Royal Danish Ballet

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Royal Danish Ballet,

one of the oldest major ballet companies, established at the opening of Denmark's Royal Theater in Copenhagen in 1748. Its ballet school, which trains the group's dancers, has also operated since the 18th cent. The company was developed over the centuries by three great masters. The first, Vincenzo Galeotti (1733–1816), who brought an international repertoire from Italy and France, led the company from 1775 until his death. One of his works, Amors og Balletmastererns Luner [the whims of Cupid and the ballet master] (1786), is the world's oldest ballet retaining its original choreography. The next great leader was Auguste BournonvilleBournonville, Auguste
, 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.
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, who directed the company for 51 years (1828–79). The more than 50 ballets he created included many parts intended to show off his own brilliant dancing, and these later became vehicles to establish and display the excellence of Danish male dancing in general. The works of Bournonville remain the backbone of the group and a number of his ballets continue to be performed by today's company. After his death the Danish Ballet declined until 1932, when Harald Lander returned from studying dance in the Soviet Union and the United States to become the company's artistic director (1932–51). He trained many fine dancers, including Erik BruhnBruhn, Erik
, 1929–86, Danish ballet dancer, b. Copenhagen. Bruhn joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 1947 and became a soloist there in 1949. He was widely regarded as one of the world's foremost dancers, combining dramatic flair with a subtle precision of style.
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. Lander also choreographed many ballets for the company, adapted others that reflected contemporary trends, and promoted the group's tours abroad. Since the end of World War II the troupe has performed many more works by internationally known choreographers, e.g., Balanchine, Ashton and Cranko, and since the 1960s it has toured widely.


See studies by S. Kragh-Jacobsen (1955 and 1965).

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Principal and soloist dancers from the Bauerisches Staatsballet, the English National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Wiesbaden State Theatre, the Aalto Ballet Theatre Essen will also take part.
Located in Langelinie and unveiled in 1913, the statue was gifted to the City of Copenhagen by Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen after he fell in love with the fairy-tale character by Hans Christian Anderson whilst watching the Royal Danish ballet interpretation of the tale.
With former Royal Danish Ballet artistic director Frank Andersen at the helm, Napoli will offer a rare glimpse at the nuanced Bournonville style so rarely seen in the U.S.
The Covent Garden Dance Company theatre performance will feature principals and soloists from The Royal Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The English National Ballet, among others.
Neumeier created The Little Mermaid for the Royal Danish Ballet in 2005 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Andersen's birth.
He first staged Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1955, when his original Juliet was the mum of Peter Schaufuss.
At 17, Tim moved to London to study at the Royal Ballet Upper School and then danced with a number of companies in Europe before joining the Royal Danish Ballet where he began his career as a choreographer and decided to hang up his dancing shoes.
Fue solista invitado en el Royal Ballet de Londres, en el Bolshoi de Moscu, en el Ballet Kirov de San Petersburgo, en el Ballet de la Opera de Paris, en la Scala de Milan, en la Zarzuela de Madrid y en el Royal Danish Ballet de Dinamarca, entre otros.
Those not interested in shopping at its Christmas market can enjoy the skating rink, visits from Santa, the 20 or so fairground rides or a production of The Nutcracker by the Royal Danish Ballet.
His book on the Royal Danish Ballet will be published in autumn 2005 by the University Press of Florida.
Matsui, from Tokyo and a student at the Mika Sasaki Academy, is hoping for a one-year apprenticeship at the Royal Danish Ballet.
His year so far has included several projects: choreographing Indigo for his March 4 debut at the Houston Ballet; preparing a pas de deux for the Erik Bruhn Competition in Toronto; setting another work, Ander, for the Royal Danish Ballet; reviving his 1996 San Francisco commission, Maninyas, for the Singapore Dance Theatre; making a dance called X for his home company; and rehearsing his full-length version of Puccini's Madame Butterfly for an engagement at the City Center in New York City in October.