Hans van Manen


Hans van Manen (Nieuwer-Amstel, 1932) is one of the grandmasters of contemporary ballet and is also called the ‘Mondriaan of dance’. His currently over a hundred and fifty choreographies have a distinctive style, with the great clarity of structure and refined simplicity as its prime characteristics. From 1960, he alternated work with the two major dance companies of the Netherlands, the Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. He worked with national stars like Alexandra Radius, Han Ebbelaar and Gérard Lemaitre, as well as with international stars like Rudolf Nureyev, Marcia Haydée and Natalia Makarova. His choreographies are danced by over ninety companies abroad. Besides a choreographer, Van Manen has also been successful as a photographer, and his work was featured at international exhibitions.

Major work, including

1965 Metaforen 

1971 Grosse Fuge

1973 Adagio Hammerklavier

1975 Four Schumann Pieces, Assortimento

1977 5 Tango’s, Lieder ohne Worte

1979 Live

1981 Sarcasmen 

1982 Trois Gnossiennes

1983 In and Out 

1990 Two

1992 On the Move 

1996 Kleines Requiem

1997 Solo

2005 Frank Bridge Variations

2010 Variations for two couples

Previously featured at the Holland Festival

1963 Symphony in three movements 

1964 Opus twaalf 

1965 Essay in de stilte, Symphony in three movements

1966 Metaforen, Point of No Return

1968 Variomatic, Vijf Schetsen

1970 Mutations

1971 Keep Going, Grosse Fuge

1972 Twilight

1973 Septet Extra, Daphnis en Chloé – suite no. 2

1974 Le sacre du printemps

1976 Four Schumann Pieces

1979 Live

1980 Live

1983 Portrait

1984 Bits and Pieces

1985 Ballet Scènes, Dumbarton Oaks

1987 Symphonieën der Nederlanden

1988 Four Schumann Pieces

1991 In The Future, 5 Tango’s

1992 Trois Gnossiennes, Theme from True Colour, Visions Fugitives, Two, On the Move, Black Cake, Squares, In and Out, Grosse Fuge, Situation, Twilight, Adagio Hammerklavier, Corps, Portrait, Evergreens

1994 Compositie, Squares

1995 Grosse Fuge, Déjà vu

1997 Three Pieces for HET

2008 Situation

2019 Kleines Requiem

2021 Grosse Fuge

Prizes and awards, including

2018 Medal of Honour for Art and Science from the Order of the House of Orange.

2017 Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres (French ministry of culture)

2013 Benois de la Danse for Variations for two couples

2007 VSCD Lifetime achievement award

2007 Commander in the Order of the Netherlands Lion

2005 Benois de la Danse Lifetime Achievement Award

2004 Deutsche Tanzpreis

2000 Erasmus Prize

1996 Bob Angelo Penning from the COC

1993 Deutsche Tanzpreis

1991 Sonia Gaskell Prize

1991 Choreography prize from the VSCD for Two

1957 State Award for Choreography for Feestgericht