Dec 192013


When did you start dan­cing?
My soc­cer coach told me I was a bal­let dan­cer on the field. So accord­ing to him around 6; but with actual dan­cing, amateur-wise, at the age of 8.

Why did you start dan­cing?
Because I enjoyed it. Music moved me a lot as a child and I was always dan­cing around in our liv­ing room at home. One day my mom asked me if I would like to go to dance class. But no, I thought that was for girls. After a while she asked me again and then I gave in. Thank god 

Which dan­cer inspired you most as a child?
I know it’s bor­ing, but it was Nureyev (for instance in his adagio Swan Lake solo), and Bary­sh­nikov in Balanchine’s Theme and Vari­ations, and other pieces of course.

Which dan­cer do you most admire?
A dan­cer who is com­mit­ted to dan­cing, who respects the style of a bal­let or cho­reo­grapher, who doesn’t give up and works his ass off and cares about the art of dan­cing, the qual­ity and not the quantity.

What’s your favour­ite role?
Armand Duval in Neumeier’s Lady of the Camel­lias, Romeo in Cranko’s and Iago in Neumeier’s Oth­ello.

What role have you never played but would like to?
Le jeune Homme in ’s , and .

What’s your favour­ite bal­let to watch?
I really don’t know. It’s really hard to watch bal­let for me  I really enjoyed ’s . Most Cranko bal­lets, because they are so easy to read and beautiful.

Marijn Rademaker with Sue Jin Kang and Marcia Haydée, Shanghai, Lady of the Camellias - With Sue Jin Kang and Marcia Haydee in Shanghai rehearsing Lady of the Camellias -  photo by Patricio Melo

Mar­ijn Rade­maker with Sue Jin Kang and in Shang­hai rehears­ing Lady of the Camel­lias -
photo by Patri­cio Melo

Who is your favour­ite cho­reo­grapher?
Cranko, Neumeier, Goecke, McGregor, van Manen.

Who is your favour­ite writer?
I don’t read 

Who is your favour­ite actor?
Ryan Gos­ling, Anthony Hop­kins, Meryl Streep.

Who is your favour­ite singer?
Birdy, Queen.

What is your favour­ite book?
Stieg Larssons Mil­len­nium books

What is your favour­ite film?
The Place Bey­ond the Pines, The Note­book, Legends of the Fall.

Which is your favour­ite city?
Ams­ter­dam, Bangkok.

What do you like most about your­self?
Are you really going to ask me that ques­tion?… That I work hard.

What do you dis­like about your­self?
That I take myself way too ser­i­ous sometimes.

What was your proudest moment?
Dan­cing in the music theatre in Ams­ter­dam for the first time with .

When and where were you hap­pi­est?
This is an impossible ques­tion  I have been happy in many moments of my life. On stage, after a show or dur­ing, or in the sum­mer break look­ing down from a 2,700m moun­tain. I don’t know which one was the happiest.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I think it’s move­ment and great music combined.

What is your greatest fear?
To die real­iz­ing I was a cow­ard my whole life.

What do you con­sider your greatest achieve­ment?
Turn­ing 2 pirouettes 

What is your most treas­ured pos­ses­sion?
After my Pier­rot Lun­aire première Glen Tet­ley wrote me a let­ter, and that let­ter ended with the words, “To our next adven­ture together’! And then he passed away. So I really treas­ure that letter.

Marijn Rademaker in class

Mar­ijn Rade­maker in class

What do you con­sider the most over­rated vir­tue?
My grand­mother had so many vir­tues. She was kind to all, didn’t judge, helped every­body, was extremely dis­cip­lined and you could trust her a 100 per­cent. She was amaz­ing. I wish I could ask her, how that was for her. To be so truth­fully nice to all. Did she loose her­self a little by doing that?

I don’t know..

On what occa­sion do you lie?
I’m not gonna tell 

If you hadn’t been a dan­cer what would you have liked to be?
Soc­cer player, violin or piano player. As a kid I wanted to be a baker of bread because it always smelled so great in the bakery, or a bus driver because I thought the big steer­ing wheel and all the but­tons were so cool  Not any­more though….

What qual­ity do you most value in a friend?
Hon­esty, hav­ing fun together.

What qual­ity do you most value in a col­league?
Being professional.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most admire?
Our little Geor­gette Tsin­guirides! She is the choreo­lo­gist in Stut­tgart and was dan­cing in Stut­tgart even before Cranko came as a dir­ector. She now sets his all his bal­lets with us and all over the world. She is over 80 years old, wear­ing a bal­let tricot with grace and always looks amaz­ing, I am cur­rently learn­ing the role of Petruchio in Cranko’s Tam­ing of the Shrew and I am work­ing with her a lot. It’s aston­ish­ing to see what she does in the stu­dio (where she is the whole day every day). She knows ALL the steps by heart, all the counts and can play every char­ac­ter in the bal­let. And not just hint to what the char­ac­ter should be, no, she IS that char­ac­ter. She even does the dif­fi­cult Cranko lifts in Tam­ing……!!! But the most amaz­ing thing about her is, that she knows what Cranko would have wanted and she passes that on to us with the highest respect for it.

