Hans van Manen

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Considered by many to be the best choreographer in the Netherlands, Hans van Manen (born in 1932) is also at the top of the world rankings in classical modern dance. He has created 150 ballets over a sixty-year period. Van Manen’s ballets are austere and taut, humorous and musical. His style is constructivist. His work has been performed by eighty different dance companies around the world; recently, the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg devoted a whole programme to his choreography.

Van Manen has worked on and off for the Nederlands Dans Theater and Dutch National Ballet over the past sixty years. He has won numerous awards, including the Benois de la Danse, the German Dance Prize, the German Music Prize and the Dutch Erasmus Prize (2000). In 2007, he became a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion in recognition of his ‘remarkable record of achievement’.