Dutch National Ballet | FAIRYTALES

November 15, 2013

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Dutch National Ballet | FAIRYTALES

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The magical worlds of two master choreographers

* European premiere Firebird by Alexei Ratmansky

* revival The Dream by Sir Frederick Ashton

* Performances  1 until 16 March 2014 at The Amsterdam Music Theatre

The Dutch National Ballet brings a fairytale atmosphere into the spring of 2014. In co-production with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, the company is presenting the European premiere of the brand-new version of the fairytale ballet Firebird, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. The premiere will be
combined with The Dream, a comical and magical highlight from the oeuvre of the greatest English choreographer of the twentieth century, Sir Frederick Ashton. Fairytales will be danced by the Dutch National Ballet on Saturday 1 March in The Amsterdam Music theatre and runs until Sunday 16 March 2014 at The Amsterdam Music Theatre.

Both choreographers are counted among the most gifted ‘storytellers’ of the ballet world. But each has a totally different approach. Whereas Ashton operated from within the English tradition, Ratmansky – as the former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet – is an expert in the field of Russian ballet and cultural heritage.


Alexei Ratmansky has received international acclaim for his re-interpretations of Russian ballets and stories. This time, he has chosen Firebird: an exotic fairytale created by his compatriot Michel Fokine in 1910 for
Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. It has since been adapted by many choreographers, and like them Ratmansky was inspired by the magnificent music of the same name by Igor Stravinsky. Ratmansky adds his own accents to the story of Ivan, who captures a firebird in a magical garden, and when she escapes receives a magical feather from her to help him in his hour of need.

The Dream

Sir Frederick Ashton based his ballet The Dream on the marvellous woodland scenes from William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In the story, three worlds come together: that of the mechanicals or craftsmen, that of the aristocrats and that of the spirits. This is due mainly to Oberon,
the king of the fairies, who sets off an absurd train of events, assisted by the mischievous sprite Puck. However, Ashton’s choreography is not just a crazy dance comedy. It is also a fairytale ballet full of romantic atmosphere and darting pointe work.


Firebird – European première

Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky

Music: Igor Stravinsky

The Dream

Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton

Music: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Accompanied by Holland Symfonia conducted by Matthew Rowe

Performances in The Amsterdam Music Theatre

Sat 1, Sun 2, Fri 7, Sat 8, Sun 9, Wed 12, Thurs 13, Sat 15 and Sun 16 March 2014.

Curtain up 20:15, Sun 2, Sun 9 and Sun 16 March 2014 curtain up 14:00.

Admission: From € 15,- to € 65,-

Discounts applicable to holders of stadspas and CJP, and to age 16 and under

Last-minute student tickets: € 15

Tickets are available from the box office of The Amsterdam Music Theatre (020) 625 54 55 and the AUB-ticketshop on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. Tickets can be booked online via the website.

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