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New Managing Director at Nederlands Dans Theater

24 May 2011

Robert van Leer has been appointed the new Managing Director of Nederlands Dans Theater. He will succeed Jet de Ranitz who took up a new appointment as President of the Executive Board of the Amsterdam School of the Arts effective 1 April 2011.


Robert van Leer (age 47) has Dutch nationality, but spent most of his childhood in the United States.


Van Leer has acquired extensive experience in the international world of art and culture. He has held a number of corporate and management positions during his career spanning nearly twenty years, including a position at the world-famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.
He has served as Head of Music & Arts Projects at The Barbican Centre in London since 1996. Under his leadership, The Barbican has succeeded in presenting concerts by internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and in securing funding from the Arts Council England. This funding made it possible for The Barbican to set up BLAZE, a large international summer festival held in East London. The third edition of this event will be presented this summer.


Johan van der Werf, Acting Chairman of the Supervisory Board, on the appointment of the new Managing Director: ???The appointment of Robert van Leer provides Nederlands Dans Theater with a commercial leader who brings a wealth of international experience in managing leading institutions. Robert???s keen understanding of the arts and strong passion for modern dance will enable him to make a key contribution to ensuring that our company continues to present top performances.???
Van Leer on his new position: ???It is an honour to have the opportunity to be a part of Nederlands Dans Theater, which is internationally recognised as one of the world???s leading modern dance companies.
The company works at the highest artistic level with tremendous dedication. It not only excels in the field of modern dance, but also in other artistic fields such as music, theatre, set, costume and lighting design and video art. The company consequently plays an instrumental role in the ongoing development of the world of dance and art and culture
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