13-21 Nov 2021
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
ca. 75 minutes
Music, dance and theatre for all
Forget Spiderman. The mythical spider Anansi will be taking over in the coming season. Dutch National Opera and Dutch National Ballet are joining forces to create a new, exciting music theatre production about this amazing creature who has travelled halfway round the world. Renowned opera stars, musicians from various genres, ballet dancers and dancers from the hip hop scene come together to tell a fascinating story which combines different cultures, sounds and movement styles in an innovative way.
Libretto Maarten van Hinte
Composition Neo Muyanga
Stage direction Kenza Koutchoukali
Conductor Lochlan Brown
Choreography Shailesh Bahoran
Set and costume designs Dieuweke van Reij
Support and additional choreography Ernst Meisner
Lighting design Wijnand van der Horst
Dramaturgy Maarten van Hinte, Wout van Tongeren and Naomi Teekens
Sound design Nina Kraszewska
Anansi Zwakele Tshabalala
Makuba Katia Ledoux
Tigri the Tiger Agris Hartmanis
Snake the Serpent Martin Mkhize**
Sista Leopard Carla Nahadi Babelegoto
Princess Vixen Claron McFadden
Hornets Leonie van Rheden, Makudu Senaoana and Elenora Hu
Luca Abdel-Nour*, Koko Bamford*, Lily Carbone*, Mila Caviglia*, Joley Groeizaam, Lauren Hunter*, Nicola Jones*, Patrick Karijowidjojo, Isaac Mueller*, Gregory Myles*, Catarina Pires*, Gabriel Rajah*, Marchano Sarijoen, Guillermo Torrijos*, Arjuna Vermeulen, Louisella Vogt*, Lucinda Wessels, Sven de Wilde* en Koyo Yamamoto*.
* member of the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet
Orchestra Het Balletorkest (The Ballet Orchestra)
Percussionist Carlo Hoop
DJ Abstract – Gestow Power
** Dutch National Opera Studio alumnus
Coproduced and commissioned by Dutch National Opera and Dutch National Ballet
How ANANSI freed the stories of the world - podcast
In this introductory (Dutch) podcast, Naomi Teekens and Wout van Tongeren - both dramaturges at Dutch National Opera - speak with the artistic team of How ANANSI freed the stories of the world.
How ANANSI freed the stories of the world
(...) dazzling and imaginative musical theater.
The diverse cast, the explosion of crossovers between disciplines, and the picturesque stage setting are a feast for the eyes.
Cheerful show centered around spider Anansi.
At last! Dutch National Opera and Dutch National Ballet, under the same roof in multicultural Amsterdam for 35 years, have joined forces for a genre-crossing, inclusive family show.
The family opera How Anansi freed the stories of the world is a dazzling total work of art.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
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.