She begins to dance
rhythms come flooding
Her father’s red scarf
forever around her neck
This ballet was choreographed (2016)for the Dutch National Ballet by their director Ted Brandsen with music by Tarik O’Regan. It tells the story of the life of Margaretha Zelle who lived before the first world war.
She escapes the cruelties of broken relationships and loss of her children
Alone in Paris she invents a stage exotic persona called Mata Hari; a Javanese Dancer in fabulous costumes
Her bohemian lifestyle brings her fame and success, but eventually gets entangled with of the conflict of WW1
and she is shot as a double agent.