Toer Van Schayk is a choreographer and visual artist. He studied sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, followed by advanced studies in visual arts at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp. During his sixty-year career at the Dutch National Ballet, he has been a celebrated dancer, scenic designer and choreographer, creating 56 ballets for the company, including 7e Symphony for which he won the VSCD choreography prize in 1987. In 2012 he received the Zilveren Penning from the city of Amsterdam and the Benois de la Danse Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016 he was named an Officer in the Orde van Orange-Nassau.