the first time, Dutch National Ballet is dancing a creation by Jiří Kylián, the choreographer who brought international success to Nederlands Dans Theater for over thirty years. The programme also comprises a masterpiece by the most famous choreographer of the Netherlands, Hans van Manen, and premiere ballets by Associate Artist David Dawson and Young Creative Associate Milena Sidorova.

Photo: Marta Syrko

Kylián / Van Manen / Dawson / Sidorova

The Dutch National Ballet premiere of Wings of Wax fulfils the dream of many a dancer with the company: finally getting the chance to dance a work by Jiří Kylián, one of the greatest choreographers of our time. In this ballet, inspired by the workings of gravity and the famous myth of Icarus, Kylián conjures with movement. It is never predictable and never looks forced, yet the eye can barely follow all that happens.


Humour and agression

Hans van Manen's Concertante is a fascinating ballet, interpersed with humour and aggression, set to Petite symphonie concertante, by the Swiss composer Frank Martin, who, in 2024 died fifty years ago. Even in the most dynamic solos and intense pas de deux, the work demonstrates the refined simplicity, visual logic and musicality so typical of Van Manen's work.


Idealist ballet

Another important new acquisition is ANIMA ANIMUS, created by David Dawson in 2018 for San Francisco Ballet. The mesmerizing ballet, set in Dawson’s unique style, explores various contradictions: virtuosity versus humanity, light versus dark, individual versus group, and animus versus anima (the male aspect of women versus the female aspect of men).

Milena Sidorova – who has already created several successful works for Dutch National Ballet as a Young Creative Associate – is treating us to the world premiere of Tenzij as the fourth piece in Dancing Dutch.


Choreography  Hans van Manen
Music  Frank Martin - Petite symphonie concertante
Set and costume design   Keso Dekker
Lighting design  Joop Caboort

World premiere
Choreography  Milena Sidorova
Music  Caroline Shaw
Costume design  François-Noël Cherpin
Lighting design  Wijnand van der Horst

Wings of Wax
Premiere for Dutch National Ballet
Choreography  Jiří Kylián
Heinrich Biber – Mystery (Rosary) SonataPassacaglia for solo violin (1676)
John Cage – Meditation Music for prepared piano (1946/48)
Philip Glass – String Quartet no. 5: third movement (1991)
Johann Sebastian Bach – Goldberg Variations BWV 988Variatio 25 (1741)
Staging  Elke Schepers, Stefan Zeromski
Set design  Michael Simon
Costume design  Joke Visser
Lighting design  Michael Simon

Anima Animus
Premiere for Dutch National Ballet 
Choreography  David Dawson 
Music  Ezio Bosso – Violin Concerto no. 1 (2017)
Set design  John Otto
Costume design  Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting design  James F. Ingalls
Staging  Rebecca Gladstone, Christiane Marchant, Alessandra Pasquali

Musical accompaniment  Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Thomas Herzog

Wings of Wax contains so many beautiful things that actually you should see it again straight away’


Ticket prices

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Ticket prices

We offer discounts for specific groups in order to make our performances accessible to everyone. Check this page to see if you are eligible for a discount.

Standard CJP | City Pass | 
Youth up to 16
Premium € 58,00 € 43,00
1st € 51,00 € 41,00
2nd € 40,00 € 30,00
3rd € 30,00 € 20,00
4th € 21,00 € 16,00
5th € 16,00 € 10,00

Dutch National Opera & Ballet works with a system of dynamic pricing: during the booking period the ticket prices may increase, depending on demand. Prices exclude € 2,00 booking fee per ticket.

Student discount and Student Alert
Students can take advantage of discounted tickets for performances at Dutch National Opera & Ballet. From 13.00 on the day of the performance, if it is not sold out, you can buy a ticket online for only € 19 (including booking fee). Have your valid student ID card or proof of enrolment ready to show at the door.

For some performances, we are already giving students the opportunity to book with student discounts. Want to stay up to date with our student offers? Sign up for the Student Alert and receive the latest news about offers in your mailbox.

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 Jiří Kylián
Photo: Anton Corbijn

Interview with choreographer Jiří Kylián


Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Dutch Ballet Orchestra’s mission is ‘to inspire movement in dance’. Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud musical partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. In every performance, the orchestra searches for inspiring synergy between music and dance, in order to give the audience a magical experience.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Led by principal conductor Matthew Rowe, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is the leading orchestra for dance in the Netherlands. The orchestra accompanies performances ranging from traditional ballet to modern dance, alongside its activities in music education and talent development.

Besides performances with Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, Dutch Ballet Orchestra has a long tradition of innovative – and award-winning – family performances. For instance, Creatures (in collaboration with ISH Dance Collective) received the international Young Audiences Music Award, and the production Hansel and Gretel (in collaboration with Orkater) won various Musical Awards. In these productions, the musicians play from memory, without a conductor and in costumes, so that they form an integral part of the performance.

And finally, Dutch Ballet Orchestra has a long-term partnership with the Dutch National Ballet Academy. They are therefore involved in the music curriculum for pupils and students, facilitate student visits to orchestra rehearsals and provide music for the academy’s end-of-year performance, where possible.


Variations for two couples
Variations for two couples - DNB 2021 | Photos: Hans Gerritsen
Variations for two couples
Variations for two couples
Variations for two couples
Variations for two couples - DNB 2012 | Photos: Angela Sterling
Variations for two couples

Introduction (in Dutch)

An introduction will take place 45 minutes before the start of this performance, during which an expert will give background information and offer interesting perspectives on the performance, allowing you to get even more out of your theatre visit. The introductions are given in Dutch. They can be visited for free and without reservation, by showing your ticket for the performance.

Introduction Dancing Dutch by: Lin van Ellinckhuijsen or Mirjam Midderham 
Location: Souterrain


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