Hans van Manen, resident choreographer with the Dutch National Ballet, has received a Gouden Eeuw Award for his whole oeuvre. Last week, the organiser of Bewonder Nederland announced that actress Ellen Vogel and singer Anneke Grönloh would also receive the award. Previous winners of the award include André van Duin, Paul van Vliet, Liesbeth List and André Kuipers.
Van Manen has created 120 ballets, which are performed by ballet companies all over the world. According to Bewonder Nederland, Van Manen is one of the few choreographers to make modern ballet popular with a wide audience.
The eighty-one-year-old Van Manen has received many awards for his work, including the Sonia Gaskell Prize, the Choreography Award from the Dutch Association of Theatres and Concert Halls, the Deutsche Tanzpreis, the Benois de la Danse Life Time Achievement Award and the City of Duisburg Music Prize. In 2000, he was awarded the Erasmus Prize for his special services to Dutch dance. In June 2013, he was appointed patron to the National Ballet Academy, which is part of the Amsterdam School of the Arts.
In 2007, the Dutch National Ballet organised the Hans van Manen Festival, dedicated to the choreographer and his work, on the occasion of his 75th birthday. For three weeks in September, the company presented 25 ballets in 6 different programmes, performed by 8 leading international companies. During the festival, Hans Van Manen was made a Commander in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
In mid-April 2013, Hans van Manen will be creating a new work for the programme Dutch Doubles, in collaboration with harpist Remy van Kesteren, winner of the Grachtenfestival Prize 2013 and the USA International Harp Competition 2013.