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WWI spy Mata Hari brought to life in new Dutch balletNearly a century after she was shot as an alleged spy, the story of the world's ultimate femme fatale, Mata Hari, is to be staged for the first time as a ballet in her native Netherlands. "Mata Hari" will open to an already sold-out premiere at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam on Feb. 6, aiming to bring to life through dance the woman whose name has become synonymous with unbridled sensuality and ultimately, fatal betrayal. Frisian-born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, known by her stage name Mata Hari, was executed by a French firing squad on Oct. 15, 1917, after being accused of spying for Germany during World War I. The idea of creating a major new ballet began four years ago – and when Brandsen shared his plans with two-time Grammy-nominated British composer Tarik O'Regan, it all came to life.More than 60 dancers will perform during the two-hour production featuring a kaleidoscope of experiences from Mata Hari's life. "Mata Hari" runs from Feb. 6 to 26 at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam.
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