Associate Artistic Director
RACHEL BEAUJEAN (Helmond, 1959) joined Dutch National Ballet in 1977 and was promoted to soloist in 1981. She took up the position of ballet mistress in 1997 and has held the post of head of the artistic staff since 2003.
Beaujean received her training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She danced in many works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Eduard Lock, Rudi van Dantzig, Toer van Schayk and Ted Brandsen. She also danced many roles in the classical repertoire. She became especially well known for her interpretations of the work of Hans van Manen, for whom she was a muse for many years. As ballet mistress, one of Beaujean’s tasks is to rehearse the ballets of Hans van Manen with Dutch National Ballet and other international companies.
For Dutch National Ballet, Beaujean has also made her own version of Les Sylphides, a revised production of Giselle, in collaboration with Ricardo Bustamante, and a new production of Paquita.
She is a board member of the Dutch Dance Festival, the Foundation Toer van Schayk and the Hans van Manen Foundation.
- 1993 Golden Dance Theatre Award, VSCD (Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors).
- 1995 Award of Merit, Stichting Dansersfonds `79