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The winners of The Swans are

This year's Swans, the annual ‘Oscars’ of the Dutch dance world, were awarded during the Dutch Dance Festival Gala in Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht. Ed Wubbe, artistic director of Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, received the Golden Swan for his contribution to the Dutch dance with his succesful career. The Swan for the ‘most impressive production’ went to Midnight Raga by Nederlands Dans Theater (choreography Marco Goecke) and the Swan for the ‘most impressive dance achievement’ went to Imre van Opstal for her part in Salt Womb by Nederlands Dans Theater (choreography Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar). Traditionally, the dance awards of the VSCD, the association of metropolitan theatres and concert halls, are an important element of the Dutch Dance Festival.