DVD-box Hans van Manen

Stichtin Hans van Manen

Hans van Manen Foundation

Hans van Manen Foundation

Since 1955, Hans van Manen, who was awarded the Erasmus Prize in 2000, created more than 120 ballets that are threatened to get lost for future generations. A large part of the costumes and settings, of designers like Keso Dekker and Jean-Paul Vroom, can be recovered with the aid of the Nederlands Dans Theater , the Dutch National Ballet and Introdans. For older ballets, a research will have to be done to recover and reconstruct them from foreign companies or through archives.

The HANS VAN MANEN FOUNDATION started its work. The foundation will make an inventory of the cultural heritage of choreographer Hans van Manen and categorize it in a production archive.

Conversations have been carried on with the Nederlands Dans Theater , the Dutch National Ballet and Introdans and by handing over their production archive with costumes and settings to the foundation. Without these data, a reconstruction of a ballet is impossible. By preserving Hans van Manen's cultural heritage in the form of a production archive, future generations will be able to reconstruct ballets and the important work of Hans van Manen will not get lost.

The board is formed by:

  • Henk van Dijk, video master and member of the artistic staff of the Dutch National Ballet (chairman);
  • Han Ebbelaar, former dancer and co-founder of Stichting Dansersfonds '79 (vice-chairman);
  • Oscar Hammerstein, lawyer (secretary/treasurer);
  • Roel Voorintholt, former dancer, artistic director Introdans.

Artistic advisor is Rachel Beaujean, former dancer, head artistic staff of the Dutch National Ballet, repetiteur of works from Hans van Manen. Maartje Wildeman is executive producer.

A website is created as a result of which the public will be able to access the work of the foundation. Furthermore, all the visual material of Hans van Manen's ballets will form part of the archive. In the year 2000, Hans van Manen was awarded the Erasmus Prize, and this prize made it possible to digitise the video archive.

The former Theater Instituut Nederland has support the foundation, giving advice on the preservation and registration.

The foundation has received an initial subsidy of the Fonds Bijzondere Uitkeringen van de Stichting Algemene Loterij Nederland, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, VandenEnde Foundation and VSBfund.