On 11 July 2012, resident choreographer Hans van Manen will turn eighty. The Dutch National Ballet is celebrating this happy event one week earlier with a ballet gala dedicated to Van Manen and his work.
For the occasion of his birthday, the Dutch National Ballet is presenting a programme that includes the new work he is creating for Present(s) (premiere February 2012), and a selection of his acclaimed ‘ballets for two’ and other highlights of his oeuvre. Guests from the Netherlands and abroad will also add sparkle to this special gala (dress code: black tie).
Van Manen, who is indisputably Holland’s greatest choreographer, has received numerous awards, including the Erasmus Prize and the Benois de la Danse Lifetime Achievement Award. On his seventy-fifth birthday, when the Dutch National Ballet organised a large-scale Hans van Manen Festival, he was made a Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion; an honour for ‘services of very exceptional merit’.
‘Hans van Manen is in a class of his own’ - de Volkskrant
‘Nobody reviewing the evening can conclude otherwise than that Van Manen is the greatest choreographer of the Netherlands’ - NRC Handelsblad about the opening evening of the Hans van Manen Festival.
Gala Hans van Manen 80 years