DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET
Dutch National Ballet is an international company with talented dancers from thirty different countries, many of whom give regular guest performances with prestigious companies abroad.
Dutch National Ballet occupies a leading position in the cultural scene of the Netherlands and abroad. With 80 dancers it is by far the largest dance company in the Netherlands. Over the years, the Dutch National Ballet has developed into one of the most respected ballet companies in the world. In the 2011-2012 season, the company is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.
Along with De Nederlandse Opera, the Dutch National Ballet has been a resident company of The Amsterdam Music Theatre since 1986. Every year, the company gives around 70 performances in Amsterdam and at least 25 performances in other theatres in the Netherlands and abroad.
Dutch National Ballet was formed in 1961 through a merger between the Amsterdams Ballet and the Nederlands Ballet. The company has been directed successively by: Sonia Gaskell (1961 - 1969), Rudi van Dantzig (1969 - 1991), Wayne Eagling (1991 - 2003) and Ted Brandsen (from 2003).
The company’s first artistic director, Sonia Gaskell [1904 - 1974], originally from Russia, was one of the pioneers who helped build up Dutch ballet from scratch after World War II. Under her leadership, in the sixties, the Dutch National Ballet presented classics such as La Sylphide, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty for the first time in their entirety in Holland.