It has been a sad week for the ballet world, with the announcement that choreographer and former Artistic Director of the Het National Ballet, Rudi van Dantzig has passed away, age 78.
van Dantzig lost his battle with cancer in the morning of Thursday 19th January 2012.
A talented choreographer whom delved into issues such as environmentalism and homosexuality within his works, he was also a writer - his most famous literary work "The Lost Soldier" (1986). The English translation to the autobiographical novel was released in 1996 and there was also a film created based on the work.
He will be greatly missed.