Posted on May 6, 2011
Dance companies are facing sharp cuts under recommendations by the Dutch Council for Culture. Under these proposals, Nederlands Dans Theater faces a fierce cut of 40–50 per cent, and would be downgraded from an “international” to a “regional” company.
The company has protested against the proposals, pointing to the company’s worldwide reputation and role in creating and nurturing choreographic stars such as Jirí Kylián, Hans Van Manen and Paul Lightfoot and Sol León. You can support NDT’s protest by signing the petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/keepndtalive/.
Dutch National Ballet’s subsidy would be reduced by 26 per cent. Ted Brandsen, the company’s artistic director, points out that this means “threatened decline from a big company to a medium-sized one… We run the risk of no longer being able to properly mount the large-scale productions like Swan Lake, Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty... As regards quality, the Dutch National Ballet is currently one of the leading ballet companies in the world. This position will be lost if the recommendation becomes reality.” The Dutch National Ballet petition is at http://www.het-ballet.nl/steunverklaring/.
Picture: Alexander Zymbrovski and Igone de Jongh of Dutch National Ballet. Photograph: Angela Sterling.