Igone de Jongh wins the ‘Gouden Zwaan’, a major dance oeuvre award

Anna Tsygankova wins the ‘Zwaan’ for most impressive dance achievement 2016

On Friday 7 October, Dutch National Ballet received two awards at the presentation of the major Dutch dance awards, the ‘Zwanen’ in Maastricht.

Igone de Jongh, principal with Dutch National Ballet, received the ‘Gouden Zwaan’ for her huge contribution to Dutch dance throughout her splendid dancing career. Another Dutch National Ballet principal, Anna Tsygankova, won the ‘Zwaan’ for ‘most impressive dance achievement 2016’, for the title role in Ted Brandsen’s Mata Hari, created for Dutch National Ballet.

The ‘Zwanen’ awards, which are also referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of Dutch dance, are presented annually by the Dutch Association of Theatres and Concert Halls (VSCD) at the Dutch Dance Festival, in Maastricht.

‘Gouden Zwaan’ – Igone de Jongh
According to the jury, Igone de Jongh, principal with Dutch National Ballet, gives depth and form to the great classics with apparent ease, and her interpretation of the ballets of world-famous choreographer Hans van Manen are equally phenomenal, technically perfect and wonderfully musical. “Igone de Jongh has served our Dutch National Ballet superbly for a long time, a very long time, with passion, engagement, hard work, technical brilliance and unparalleled interpretative skills. And thus she also serves dance in the Netherlands. She is a role model for many and a source of inspiration to ambitious Dutch dancers. She is the epitome of the international quality of our small country”, said the dance jury.

‘Zwaan’ for most impressive dance achievement 2016 – Anna Tsygankova
According to the jury, the Russian prima ballerina Anna Tsygankova enchants everybody as Mata Hari, in Ted Brandsen’s ballet of the same name for Dutch National Ballet. “Little by little, and extremely intelligently, she gradually reveals and portrays her character. With her legendary technique, powerful personality and wonderful presentation, the world-class ballerina Anna Tsygankova portrays her Mata Hari like a new classic”, said the jury.

The ‘Zwanen’
The ‘Zwanen’ awards have been presented since 1983 and are also referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of Dutch dance. The “Zwanen’ aim to honour the achievements of dancers and companies, by bringing them to the attention of a wide public. The award that is presented each year is a beautiful bronze statue made by choreographer and visual artist Toer van Schayk.

VSCD dance jury 2016
The VSCD Dance jury 2016 comprised Anita van Dolen, chair (dance programmer for Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / artistic director of Julidans), Fons Dejong (dance programmer for Theater aan het Vrijthof), Stella van Leeuwen (theatre and dance programmer for Lowlands), Nada Mounzer (NTR editor), Dave Schwab (dance programmer for Rotterdamse Schouwburg), Liesbeth Wildschut (Lecturer in Theatre and Dance Studies, Utrecht University) and Jasper Weck (head of marketing and assistant programmer for Theater de Veste).

Photo: Igone de Jongh, Adagio Hammerklavier (credits: Hans Gerritsen)