Fonds - Henny Jurriens fonds

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Henny Jurriens fonds

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  • 1978-1993 (Creation)
    Jurriens, Henny

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13 cm textual material + 9 photographs + 6 audio-cassettes +2 VHS +1 U-Matic.

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Henny Jurriens was born in Arhem, The Netherlands on February 21, 1949. He began his dance training in Arhem at the age of nine. He entered the Academy of Dance in Arnhem in 1963. Three years later, he was invited to join the Norwegian Opera Ballet. He became a soloist in 1968 and was promoted to principal dancer the following year. In 1970 he returned to his home country to join the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam as a soloist. He was promoted to principal dancer in 1973. In 1980, he served as a Ballet Master and Coordinator in dance school affairs while still dancing with the Dutch National Ballet and was appointed the Assistant to the Artistic Director Rudi van Dantzig in 1985. He received the Dutch Dancers Lifetime Achievement Award in 1983 as well as the Knight of Achievement Award.
Henny first danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a guest artist in 1982, and continued to return as a guest until he joined the company as a principal dancer in 1987. He became the Artistic Director on June 1, 1988. He and his wife Judy were killed in a car accident on April 9, 1989. Their young daughter, Isa, survived and returned to Europe with family. The Henny Jurriëns Foundation (HJS) in Amsterdam was established in 1995 in order to provide open training for professional-level dancers.

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The records of Henny Jurriens came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as transfers of records from the Company and the Alumni Association.

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The Henny Jurriens fonds includes the following series: biographical information; RWB principal dancer (1987-1988); Dancers For Life (1988); RWB artistic director (1987-1989); death (1989); Henny and Judy Jurriens Choreographic Fellowship Fund; student essay (1993); photographs (1982-1989); audio cassettes (1989); moving images (1988-1989); and The Henny Jurriens Foundation.

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No restrictions on access. Access to some sound recordings and moving images may be restricted for preservation reasons due to the age and fragility of the original storage media.

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The responsibility for conforming with copyright, libel and privacy legislation lies with the researcher.

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See also the Winnipeg House programmes and souvenir programmes and annual reports for other material pertaining to Henny Jurriens.

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