Designer, author and historian Keso Dekker has numerous activities in the fields of art, fashion, design and dance to his credit. He designed sets and costumes for over six hundred theatre productions by dance and ballet companies worldwide. He received several awards, including the European Dance Award for his designs for Massines Choreartium (Berlin, 2014); he was named ‘God of Lycra’ by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In the Netherlands, he has worked with Nederlands Dans Theater, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Introdans and Dutch National Ballet, among others. His close relationship with Hans van Manen plays a central role; their collaboration dates back to 1978. In addition, Dekker has been creating set and costume designs for choreographer Alexei Ratmansky since 2012, when he designed all the ballets of the Dutch National Ballet’s Present/s programme.