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Holland Festival – Stravinsky Fairytales – Alexei Ratmansky & The National Ballet

The National Ballet presents two of the most successful and imaginative ballets by the most important classical ballet choreographer of our time, Alexei Ratmansky. The Stravinsky Fairy Tales consists of his dazzling 'Firebird' and the European premiere of the poetic 'The Fairy's Kiss' - both set to the masterful music of Igor Stravinsky.

Holland Festival – Stravinsky Fairytales – Alexei Ratmansky & The National Ballet

Dates
Tue 18 Jun20:15 - 22:45
Thu 20 Jun20:15 - 22:45
Fri 21 Jun20:15 - 22:45
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Location
Nationale Opera & Ballet
Nes 63 3
1012 KD Amsterdam
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Snowstorm

The Fairy's Kiss, written in 1928 under the French title Le Baiser de la Fée for Les Ballets Russes, is based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. A boy is saved by a fairy's kiss during a snowstorm. He grows up to be a handsome young man, but on the night before his wedding, the fairy returns to claim him, sealing his fate with an icy kiss.

The legend of the firebird, the starting point for Stravinsky's L'Oiseau de Feu from 1910, tells the story of the tsar's son Ivan, who catches a firebird in a magical garden. After she breaks free, Ivan receives a feather from her that will save him in need.

Quirky

Ratmansky has translated both stories into dance in an extremely idiosyncratic way. In Ratmansky's hands, The Fairy's Kiss – with beautiful sets and costumes by Jérôme Kaplan – grows into a moving story about a choreographer who cannot escape his fate. His passionate Firebird jumps off the stage, with the firebird also symbolizing a force of nature from which you cannot easily escape.

Dates and times

Sunday 16 June14:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 18 June20:15 - 22:45
Thursday 20 June20:15 - 22:45

Holland Festival – Stravinsky Fairytales – Alexei Ratmansky & The National Ballet

Dates
Tue 18 Jun20:15 - 22:45
Thu 20 Jun20:15 - 22:45
Fri 21 Jun20:15 - 22:45
More dates
Location
Nationale Opera & Ballet
Nes 63 3
1012 KD Amsterdam
show in Google Maps