Rachel Beaujean (1959, Helmond, the Netherlands) is the head of the Dutch National Ballet’s artistic staff.
She received her training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Her association with Dutch National Ballet dates back to 1977, and by 1981 she was promoted to soloist. After her dancing career, she took up the position of ballet mistress with the Dutch National Ballet.
Beaujean made her mark in particular as the muse of Hans van Manen, appearing in a large number of his ballets, including Situation, Twilight, Adagio Hammerklavier, Five tango's, Sarcasmen, Corps and Opening. Additionally, she performed works by Rudi van Dantzig (Onder mijne voeten and Romeo and Juliet) and Toer van Schayk (Pyrrische Dansen II en IV and Het Mythisch Voorwendsel). She also danced various roles in the classical repertoire, including Myrtha in Giselle and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty.
She performed in several works by George Balanchine, including Agon, Apollo, Symphony in C, The Prodigal Son, Diamonds and The Four Temperaments. Rachel Beaujean also danced in Artifact by William Forsythe and in productions by Eduard Lock (Bread Dances), Martha Graham (Diversion of Angels), Ted Brandsen (The Four Sections and Crossing the Border) and Wayne Eagling (Frankenstein). In 1986, she was involved in Bacchanten, a project on which the Dutch National Ballet collaborated with director Gerardjan Rijnders.
Rachel Beaujean has held the position of Head of the Artistic Staff of the Dutch National Ballet since 1 May 2003. In this capacity, her main role is planning and coordinating rehearsals, monitoring the schedules of the artistic staff, making suggestions for casting and various other policy-related tasks. Rachel also continues to take rehearsals, give classes and coach dancers in her capacity as ballet mistress. Rachel is also a board member of the Hans van Manen Foundation.
In the 2008-2009 season, she worked with Ricardo Bustamante on a revised version of Giselle for the Dutch National Ballet. Prior to that, she made her own version of Les Sylphides for the company. And in September 2012 she made a new version of Paquita.
On 24 October 1993, Rachel Beaujean was awarded the Golden Dance Theatre Award by the VSCD (Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors) and in 1995 she received the Award of Merit from Stichting Danserfonds '79.
Rachel Beaujean (Helmond, The Netherlands) received her training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Her association with Dutch National Ballet dates back to 1977 and by 1981 she was promoted to soloist.
Beaujean made her mark in particular as muse of Hans van Manen appearing in a large number of his ballets including Twilight, Adagio Hammerklavier, Five tango's and Sarcasmen. Additionally, she performed works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Rudi van Dantzig and Toer van Schayk among others. She has also performed various roles in the classical repertory.
In 1993, Rachel Beaujean was awarded the Golden Dance Theatre Award by the Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors and in 1995 she received the Award of Merit by the Stichting Danserfonds '79.
In 1997 she stopped dancing and became balletmistress. Since 2003 Rachel is head of the artistic staff. She is boardmember of the Hans van Manen Foundation and she works as a rehearsal mistress to help various foreign companies produce works by Hans van Manen.
In season 2008 | 2009 she worked together with Ricardo Bustamante at a renewed version of Giselle, a production of the Dutch National Ballet in february 2009. Before she made a production of Les Sylphides for the Dutch National Ballet. In the season 2012-2013 she was responsible for a new production of Petipa's Paquita.