8-25 Feb 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

2:10, incl. 1 interval


From € 21

Frida Salome Leverashvili

Colourful ode to an iconic artist

‘Breathtaking explosion of colour’. That is how Theaterkrant described the world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Frida, in 2020. The production, which is now in demand internationally, tells the life story of one of the most intriguing artists of the twentieth century: the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Along with designer Dieuweke van Reij and composer Peter Salem, Lopez Ochoa made the magic of Kahlo’s world tangible in her ballet.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet recommends that children be at least 10 years old for this performance.

Photo: Marta Syrko

Colourful ode to an iconic artist

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) did not have a carefree life by any means. At the age of six, she got polio, and when she was eighteen, she suffered irreparable damage to her pelvis and spine due to a bus accident. But Kahlo did not let fate thwart her. She fought against taboos and fought for women’s rights, and her colourful self-portraits are still inspiring people all over the world today. Lopez Ochoa says, “When I saw Julie Taymor’s film portrait Frida, I was deeply moved by how Kahlo managed to transform her physical immobility and constant pain into art.”


Kahlo’s soul and dreams

Already in 2016, Lopez Ochoa’s fascination with Kahlo led to Broken Wings, which she created for English National Ballet. At the request of Dutch National Ballet director Ted Brandsen, she developed this short ballet into a full-length production in 2020. Frida is not an A-to-Z story of Kahlo’s life. The most essential events are portrayed in a succession of impressive scenes in and around two black boxes, which symbolise her many bedridden days. In addition, Lopez Ochoa presents various alter egos, who reveal her soul and dreams, and ten male dancers bring her self-portraits to life.


Personal triumph

Involving 49 dancers, Frida is the biggest production created to date by the Colombian-Flemish choreographer Lopez Ochoa. The title role was a personal triumph for principal dancer Maia Makhateli, who danced the world premiere. “Makhateli captures the spirit of the militant Kahlo in a formidable performance.”


Choreography  Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music  Peter Salem – Frida (2020)
Set and costume design  Dieuweke van Reij
Lighting design  Michael Mazzola
Dramaturgy  Nancy Meckler

Musical accompaniment  Dutch Ballet Orchestra 
conducted by Matthew Rowe; from 16 February by Johannes Witt

School performances
One performance will be given especially for schools.


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 € 76,00 € 61,00
1st € 66,00 € 56,00
2nd € 55,00 € 45,00
3rd € 43,00 € 33,00
4th € 31,00 € 21,00
5th € 21,00 € 17,00

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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Frida (2020) | Photo: Hans Gerritsen
Frida and her husband Diego Rivera
Photo: Hans Gerritsen (2020)
Diego Rivera and skeleton-dancers
Photo: Hans Gerritsen (2020)
Frida's husband with other women
Photo: Hans Gerritsen (2020)
Frida's tortures
Photo: Hans Gerritsen (2020)
couple and skeletons
Photo: Hans Gerritsen (2020)
Frida with her alter ego's
Photo: Hans Gerritsen (2020)
purple dancer with feather headdress
Photo: Hans Gerritsen (2020)
 Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Altin Kaftira

Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa on Frida

‘I wanted the ballet to stay close to my Latino-roots’

rave reviews
on the 2020 production
6 February

Frida stands proudly alone as an excellent new addition to the Dutch ballet repertoire

7 February

Frida is an unqualified ode to the joy of living and to female resilience

8 February

Frida is rock-solid. This ballet will undoubtedly conquer the world before long

Frida - Trailer 2020

scènes uit Frida

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.


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 Frida by: Lin van Ellinckhuijsen & Jacq. Algra
Location: Souterrain

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