6-21 April 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Studio Boekman

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From € 10

Mr. Coats

Read-aloud ballet based on the children’s book by Sieb Posthuma (4+)

Whether it’s winter or summer, Mr. Coats is always freezing cold. Shivering, he tries and tries to get warm, but even thick layers of winter coats don’t help. Isn’t there anything he can do to stop the shivers?

Choreographer Wubkje Kuindersma is adapting the touching picture book Mr. Coats into a ballet for the very youngest audience. A heart-warming performance about the discovery that some things in life are better when you’re with somebody else. 

Read-aloud ballet

Wubkje Kuindersma is a Young Creative Associate with Dutch National Ballet. An important theme in her work is the connection between people. She enjoys collaborating with other artists, and in this case she is working with composer Anthony Fiumara, who has also written the music for previous ballets she has choreographed.

Some years ago, Sieb Posthuma (1960-2014), known for his wonderful, imaginative illustration style, designed the sets and costumes for Dutch National Ballet’s production of the ballet classic Coppelia. Dutch National Ballet is delighted to be involved with his work once again, this time by adapting one of his books into a brand-new children’s ballet.


Based on the picture book Mannetje Jas (Mr. Coats) written and illustrated by Sieb Posthuma

Choreography  Wubkje Kuindersma 
Composition   Anthony Fiumara 
Costume design  Oliver Haller 
Lighting design  Wijnand van der Horst 

“… I wanted to show that you could meet somebody, through friendship or love, who feels like a match for you. Somebody who can warm you up.”

Sieb Posthuma

Ticket prices

  • Children aged 16 and under, City Pass & CJP: € 10,00
  • Adults: € 12,50

Prices exclude € 2,00 booking fee per ticket.

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The national Kindermuziekweek is an initiative of 13 major Dutch music institutions that have joined forces to create an annual 10-day Kindermuziekweek. Dutch National Opera & Ballet participates in this joyful week, as it does every year.

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