About the Hans van Manen Foundation


The Hans van Manen Foundation was established to fulfil a need to safeguard Dutch cultural heritage and, in particular, to manage, monitor and disseminate Hans van Manen’s choreographic work. We hope to achieve this by archiving, managing and preserving his various choreographies. Our aim is to ensure widespread dissemination of Hans van Manen's works – including video footage and technical specifications. We hope to encourage and facilitate research into this particular art form and time period.


Dutch heritage

Hans van Manen’s choreographic work is considered to be an integral part of Dutch culture, which is why we feel it is so important to archive, manage and preserve these pieces.


Professional management and dissemination of Van Manen’s works

Companies who are interested in performing one of Van Manen’s choreographies will be closely supervised to ensure the meaning of the piece has been interpreted correctly. To this end, the foundation will ensure rehearsal staff are properly trained so that they are able to supervise this process of artistic collaboration with respect to set, costume and lighting design. Furthermore, the foundation’s goal is to keep Hans van Manen’s choreographic works alive and bring them to the notice of audiences all over the world.



We hope to join forces with educational institutions to help the audience become acquainted with Hans van Manen's work, either through workshops or other types of training sessions. In addition to training dancers and talented, young dance students, we will also be looking to train journalists so that they have the knowledge required to write reviews about these performances. 



Each choreography created during the time frame 1960 to 2017, characterises a particular period. It is important that all of these pieces, which involve multiple disciplines, are archived together in a logical and coherent manner. What is more, Van Manen’s pieces have inspired many other professional fields besides set, costume and lighting design. For instance, he is known to have sparked the creativity of many writers. 
This is why the foundation is keen to encourage research into how these different disciplines interacted in this period. 

Hans van Manen
Photo: Erwin Olaf


  • Chairman: Ted Brandsen
  • Vice-chairman: Henk van Dijk
  • Treasurer: Rien Meppelink
  • Secretary: Oscar Hammerstein
    The board members have been jointly authorised to represent the foundation.

At least one of the board members must be an internal director and therefore invested in the daily operations of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.



The legal structure chosen for the Hans van Manen Foundation is that of a ‘stichting’. The Hans van Manen Foundation is registered with the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam under the following number: 82388040. RSIN: 862448062. The foundation has filed for ANBI status.