Today, the Association of Theater and Concert Hall Directors (VSCD) and the Dutch Dance Days (NDD) have announced the nominees for the VSCD Dance Awards, the Swans. The winners will be announced on 4 October at the Gala of the Dutch Dance Festival in Maastricht.

We proudly announce that both NDT guest choreographers and a NDT dancer are nominated for the VSCD Dance Awards!

NDT guest choreographers and (former) dancers Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal are nominated for a ‘Swan for the most impressive dance production" with their NDT 1 creation Take Root. NDT 1 dancer Chloé Albaret has been nominated for a ‘Swan for the most impressive dance performance’ for her role in Sol León & Paul Lightfoots Start to Finish.

The jury
The VSCD dance jury 2018 consists of jury chairman Rob van Steen (director Theaters Tilburg), Judith Blankenberg (programmer Grand Theater Groningen), Iselle Claassens (programmer, Parktheater Eindhoven), Brigitte De Goeij (De Goeij Culture and Affairs), Swantje Schäuble (dancer), Leo Spreksel (artistic director), Violien Vocks (programmer, Parkstad Limburg Theaters), Jasper Weck (programmer Theater de Veste) and Liesbeth Wildschut (lecturer Utrecht University).

The Swans
The VSCD Dance Prizes have been awarded since 1983 and have been called the 'Oscars' of Dutch dance. Their aim is to honor the performances of dancers and companies by bringing them to the attention of a large audience. The annually awarded prize is a beautiful bronze statue made by choreographer and visual artist Toer van Schayk.

Start to Finish - Sol León & Paul Lightfoot