The ‘Zwanen’ (the VSCD Dance Awards) have been presented annually since 1983 and are also known as the ‘Oscars’ of Dutch dance. They aim to honour the achievements of dancers and companies, by bringing them to the attention of a wide public. The award that is presented each year is a beautiful bronze statue made by choreographer and visual artist Toer van Schayk.

Soloist with Dutch National Ballet, Edo Wijnen, was nominated for his role in the company’s production of Citizen Nowhere, choreographed by David Dawson.  The jury: ‘An amazing achievement. For 23 minutes, Edo Wijnen holds the audience in his grip, in this ‘tour de force’ created especially for him. His exceptionally strong technique enables him to emphasise the three-dimensionality of his body as it gyrates through the space. Powerful, alert and with great abandon, yet intimate at the same time’.

Other nominees for the ‘Zwaan’ for the most impressive dance achievement 2017 are: Imre van Opstal for her role in Salt Womb by Nederlands Dans Theater and Jefta Tanate for his role in The Definition of Now by Jasper van Luijk.

The VSCD dance jury 2017 comprises Anita van Dolen, chair (dance programmer for Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam and artistic director of Julidans), Fons Dejong (dance programmer for Theater aan het Vrijthof), Stella van Leeuwen (theatre and dance programmer for Lowlands), Nada Mounzer (NTR editor), Dave Schwab (dance programmer for Rotterdamse Schouwburg), Liesbeth Wildschut (Lecturer in Theatre and Dance Studies, Utrecht University) and Jasper Weck (head of marketing and assistant programmer for Theater de Veste).

The VSCD Dance Awards are traditionally announced and presented at the opening evening of the Dutch Dance Festival, in Maastricht, which takes place this year on 6 October.

Photo: Hans Gerritsen