Bournonville, Auguste

Bournonville, Auguste

Bournonville, Auguste (ōgüstˈ bo͞ornôNvēlˈ), 1805–79, Danish dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Bournonville studied in Copenhagen with his father Antoine, the ballet master, and in Paris with Auguste Vestris. He joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 1828. As soloist and, after 1848, as choreographer of more than 60 works, he developed a distinctive romantic style and precision of technique. His surviving dance works include a version of La Sylphide and The Dancing School.


See K. Ravlow, ed., The Bournonville School (1979).

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Bournonville, Auguste


Born Aug. 21, 1805, in Copenhagen; died there Nov. 30, 1879. Danish ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

In 1820, Bournonville perfected his dancing in Paris under the choreographer A. Vestris. He performed with the ballerina M. Taglioni. From 1830 to 1848 he was soloist, choreographer, and teacher with the Danish Royal Ballet; from 1861 to 1864 he was principal choreographer and teacher at the Royal Opera Theater in Stockholm. Bournonville was a talented lyrical dancer; he staged more than 50 ballets. About 15 of them are still in the repertoire of the Danish Ballet. Among them are La Sylphide by Løvenskiold (1836), Napoli by Paulli, Helsted, Gade, and Lumbye (1842), and Far From Denmark by Gläser (1860). Bournonville gave Danish ballet a national flavor, made use of national dance folklore in his productions, and introduced the national dances of other countries. An outstanding teacher, he created a system of choreographic instruction.


Mit teaterliv, vols. 1-3. Copenhagen, 1848-78.
Det kongelige danske theater. Copenhagen, 1849.


Klassiki khoreografii. Leningrad-Moscow, 1937.
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