Competitions and awards
There is a distinction between competing for a prize through a competition and receiving an award as an honour for services or abilities (oeuvre prize).
Sometimes artists can apply or be invited, and sometimes they have to be nominated:
National dance awards and presentations
Avond van de Jonge Danser
Four dance students present themselves before a jury of experts during this biennial NTR television broadcast. There is no prize attached, but it is an honourable title and a good step on the way to a professional career. The candidates are selected by the choreographer of the Avond van de Jonge Danser. This choreographer selects from a number of students who are chosen by the higher professional education dance schools taking part.
This award is presented every year for the best choreography put on at the Its Festival in Amsterdam. The prize money is intended to assist the further artistic development of the winner.
The Jiří Kylián ring, an initiative of the Nederlandse Dansdagen, was first presented in 2006. This ring, designed by Hans Appenzeller, was presented to Jiří Kylián as a token of appreciation for his unflagging enthusiasm and inspiring and innovative choreographies. Jiří Kylián was asked to pass the ring on eventually to an artist who, like him, is an inspiring and innovative figure in the dance world. Since then it has been passed on to the dancer and improviser Michael Schumacher and the lighting designer Ellen Knops.
- Incentive award: this award is presented every year to a young male or female dancer to encourage his or her talent. Dutch conservatories of music and ballet academies can put forward their best students for a session with Han Ebbelaar.
- Honorary award: for dancers and choreographers.
Prijs van de Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastricht
The Prijs van de Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastricht is intended for exceptional choreographers who have already put on a number of innovative projects in the professional circuit but are not yet in receipt of structural funding. Both choreographers who put on their own productions and choreographers who work for companies are eligible for the award as long as they have been working in the Netherlands for some time. Past award winners include Monique Duurvoort, Joost Vrouenraets and Muhanad Rasheed.
VSCD-Dansprijzen: de Zwanen
The Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors (VSCD) presents several awards for the performing arts that target performances by famous artists and producers that can be seen in many venues. The purpose of the awards is to honour the performing artists themselves, but also to increase the familiarity of the public and the media with the performing arts concerned as a whole.
The Zwaan awards are presented during the Gala van de Nederlandse Dans that takes place every year as part of the Nederlandse Dansdagen. Candidates are selected by the VSCD dance jury.
- Gouden Zwaan, the oeuvre award that is occasionally presented to one or more performing artists who have made a major contribution to the performing arts in the Netherlands
- Zwaan for the best dance production
- Zwaan for the best dance performance
Prix de Lausanne
The Prix de Lausanne is a particularly prestigious international competition for young ballet dancers between the ages of 15 and 18 who are not yet professionals. There are various awards: the Prix de Lausanne scholarship, that gives access to prestigious dance training schools or a period with a leading ballet school; and the Prix de Lausanne Contemporary Dance Prize, which is awarded to the best performance at the finale of a free summer school.
Benois de la danse
The international ballet award Benois de la danse is presented every year to ballet dancers and choreographers who have stood out internationally. Igone de Jongh and Cédric Ignace from Het Nationale Ballet are among previous nominees. The award was created by the International Union of the Workers of Choreography and was first presented in the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow in 1991.
John Kraaijkamp Musical Award
The Musical Awards Foundation was set up in 2000 on the initiative of Joop van den Ende to honour exceptional performances by performing artists in musical productions with a special musical award. For this purpose a gala is organised every year which is also intended to promote the musical in the Netherlands. Nominations are made of persons who have made an exceptional creative or artistic contribution to a musical during a particular season. The John Kraaijkamp Musical Award is a bronze statuette by the sculptor Pépé Gregoire.
The Tekstpierement Foundation intends the award of the Musical Makers Beurs to (contribute to) enable the putting on of new productions and thereby to offer more opportunities to a new generation of musical makers. The MMB is award to a professional, creative talent (or musical collective) that the jury of experienced experts considers can contribute to the further development and performance of original Dutch-language musicals or music theatre.