Natalia Makarova has devolved the presidental jury chair on Hans van Manen
Legendary ballerina Natalia Makarova was not only the founder of DANCE OPEN ballet festival, but since the establishment of DANCE OPEN Award she had been the Chairman of the International Jury. This year the chairmanship would be deputed to Hans van Manen no less legendary by the way.
It befalls that the life circumstances contrary to our wishes change our plans. Natalia Romanovna is still our guru, our good genius, our guiding star. But this year, unfortunately, she can’t come to St. Petersburg in April.
Hans van Manen is more than just an outstanding up-to-day choreographer. In a manner he represents a contemporary choreography as a self-determined art form, as well as a distinct vector of development of creativity. His authority in the world of choreography is absolute. Last year, He was the honored guest of DANCE OPEN and a member of the International Jury.Festival is grateful to the Maitre for agreeing to chair the panel of the Jury this year.
Natalia Romanova, for her part, supported this choice: "This is a very good solution, because he is respected by the whole dance world.I wish every success to DANCE OPEN and please remember that I’m wholeheartedly with you".
Thank you, dear Natalia Romanovna!