"Copenhagen" tag
J'aime Crandall in Raymonda.© Henrik Stenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Raymonda – Copenhagen

★★★✰✰   All up, I think this production demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of “Raymonda” as a ballet. It certainly is a fabulous looking (and listening) calling card which might tour well…

Kizzy Matiakis (Merteuil), Jon Axel Fransson (Valmont) and Andreas Kaas (Danceny) in Dangerous Liaisons.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Dangerous Liaisons (premiere) – Copenhagen

★★★★✰   …I was again struck by just how effortlessly a story can be communicated and emotions laid bare by ballet – it was a triumph.

Royal Danish Ballet in Kim Brandstrup's Shaken Mirror.© Per Morten Abrahamsen. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Shaken Mirror (Brandstrup premiere) – Copenhagen

★★★✰✰   Seeing the premiere of Kim Brandstrup’s Shaken Mirror in Copenhagen proved both an uplifting and a frustrating experience.

Kim Brandstrup.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Kim Brandstrup – Choreographer

It’s a busy time for Kim Brandstrup with premieres at Rambert, New York City Ballet and, later in spring, a full-evening work for Royal Danish Ballet. Jann Parry interviews one of the most thoughtful and reflective of choreographers…

Cedric Lambrette, Benjamin Buza, Alexandra Lo Sardo and Alban Lendorf in Manon.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Manon – Copenhagen

The Royal Danish Ballet’s production of Manon is a rather different affair from the Covent Garden original which I fled from sometime in the 1990s and have never revisited….

Ida Praetorius, Christina Michanek and Amalie Adrian in Act 3 of Napoli.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Napoli – Copenhagen

Most of this run of performances was sold out, or very nearly so, so the Copenhagen audience evidently appreciates what Hubbe is doing. To me, though, this latest revision of Napoli felt like a step too far…

Femke Mølbach Slot as Kate and Gregory Dean as Hank in Come Fly Away.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet & School – Come Fly Away, The Fable Maker – Copenhagen

…assuming that the company acquired Come Fly Away in the hopes of selling a lot of tickets and bringing in new audiences, it’s been a terrific success: the whole run is sold out …and I imagine that the standing ovation the night I was there is repeated every time.

Ida Praetorius as Eleonore in Kermessen in Bruges, with Louise Ostergaard, Josee Bowman and Fernando Mora.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version) cr Kermessen

Royal Danish Ballet – La Ventana, Kermesse in Bruges – Copenhagen

In fact delight was the keynote of the whole evening …I was very happy to see the whole company reclaiming their ‘joy in dancing’, the Bournonville essence which is fundamentally what keeps these old ballets alive.

Cathy Marston.© Philipp Zinniker. (Click image for larger version)

Cathy Marston – Choreographer and Company Director

5 Questions for Cathy Marston as she and Bern Ballett, the company she directs, prepare to show their latest work, Witch-hunt, at London’s Royal Opera House…

The Royal Danish Ballet in Jose Limon's The Unsung.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Dans2Go: Chroma, Unsung, Kingdom of the Shades – Copenhagen

The Royal Danish Ballet’s Dans2Go, year 3. As previously, the aim is to give newcomers a taste of different types of dance, at low prices…

The Shades in La Bayadere.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – La Bayadere – Copenhagen

So far as I know, no major company has ever before attempted a time-shifted Bayadère, so Hübbe had the whole of history to pick from. He chose the later years of the British Raj…

Thomas Lund as Tsar Dodon in The Golden Cockerel.© Per Morten Abrahamson. (Click image for larger version)

Danish Royal Ballet – The Golden Cockerel – Copenhagen

…cut down to a single act and shown as part of a properly-balanced double or triple bill it could work beautifully, rather than sending me home feeling hungry.

Special programme cover - Thomas Lund and Gudrun Bojesen in La Sylphide.© Huset Mydtskov. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Thomas Lund’s farewell: The Lesson/La Sylphide – Copenhagen

Several times during the evening I wondered how much anyone who happened never to have seen Lund before would have understood about him from this performance. They would have learnt about his peerless Bournonville technique, and about his ability to get under the skin of the character he’s playing…

Gudrun Bojesen as Marguerite in Lady of the Camellias. © Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Lady of the Camellias – Copenhagen

It’s said that for financial reasons there will be no more performances of Lady of the Camellias here after this run – that would be a little tragedy of its own: these dancers deserve the chance to grow in their roles and their audience deserves the opportunity to see them do it. Let’s hope some way will be found to make it happen.

Royal Danish Ballet – ‘Ballet for Beginners’ Dans2Go bill – Copenhagen

One of the posters for the Royal Danish Ballet’s Dans2Go programme, now in its second year, describes it as ‘Ballet for Beginners’: it’s intended primarily as a taster evening to show new audiences what ballet can do, via three short pieces covering the widest possible range. All tickets cost 150 kroner – about £17 – or half that for under-25s or students, so it’s not surprising that every performance sells out…

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