Matthew Golding, principal with the Dutch National Ballet, has been awarded the ‘Zwaan’ for the most impressive dance achievement in 2012. Golding received the ‘Zwaan’ for his role in the Dutch National Ballet’s Short Time Together.
This work was created by Sol Léon and Paul Lightfoot for the occasion of the anniversary programme Present/s in February 2012, to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. The award was presented to Matthew Golding on the evening of 6 October, during the Dutch Dance Celebration in Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht.
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’.
The Canadian dancer Matthew Golding, born in Regina, is now in his fourth season with the Dutch National Ballet. He was promoted from second soloist to principal in September 2010, following his spectacular performance in Alexander Ratmansky’s Don Quichotte.
Golding trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. and the Royal Ballet School in London. Matthew is a winner of the Youth America Grand Prix and was awarded the Alexandra Radius Prize in September 2011. In March 2012, he was the first Canadian dancer ever to give a guest performance at the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. In April 2012, he was nominated for the most prestigious international dance award, the Benois de la Danse, for his role of the Prince in Nutcracker & Mouse King, the most popular ballet in the Dutch National Ballet’s repertoire. De Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described Matthew Golding and his dance partner Anna Tsygankova as one of the most perfect couples in today’s dance world.
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Every year, the dance jury of the VSCD (the Dutch Association of Theatres and Concert Halls) awards the ‘Zwanen’ for the most impressive dance production and the most impressive dance achievement of the past season. The ‘Zwaan’ for the ‘most impressive dance production’ went to International Choreographic Arts Center/ Emio Greco|PC for the production ROCCO.
As usual, the ‘Zwanen’ were presented at the Dutch Dance Festival. This year’s jury comprised Lucia Claus (chairwoman), Karin Schnabel, Tim Persent, Hildegard Draaijer, Benjamin Koolstra, Francine van der Wiel, Anita van Dolen and Ingrid Scheper.
‘Following two wonderful solos by his colleagues Remi Wörtmeyer and Koen Havenith, he brought the audience to their feet with his display of fireworks in Short Time
Together, created by guest choreographers Paul Lightfoot and Sol León for the Dutch National Ballet’s anniversary. In a series of spectacular leaps and dizzying turns, Matthew Golding (1985) swept across the stage like a white tornado; at full power, but at the same time gently and in complete control.
Golding’s success in this role is extra special, as the Canadian dancer (who has already gained great admiration for his classical roles) is not familiar with the complex, sometimes awkward idiom of the NDT choreographers. Yet he mastered it with amazing ease, without renouncing his classical background. He thus proved himself a dancer of the twenty-first century: strong, versatile, inquisitive and eager. This makes every performance by this talented, virtuoso, passionate and – here comes that word again – sexy dancer a great pleasure to watch’.