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Dutch National Ballet’s new full-length classic, Raymonda (2022), received four and five-star reviews and several mentions as the ‘best production of the year’ in the international dance press. In her production, associate artistic director Rachel Beaujean gives her own interpretation of the ballet story, which is relevant to the times we live in today. At the same time, she lets the choreographic gems of Marius Petipa’s last great masterpiece sparkle like never before.

For many years, most ballet companies worldwide only ventured to present the third act of the nineteenth-century Raymonda, which revolves around the wedding festivities. The complete production was avoided, due to a rather stigmatising plot. That is a shame, as from a choreographic point of view, Raymonda is probably Petipa’s best work. Beaujean says, “In Raymonda, he was able to incorporate and perfect all the knowledge and experience he’d gained previously in ballets like The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.”