Toer van Schayk, 'a wonderful, unique person'.

Toer van Schayk has been granted the honour of Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. Minister Jet Bussemaker presented the honour to Van Schayk on the stage of Dutch National Opera & Ballet, in Amsterdam, when the curtain fell on the first night of Dutch Masters, on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

Jet Bussemaker: “Toer van Schaijk is multi-talented. Dancer and choreographer. Costume and set designer. Harpsichord builder and sculptor. Painter and also inventor of his own notation method for choreography. You cannot sum him up under one heading, and that makes him a wonderful, unique person”.
Dutch Masters
At the end of September 2016, choreographer and designer Toer van Schayk will celebrate his 80th birthday. To mark this special occasion, Dutch National Ballet is dancing the tribute programme Dutch Masters, with two ballets by Toer van Schayk and ballets by Rudi van Dantzig and Hans van Manen. Besides three masterpieces from their repertoire, Dutch Masters will also include the latest ballet by Toer van Schayk, entitled Episodes van Fragmenten.

Dutch Masters will be presented in Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam, from 14 to 25 September.

Toer van Schayk is 80
Many events will be organised for the 80th birthday of Toer van Schayk. Today, Walburg Pers will publish the book Toer van Schayk. Danser, choreograaf & kunstenaar, by Astrid van Leeuwen, Maaike Staffhorst and Marie-Jeanne van Hövell tot Westerflier. On 27 September, film museum Eye Amsterdam is organising An evening with Toer van Schayk, which will include excerpts from documentaries about Toer, dance films he made himself and a live performance by Dutch National Ballet. Last week, Dutch National Ballet’s annual Gala was also dedicated to Toer van Schayk.

Photo: Minister Jet Bussemaker presents the honour to Toer van Schayk  (Juri Hiensch)