“Just over forty years old, director Jetse Batelaan has become established on the international scene as a singular and innovative artist, with a strong and recognizable highly personal approach to theatre. Presenting works of powerful visual impact, Batelaan reinterprets contemporary myths, creating a kind of magic on the stage that seduces even the most sceptical of spectators. Thanks to his masterful use of theatrical conventions, the Dutch director, who chooses to address his works primarily to audiences of adolescents and children, succeeds in involving people of all ages, a characteristic that is intrinsic to great popular theatre. With Batelaan, theatre for children, which is often mistakenly considered to be second-class or in a category below ‘official’ theatre, reclaims the importance it deserves and which has been acknowledged in the past, as the history of the Biennale Theatre demonstrates”, aldus de motivatie.
De Zilveren Leeuw is een prijs van de Biënnale voor jong talent in de wereld van de podiumkunsten. Terwijl de Gouden Leeuw levenslange artistieke verdienste beloont, is de Zilveren Leeuw een erkenning voor de artiesten van de volgende generaties. Als eerste Nederlander prijkt nu ook Jetses naam in de lijst van laureaten. Wij zijn trots op Jetse!