Dutch National Ballet
Dance Open 2018: Made in Amsterdam
Dance Open 2015: Back to Bach
To join Dutch National, besides having talent, you need extreme dedication and commitment, and an unremitting focus on technique. And even then, there are only a few who make it
What defines us is the sense of contemporary and classical ballet mixing together, a sense of adventure and curiosity of new ways of living the art form, a spirit of innovation but based on tradition
Dutch National Ballet (Het Nationale Ballet) was formed in 1961 when the Amsterdam Ballet and the Nederlands Ballet companies merged. In different years the company was directed by Sonia Gaskell, Rudi van Dantzig and Wayne Eagling. Ted Brandsen has been directing the ballet since 2003. Nowadays Dutch National Ballet is one of the cultural leaders not only in the Netherlands, but in the world.
The company has got the status of one of the most respectful in the world due to its constant cooperation with outstanding choreographers of the 20th century – Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Carolyn Carlson, Frederick Ashton, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky and others.
The company is proud of its international staff: it includes about 80 dancers from over 30 countries. Most of the dancers of Dutch National Ballet are at the same time guest soloists with high profile theaters.
The company participated in DANCE OPEN Festival twice: in 2014 with auteur programme by Hans van Manen - Hans van Manen. Master of Movement and in 2015 they opened the XIV international ballet festival DANCE OPEN at Alexandrinsky theatre with Back to Bach programme.