This weekend, master choreographer Hans van Manen (1932) will receive the VSCD Oeuvre Prize at the Dutch Dance Festival. The official presentation of the prize will take place on Saturday 7 October at the ‘Festival of Dutch Dance’ at Theater aan het Vrijthof, in Maastricht.

The VSCD board about Hans van Manen:
“For over sixty years, Hans van Manen has been creating groundbreaking ballets, through which he has given an important boost to the development of dance in the Netherlands and abroad. His influence is indelible. Van Manen’s work harks back to the essence of dance – simple, powerful and pure; an art form that touches the soul. He has put love – with all its passion and tensions – on stage, often with humour. The clear, long lines that are broken, like thunder on a sunny day, are identified by everyone as the work of this true master choreographer”.

The VSCD Oeuvre Prize
The VSCD Oeuvre Prize is awarded to a person or organisation that has made a great contribution to the performing arts. Throughout their career or period that the organisation has been active, the prize winner has undergone a development that has defined the performing arts in some way. This influence must also be felt after ending the career or activities, according to the official definition of the prize.

In the past, the VSCD Oeuvre Prize has been awarded to Guus Hermus (1988), Alexandra Radius & Han Ebbelaar (1989), Peter Oosthoek (1993), Ton Lutz (1995), Dora van der Groen (1997), Jirí Kylián (2002), Rudi van Dantzig (2003), Hans Croiset (2004), Gustav Leonhardt (2006), Frans Brüggen (2007), Freek de Jonge (2008), Joop van den Ende (2011) and Youp van ’t Hek (2016).

VSCD board
The VSCD board comprises chair Nynke Stellingsma (director of De Oosterpoort &Stadsschouwburg Groningen), Alex Kühne (director of Deventer Schouwburg), Yan van der Heijden (director of Theater De Blauwe Kei), Gea Zantinge (business director of the Concertgebouw) and Gerard Wolters (director of Posthuis Theater Heerenveen).

Dutch Dance Festival
The Dutch Dance Festival is the most important moment of the year for Dutch dance. The festival in Maastricht celebrates the heritage, the present and the future of dance, not only in prestigious theatres, but also at exciting and unique locations in the city. The Dutch Dance Festival presents striking work by a new generation of choreographers and impressive performances by the established dance companies – from urban dance to classical ballet, and from performance to modern dance.