Paul Bronkhorst, director of Omscholing Dansers Nederland, received the Jiří Kylián Ring on january 24th. He was awarded the passing prize for inspiration and innovation in the dance world by choreographer Marco Goecke during the opening of the Holland Dance Festival.

For almost 40 years, Paul Bronkhorst has been associated with Career Transition for Dancers Netherlands (CTDN), which supports dancers with resources and advice for a successful transition to a new career. A dancer’s career is intense and short.

Bronkhorst was also a co-founder and chairman of the IOTPD (International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers). In this role, he has also placed career transition on the international agenda and shaped it.

The Jiří Kylián Ring is a joint initiative of the former director of the Dutch Dance Days Leontien Wiering and the artistic director of the Holland Dance Festival Samuel Wuersten. They established the award in 2006 out of admiration for Kylián’s mastery. Jiří Kylián was asked to eventually pass on the ring to an artist who, like him, is an inspirer and innovator in the dance world.


The design of the Ring is by Hans Appenzeller and consists of a set of 14 rings, one for each letter of the award. The rings are on a ring size gauge and increase in size. The recipient can choose a fitting ring and keep it when passing on the prize. The winner also receives a financial boost of five thousand euros from the Kylián Foundation.


Article from Joke Beeckmans for Theaterkrant

Foto: Sjoerd Derine


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