Marijn Rademaker new principal with Dutch National Ballet

On 1 January 2015, Marijn Rademaker will join Dutch National Ballet as a principal. Rademaker, who is currently a principal with Stuttgarter Ballett in Germany, is regarded as the best Dutch male dancer in the world at the moment.

Marijn Rademaker is the first Dutch male dancer to become a principal with the company since Boris de Leeuw was promoted to that rank in 1995. In February 2015, Marijn will be making his debut with the company in the programme Jewels by George Balanchine. 

Marijn Rademaker:
“I’m very happy to be coming home to the Netherlands and Dutch National Ballet, after dancing for nearly 15 years with Stuttgarter Ballett. After returning a few times as a guest artist, I realised that I miss the Netherlands a lot and that I feel very at home in the company. I’m really looking forward to John Neumeier’s masterpiece La Dame aux Camélias and Chroma by Wayne McGregor - two ‘familiar faces’ for me. But I’m also looking forward to the new challenges the company will offer me, such as George Balanchine’s Jewels, the many world premieres and of course the works of our own master Hans van Manen!”

La Dame aux Camelias

Ted Brandsen, director of Dutch National Ballet
“I’m delighted that Marijn Rademaker is coming to join Dutch National Ballet. He is without doubt the best male classical dancer from the Netherlands in the world today. He has a strong presence and moves the audience with his special combination of sublime classical ballet technique, great intuitive musicality and intense charisma. This combination makes Marijn not only a dream ballet prince, but also a sublime interpreter of the neoclassical and modern ballet repertoire of choreographers like Hans van Manen, George Balanchine and John Neumeier.

When Marijn came to Dutch National Ballet a few years ago as a guest artist, there was no indication that he would join our company on a permanent contract. His decision to move to the Netherlands and join Dutch National Ballet is a great asset to the art of dance in the Netherlands and to Dutch National Ballet in particular”.

Biography Marijn Rademaker

Foto: Roman Novitzky