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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

Mata Hari (2015)
Commissioned by the Dutch National Ballet, choreography by Ted Brandsen
Novello & Co Ltd
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1 Hour 40 Minutes
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Tarik O'Regan Mata Hari (2015)
The turbulent life of the Dutch spy and dancer Mata Hari is at the heart of a large-scale production by Dutch National Ballet. Margaretha Geertruida Zelle – as Mata Hari was really called – is one of the most iconic women in Dutch history.

Mata Hari was born to a well-to-do Frisian family in 1876 as Margaretha Zelle. Following an unhappy marriage, Zelle went to seek adventure in Paris. As the exotic, mysterious Mata Hari, she became one of the most famous dancers of her day. She travelled throughout Europe and had highly placed lovers everywhere, which made her an ideal spy during World War I. She was accused – rightly or wrongly – of being a double agent, and she died in front of a French firing squad in 1917.

  • Ensemble
    Dutch National Ballet
    Anna Tsygankova, Mata Hari
    Matthew Rowe
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