Wayne McGregor: I just have a lot of respect for him. He knows pre­cisely what he is doing. There is no non­sense. He comes in the stu­dio, and he wants to work. And he does. So we do too Smile He’s highly cre­at­ive and ima­gin­at­ive, extremely pro­fes­sional, always cre­at­ing some­thing great. And he is a very kind and very funny per­son on top of that. Just lots of respect.

What do you most dis­like?

What tal­ent would you most like to have?
I would love to be extremely, highly intel­li­gent. (not that I’m all that dumb, but still…)

What’s your idea of per­fect hap­pi­ness?
It changes all the time. I think hap­pi­ness is over­rated. I don’t expect too much of the idea “hap­pi­ness”. I think these are short moments and I cher­ish them when they come by.

How would you like to die?
Quietly, with no pain.

What is your motto?
Don’t have one.

Mar­ijn Rade­maker — a biography

Mar­ijn Rade­maker was born in Nijme­gen, Neth­er­lands. He star­ted his bal­let train­ing in Nijme­gen and then went to the National Bal­let Academy in Ams­ter­dam (1991–1992). After­wards he was trained at the Arnheim Insti­tute for the Arts (1992–96) and com­pleted his stud­ies at the Royal Con­ser­vat­ory in Den Haag in 2000. In 1998 and 1999 Mar­ijn Rade­maker took part in a bal­let com­pet­i­tion of the “Young Dan­cer” found­a­tion of Alex­an­dra Radius and Han Ebbe­laar where he won the Grace Prize in 1999.

In 2000/2001, Mar­ijn Rade­maker became a mem­ber of the Stut­tgart Ballet’s Corps de bal­let. At the begin­ning of the sea­son 2004/05 he was pro­moted to Demi Soloist. At the begin­ning of the sea­son 2006/07 he was sup­posed to be pro­moted to Soloist but after his highly suc­cess­ful debut as Armand in The Lady of the Camel­lias () in July 2006, Reid Ander­son pro­moted him imme­di­ately to Prin­cipal Dan­cer after the performance.

Marco Goecke cre­ated the Solo Äffi for Mar­ijn Rade­maker, which he danced for the first time at a Gala in Arnheim. For this solo he was named “Young Dan­cer to watch” in the crit­ics’ choice of the magazine bal­let­tanz 2005. In 2008 he was named sev­eral times in the cat­egory „Out­stand­ing Dan­cer“ in bal­let­tanz, above all for his cap­tiv­at­ing per­form­ance of Jago in John Neumeier’s Oth­ello. Just one year later he was named again twice in the cat­egory “Best Dan­cer”. In Novem­ber 2006 he won the Ger­man Theatre Prize “Der Faust” in the cat­egory “Best Per­former Dance” which has then been awar­ded for the first time. Only one year later he received the hon­or­able Ger­man Dance Prize “Future” 2009. In July 2009 he was awar­ded the inter­na­tional dance prize “Pre­mio ApuliArte”.

Mar­ijn Rade­maker joined the Stut­tgart Bal­let on tours all around the world. In addi­tion to that he receives invit­a­tions to inter­na­tional galas and guest per­form­ances. In May 2007 John Neumeier invited him to dance the role of Armand Duval in his The Lady of the Camel­lias together with the Ham­burg Bal­let and Sue Jin Kang as Mar­guer­ite Gau­tier. At the 34th Nijinski-Gala in the course of the “Ham­burg Bal­let Days 2008” he danced excerpts as Tadzio in John Neumei­ers Death in Venice together with Lloyd Rig­gins as Aschen­bach. In the sea­son 2008/09 he per­formed the title role in Heinz Spoerli’s Peer Gynt as a guest with the Zurcher Bal­let which has also been recor­ded for tele­vi­sion and a DVD-production. In Janu­ary 2011 Mar­ijn Rade­maker was guest­ing at Het Nationale Bal­let Ams­ter­dam where he danced in The Sleep­ing Beauty (Sir Peter Wright nach Marius Petipa) together with Maia Makhateli. Since the sea­son 2011/12 he is dan­cing as a per­man­ent guest with Het Nationale Bal­let Amsterdam.

For the Noverre-Society’s “Young Cho­reo­graph­ers” Mar­ijn Rade­maker cre­ated his first own cho­reo­graphy in May 2012: the Solo Odium? was danced by Stut­tgart Ballet’s dan­cer Robert Robinson.


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