Carmen, the most popular fictional character in French opera, is back! Robert Carsen’s staging of Carmen strips the opera of its clichés and kitsch, while retaining the essence of the Spanish spirit. A good 150 years have passed since the opera first premièred in Paris, but Carmen, the heroine of this tale, continues to capture the imagination of audiences with her undisguised sensuality and free-spirited mentality.
During Shadows, Dutch National Ballet brings one of the most gripping works in the history of twentieth-century dance back to the stage: Kurt Jooss’ anti-war ballet The Green Table (1932). An impressive choreography which, as the current war period proves, is unfortunately still as topical as ever. In addition, this programme features a beautiful, hopeful work by Wayne McGregor and a world premiere by Milena Sidorova on Mozart's Symphony No. 25.
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In this fairy tale, the villain is not a witch, but mankind. Engelbert Humperdinck’s Königskinder is a tragic story about a goose girl and a prince who fall in love. Together, they overcome magical obstacles and their own prejudices, but are misunderstood and rejected by the harsh society they live in.
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The Sleeping Beauty
Sir Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty has been the jewel in the crown of Dutch National Ballet’s repertoire for over forty years. The demanding variations, brilliant pointe work and pure classical technique make this nineteenth-century fairy-tale ballet the ultimate touchstone for ballet dancers all over the world today. A magical ballet fairy tale for the whole family!