Myrtha and Wilis in the white act of Giselle
Photo: Sasha Gouliaev

Giselle first classical ballet with live audio description

30 October 2023

Together with the ‘Komt het Zien!’ Foundation, Dutch National Ballet provides live audio description during the performances of Giselle on 5 November (in Dutch National Opera & Ballet), 9 November (in Amare, The Hague) and 15 November (in Parktheater Eindhoven). Giselle is the first ballet that is made accessible for visually impaired audiences by using live audio description.

The live audio description during the performance is provided by a blind interpreter, who can be heard through headphones from every seat in the theatre. A special introduction will take place before the performance, explaining what the sets and costumes look like, for example. Furthermore, a ‘meet and feel’ is organized for the visitors with a visual disability who attend the performance in Dutch National Opera & Ballet on 5 November.

The ’Komt het Zien!’ Foundation

Since its foundation in 2014, the ‘Komt het Zien!’ Foundation makes theatre performances and other events accessible for visually impaired audiences, by providing live audio description by blind interpreters. These blind interpreters specialise in live audio description and have a background in the theatre world and stage experience.

Please note: the performances of Giselle with live audio description on 5, 9 and 15 November are already sold out. The last tickets for the other, regular performances can be found by following the button below.