The 2021 jury consists of:
- Tony Adigun – Creative director, curator, urban choreographer, educator and mentor
- Samuel Wuersten – Artistic director Holland Dance Festival
- Lloyd Marengo – Dutch hip-hop pioneer, choreographer, artistic director Lloyds Company and mentor
- Stella van Leeuwen – Programmer theater and dance Lowlands Festival
- Igone de Jongh – Prima ballerina, former principal soloist of the Dutch National Ballet, TV personality
- Mira Helenius Martinsson – Artistic Director of Skånes Dansteater
Samuel Wuersten enjoyed a diversified career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Currently, he is the artistic and executive director of the renowned Holland Dance Festival as well as the artistic director of the Bachelor/Master Dance programs at Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland. Until recently, Samuel was a member of the executive board of Codarts Arts University Rotterdam for many years. He regularly serves as a jury member and consultant to various dance and arts organizations.
Tony Adigun is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, creative director, curator, educator, and mentor. He started his career in the commercial dance industry, where he choreographed and toured with big personalities like: Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole, Paloma Faith, Whitney Houston. Later on, this led him into working for brands and TV roles taking the spot as Creative Director of Sky One’s ‘Got To Dance’. He has also worked with commercial giants such as Cirque Du Soleil, Nike, Adidas, and the BBC and has obtained international success. Currently, he is positioned as Work Place Artist at The Place and at the same time the founder and artistic director of the progressive hip-hop company “Avant Garde Dance”. He has gained respect and admiration from the highest echelons of the dance industry keeping virtuosity, integrity and musicality as his core creative components. Music is his first passion and it is his proficiency in sound that develops into movement and choreography. He continues to challenge audiences and is resolute in his belief that young people of any background can reach the highest level.
Hip-hop choreographer Lloyd Marengo is a true Rotterdammer and a street dancer pur sang. In the 1980s he started dancing at hip hop and R&B parties and performed with various rap acts including E-life. In 1998 he met Tyrone van der Meer and founded the well-known dance group the 010 BBoyz. Together with this successful group, Lloyd Marengo gained national and international fame and became a full-time dancer. Today Lloyd Marengo is a dance teacher and mentor at various dance schools and he works as an independent choreographer. He is also the founder of LloydsCompany, a dynamic and versatile dance company in Rotterdam.
Stella van Leeuwen
Stella van Leeuwen graduated in 1992 as a player / maker of the Mime School at the Academy of Theater and Dance in Amsterdam. She played with various companies and made her own performances. She graduated as a teacher for Mime in 2000. Since 2001 she has been working at the Mime School as a production employee. In addition, she has been programming the theater and dance performances for the Lowlands festival for 12 years. Stella has been on the jury of the Nederlandse Dansdagen VSCD for 5 years.She was consultant and dance programmer for the Zwolse Theaters and initiator and programmer of the dance festival Lift me Up! She is and has been an advisor to the Council for Culture for a number of years.
Igone de Jongh
Prima ballerina Igone de Jongh put an end to her 24-year career with Dutch National Ballet in October 2019 to make a new start as an independent dancer. She trained at the National Ballet Academy and The Royal Ballet School in London and then went through all ranks with Dutch National Ballet in seven years; at the age of 24 she was promoted to principal soloist.
Igone is known for her special performances of the classical ballet repertoire and as the muse of choreographer Hans van Manen. She is the most famous ballerina of her generation in the Netherlands. Since 2015, Igone is also known as a jury member on the SBS6 show Dance Dance Dance. Igone danced many leading roles with the Dutch National Ballet, including Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Odette / Odile (Swan Lake), Giselle (Giselle) and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty).
Mira Helenius Martinsson
Mira Helenius Martinsson born and raised in Finland. She enjoyed a diversified career after graduating as a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering she decided to start dancing professionally. She moved to Härnösand Sweden to start to dance at Norrdans. Mira was the the Artistic Director of Norrdans 2007 – 2018. Since 2019 she is Artistic Director of Skånes Dansteater.
Mira also has been board member of The Royal Swedish Opera 2011 -2018.
Former Jury members
Jan Zoet was the director of the theatre of Rotterdam. Earlier he worked as a producer, playwright and artistic leader for various companies and festivals. He was active in numerous boards, and committees in the cultural sector. Jan Zoet was chairman of the RIDCC jury in 2018 and 2019.
Adolphe Binder was Artistic Director and Intendant of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. She began an artistic process of transformation and combined a rich repertoire of Bausch’s works with new creations. Before that, from 2011-2016 she was Artistic Director of the Gothenburg Danskompani in Sweden, she curated and produced a new profile and fifty world premieres. She is former Artistic and Managing Director of BerlinBallet at Komische Oper and Head Dramaturge at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Over the past 20 years, Adolphe Binder has collaborated with a large number of international artists. She has also worked as Curator and Program Director for theaters as well as international festivals and is a member of various international advisory boards and juries. Adolphe was a member of the jury in 2019.
Peggy Olislaegers is a Rambert’s Artistic Associate since 2015. As one of the leading independent dance dramaturges in Europe, Peggy Olislaegers provides artistic and strategic advice for both choreographers and institutions in the performing arts. From 2010 to 2016 Peggy Olislaegers was the Artistic and General Director of the Dutch Dance Festival /de Nederlandse Dansdagen. Peggy was a member of the jury in 2018.
Ed Wubbe is one of the most versatile Dutch choreographers and has been in the top of Europe for more than twenty years. His pieces are performed by companies all over the world. Wubbe has been artistic director at Sapino Ballet Rotterdam since 1992. Wubbe trained at the Scapino Dance Academy, and started as a choreographer with Nederlands Danstheater, Introdans and Scapino.
Roni Haver is an Israeli choreographer living and working in the Netherlands. Together with Guy Weizman they started their career in the Batsheva Ensemble in Tel Aviv and danced with several companies through Europe. In 2002 they started their own company, Club Guy & Roni in the city of Groningen. Guy & Roni are also regularly invited by other companies for collaborative projects. In 2012 they started the Poetic Disasters Club in Groningen.