Matthew Golding, principal with the Dutch National Ballet, has been nominated for the ‘most impressive dance achievement 2012’. Golding received the nomination for his role in Short Time Together, a work by Sol Léon and Paul Lightfoot, in the anniversary programme Present/s.
The jury said, “In a series of spectacular leaps and dizzying turns, Matthew Golding swept across the stage like a white tornado; at full power, but at the same time gently and in complete control. (...) This makes every performance by this talented, virtuoso, passionate and – here comes that word again – sexy dancer a great pleasure to watch”.
Other nominees besides Matthew Golding are Christian Guerematchi for his role in Rocco with ICKamsterdam, Myrthe van Opstal for her role in van Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Nederlands Dans Theater II and Genevieve Osborne for her role in Mono with Danshuis Station Zuid. The ‘Zwanen’ awards will be presented on 6 October at the Dutch Dance Celebration during the Dutch Dance Festival in Maastricht.
The battle for the ‘Zwaan’ for the most impressive dance production of 2012 is between Garbo Laughs by Nederlands Dans Theater, Mono by Danshuis Station Zuid and Rocco by ICKamsterdam.
The nominees and the prize-winners are selected by the VSCD Dance Jury, on behalf of the Dutch Association of Theatres and Concert Halls (VSCD). The 2012 VSCD Dance Jury comprises Lucia Claus (chairwoman, director of Stadsschouwburg Utrecht), Karin Schnabel (ex-dancer and freelance teacher), Tim Persent (dancer and winner of the Gold ‘Zwaan’ 2004), Hildegard Draaijer (artistic director of Theatergroep Dox), Benjamin Koolstra (ex-director of Keizer Karel Podia), Francine van der Wiel (journalist/critic), Anita van Dolen (programmer with Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam and Julidans Festival) and Ingrid Scheper (programmer with Musis Sacrum/Schouwburg Arnhem).
Dutch Dance Festival
The Dutch Dance Festival is taking place on 5, 6 and 7 October. The festival is devoted completely to dance productions created in the Netherlands. The Dutch National Ballet will be performing Variations for two couples, the most recent work by Hans van Manen, resident choreographer with the Dutch National Ballet.