16-25 May 2025


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Colourful family performance about spider heroine Anansi

A dazzling gesamtkunstwerk’ and ‘whirling and imaginative music theatre’. That is how the new dance opera How Anansi freed the stories of the world was received at its world premiere in 2021. So this season Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Opera are once again presenting the story of the inventive mythical spider Anansi on stage, with plenty of passion, verve and humour.

Photo: Michel Schnater

Colourful family performance about spider heroine Anansi

In this effervescent, colourful family performance, an international cast of opera soloists, musicians from diverse genres, a DJ, ballet dancers and dancers from the hiphop scene bring together a whole range of different cultures, languages, sounds and movement styles. The makers – including hiphop choreographer Shailesh Bahoran, South-African composer Neo Muyanga and librettist Maarten van Hinte – deliberately opted for a non-Western source of inspiration: the story of the spider heroine Anansi, who has taken on the task of freeing stories of the jungle from the claws of an imperious tiger. The myth originated in Ghana, then travelled with the slave ships to Suriname and the Caribbean, where the popular story of the defiant Anansi grew into an expression of covert rebellion against the plantation owners.


Hypnotic snake, skating hornets and a vegetarian leopard

Director Kenza Koutchoukali and designer Dieuweke van Reij – along with the other makers – transport you alternately to the (urban) jungle and the palace of the cunning, power hungry tiger Tigri. He commands Anansi to gather all the stories of the world for him, including those about a hypnotic snake, a group of skating hornets, a vegetarian leopard and a charming princess. But the resourceful Anansi invents a ruse and outsmarts Tigri. Whereas the tiger wants to keep all the stories within the palace walls, Anansi frees them and gives them back to the world, so that everyone can enjoy them.


Libretto and dramaturgy  Maarten van Hinte

Stage director  Kenza Koutchoukali
Musical direction  Lochlan Brown
Composition  Neo Muyanga
Sets and costumes  Dieuweke van Reij
Sound design  Nina Kraszewska
Dramaturgy  Maarten van Hinte, Wout van Tongeren en Naomi Teekens

Anansi  Thando Mjandana
Makuba  Katia Ledoux
Tigri  Frederik Bergman
Snake the Serpent  Martin Mkhize
Sista Leopard  Carla Nahadi Babelegoto
Princess Vixen  Claron McFadden

Junior Company – Dutch National Ballet

Musical accompaniment  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra conducted by Lochlan Brown

Co-commission and co-production Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Opera

Performance for schools
We offer an exclusive school matinee for primary school students. For more information see here

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CJP | Stadspas

Youth aged 16 and under


€ 48,00

€ 41,00

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Kenza Koutchoukali

“What I'm looking for is radical empathy”

Director Kenza Koutchoukali on her makership.

Carla Nahadi Babelegoto as Sisa Leopard and ensemble
Carla Nahadi Babelegoto in How Anansi freed the stories of the world (2021) | Photo: Bart Grietens
How Anansi freed the stories of the world (2021) | Photo: Bart Grietens
Arjuna Vermeulen in How Anansi freed the stories of the world (2021) | Photo: Michel Schnater
Martin Mkhize as the Serpent
Martin Mkhize in How Anansi freed the stories of the world (2021) | Photo: Michel Schnater
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra have been the main orchestral partners of Dutch National Opera since they were established in 1985. The two orchestras, with the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as their main base, are regarded as among the best opera orchestras in the world. 

Photo: Anna van Kooij

Nederlands Kamerorkest

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, with chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti at the helm, concentrates on the large-scale symphonic repertoire while the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is a smaller, more intimate orchestra with 25 to 45 musicians led by concertmaster and artistic director Gordan Nikolić. Both orchestras present their own programmes and regularly work with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as with the new generation of up-and-coming top musicians. The orchestras perform at numerous venues, bringing people together through their music and giving both classical music aficionados and new audiences a musical experience to remember. With their welcoming home base NedPhO-Koepel, located in east Amsterdam’s Indische Buurt neighbourhood, the orchestras are firmly embedded in the community.

In the 2024 – 2025 season, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing the operas Rigoletto, Peter Grimes, Die Fledermaus and Die Frau ohne Schatten while the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra can be heard in Idomeneo, How Anansi freed the stories of the world and the Opera Studio production Dido and Aeneas.