11 October - 2 November 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Don Quichote

Audience favourite brimming with temperament

A sun-drenched, feel-good ballet! That’s a good way to sum up Alexei Ratmansky’s internationally acclaimed Don Quixote. The leading Russian-American choreographer created this new version of the famous ballet classic for Dutch National Ballet in 2010, resulting in a production that exudes fun, positive energy and Spanish temperament.

Photo: Angela Sterling

Audience favourite brimming with temperament

Ballet classic Don Quixote, one of the biggest audience favourites, demands enormous technical virtuosity of its dancers. This season, a new generation of Dutch National Ballet principals will get the opportunity to prove themselves in the multitude of dazzling leaps, dizzying pirouettes and snappy pointework variations. At the same time, the ballet, which is based on a passage from Miguel de Cervantes’ epic novel of the same name (1605 – 1615), makes strong demands on the dancers’ acting talent and sense of timing and delivery. This is particularly so in Ratmansky’s version, where the comic story about the love between Kitri and Basilio – fuelled by Don Quixote – gets a touch of absolute style and chicness, despite all the spectacle and humour. As the ‘icing on the cake’, there are elegant, colourful sets and costumes by the Frenchman Jérôme Kaplan. 

Boundless passion and precision 

As is the case in all Ratmansky’s productions, his Don Quixote also shows great respect for the Russian ballet tradition. The former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet – and currently artist in residence with New York City Ballet – based his interpretation on the libretto of the original version of the ballet, created in 1869 by Marius Petipa, as well as on the adaptation made of it around thirty years later by Alexander Gorsky. Ratmansky did, however, add his own elements and new choreography, directing the whole production with boundless passion and precision. It’s no wonder he himself said on the eve of the premiere: “While I may sometimes tire of other classics, Don Quixote, when danced by the right cast, always works.”


Choreography  Alexei Ratmansky, after Marius Petipa and Aleksandr Gorski
Music  Ludwig Minkus
Set and costumes  Jérôme Kaplan

Musical accompaniment  Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Matthew Rowe

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Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Dutch Ballet Orchestra is the leading orchestra for dance in the Netherlands. In every performance, the orchestra searches for inspiring synergy between music and dance, in order to give the audience a magical experience. From classical ballet to modern masterpieces, and from music education to talent development, Dutch Ballet Orchestra inspires the movement in dance.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

From 1 August 2024, the Flemish conductor Koen Kessels (1961) will be the new music director of Dutch National Ballet, and artistic director and principal conductor of Dutch Ballet Orchestra. He is taking over the baton from Matthew Rowe, who has fulfilled this special dual position since 2013 and who will be returning as principal guest conductor.

Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud musical partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. One important mission of Dutch Ballet Orchestra is investing in the youngest generation of dancers and musicians.

In 2023, for instance, the orchestra issued an open call for young composers, in collaboration with Dutch National Ballet, resulting in a new work that was presented in the Junior Company’s touring programme, Ten. The orchestra has also been working for some years already with the Dutch National Ballet Academy. For example, the orchestra members provide the music for the end-of-year performances Dancers of Tomorrow.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra has also collaborated regularly on innovative – and award-winning – family and school productions. Creatures, in partnership with ISH Dance Collective, won the international Young Audiences Music Award and the production Hansel and Gretel, received various Musical Awards. Last season, this tradition was continued in the production Beauty and the Beast.