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Royal Danish Ballet: 2004-2005
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Author:  ksneds [ Tue May 25, 2004 7:06 am ]
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The Royal Danish Ballet's 2004-05 season will start with the annual performance at the Kastellet on August 21st and conclude with the 3rd Bournonville Festival, June 3-11, 2005.

*The Bournonville Festival: June 3-11, 2005
*The opening of the new opera house: Jan. 15, 2005
*The Harald Lander- 100 Years Gala: Feb. 23, 2005

The 2004-2005 Repertory:
-Anna Karenina (Ratmansky)
-The Nutcracker (Ratmansky)
-The Little Mermaid (Neumeier/world premiere)
-Vers un Pays Sage (Maillot)
-The Kings Volunteers on Amager (Bournonville/new production)
-Far From Denmark (Bournonville/revival)
-La Ventana (Bournonville/new production)
-Conservatoriat (Bournonville)
-La Sylphide (Bournonville)
-Abdallah (Bournonville)
-Napoli (Bournonville)
-A Folk Tale (Bournonville)
-The Kermesse in Bruge (Bournonville/new production)
-Etudes (Lander)
-In the Night/Fancy Free (Robbins/company premiere)
-Hansel and Gretel (Isberg)
-Three Companies, Three Works (Petronio/Rushton)

"The Little Mermaid" will be the first RDB production to be performed on one of the new opera house stages. Most RDB performances will still be in the Royal Theatre, but dance performances by other companies, including the Peter Schauffus Ballet and UpperCut Dance Theatre will take place at the opera house.

Besides performances there will also be ballet introductions, which take place on Sunday mornings, for "The Little Mermaid", "In the Night"/"Fancy Free", "La Ventana", "The Kermesse in Bruges" and 'The Kings Volunteers on Amager". Introductions are usually in Danish, though interviews with non-Danish choreographers may be done in English.

During the Bournonville Festival, there will also be an opportunity to see the daily Bournonville classes - presumabley in the form of the videos which are being currently being taped. Showings will be Monday - Saturday at 6pm in the Staerekassen stage. I will post more information on the videos and other Festival activities as it becomes available.

Tickets will be available starting August 9, 2004, and tickets for the Bournonville Festival are available via the Bournonville Festival website. Details about the individual ballets and dates can be found on the Royal Theatre website.

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Author:  ksneds [ Sat May 29, 2004 6:32 am ]
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Exciting news! Kristoffer Sakurai and Nicolai Hansen were promoted to soloist on May 22nd. Many congratulations to them both!!


Author:  Kevin Ng [ Sat May 29, 2004 7:14 am ]
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Thanks for your news, Kate. I remember Sakurai. I saw him dance in the new Peter Martins ballet last autumn.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat May 29, 2004 7:30 am ]
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Thanks a lot from me too for the information Kate.

Here are direct links to more details from the Royal Danish Ballet website about:

Nicolai Hansen


Kristoffer Sakurai

In addition, here is Kate's interview with Kristoffer

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Author:  ksneds [ Tue Jun 08, 2004 9:37 am ]
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Various tidbits relating to RDB dancers...

*The Royal Danish Ballet Soloist & Principals group organized by Peter Bo Bendixen will be dancing with the South African Ballet Theatre from June 24-27. The ballets to be performed includes Konservatoriet, The Little Match Girl (world premiere by RDB corps member Louise Midjord), and the Pas de Six and Tarantella from "Napoli". There will be an opportunity to see rehearsal on June 19, for R 30.00 per person. Click here for more information.

*Kenneth Greve will be dancing with the Royal Ballet on December 28 (matinee), when he makes a guest appearance opposite Zenaida Yanowky in "Swan Lake".

And a little fact...NYCB principal Philip Neal spent time at the Royal Danish Ballet School during his training.


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Author:  ksneds [ Fri Jun 11, 2004 1:23 am ]
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Some news...

Casting has been posted for the 04-05 performances of "Anna Karenina" and "Abdallah".

Nina Ananiashvili will be returning to dance the role of Anna opposite Kenneth Greve on August 27 and September 7. Andrew Bowman and Jean-Lucien Massot are both listed as Vronsky on August 26 and 31 opposite Gitte Lindstrom - the final decision will be made closer to performance date - Massot had been scheduled to dance opposite Lindstrom last season before he was injured. Cavallo & Bowman and Greve & Blangstrup will each do two performances.

In "Abdallah", Kristoffer Sakurai is listed for several performances in the lead role, which may be a role debut. In another TBD, Gudrun Bojeson and Izabella Sokolowska are both listed opposite Sakurai.


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Author:  ileana [ Fri Jun 11, 2004 4:33 am ]
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Does anybody have any details about "The Little Mermaid (Neumeier/world premiere" ??

Author:  ksneds [ Fri Jun 11, 2004 9:16 am ]
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Since it's not set to premiere until April 2005, it probably hasn't been choreographed yet (for Anna Karenina, which premiered in April, rehearsals started in January). So, there's probably not much information to be had.
However, it will mark the first time the ballet will present a full-length work in the new opera house theater (large stage). And it is the ballet's contribution to the Hans Christian Anderson celebration (200 years).

Choreography, set & costumes: John Neumeier
Music: Lera Aurebach
Conductor: Graham Bond

I will post more details as they are made available.


Author:  ksneds [ Fri Jun 11, 2004 9:29 am ]
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A number of RDB dancers will be performing in the Jubilee Gala in Hamburg, which takes place on June 15, 16 and 17:

First Soloists and Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet, Copenhagen
Pas de deux aus "Flower Festival in Genzano"
Music  Holger Simon Paulli
Choreography  August Bournonville

Diana Cuni, Thomas Lund

"Napoli" - Pas de six and Tarantella
Music  Niels W. Gade, Edvard Helsted, Holger Simon Paulli and Hans Christian Lumbye
Choreography  August Bournonville
Libretto  August Bournonville
Costumes Søren Frandsen and Kirsten Lund Nielsen

Gudrun Bojesen, Diana Cuni, Gitte Lindstrøm, Claire Still, Amy Watson, Mads Blangstrup, Andrew Bowman, Morten Eggert, Kenneth Greve, Thomas Lund, Kristoffer Sakurai


Author:  ksneds [ Fri Jun 11, 2004 9:38 am ]
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Another guest appearance by RDB dancers:

Thomas Lund and Gudrun Bojeson will be taking part in the XXI Gala de Etoiles in Paris, September 25-27, 2004.

Author:  ksneds [ Tue Jun 15, 2004 5:30 am ]
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Roster changes at the RDB:

Corps member Martin Joyce has departed, I believe to join the Rambert Dance Company. If the new roster is correct, Ole Just and Julie Strandberg have also departed.

3rd year apprentices Mie Fjelstrup and Louise Østergård, and 2nd year apprentices Ulrik Birkkjær, Mads Eriksen and Alexander Stæger have all joined the corps.

Now third year apprentic Maria Stokholm and second year apprentice Sebastian Kloborg Andersen are joined by new apprentices Agnete Beierholm, Nadia Dahl, Christian Hammeken and Benjamin Nehammer.
Among the character dancers, Tommy Frishoi has left the company and Ib Jeppesen and Ann Kolvig have joined.

Anne Holm Jensen is also now listed as one of the company instructors and Mogens Boesen is now alos listed as a teacher at the school.

Corps members Ditte Teildorf and Charlotte Aamand are now also assistant instructors at the ballet school.

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Author:  Kevin Ng [ Tue Jun 15, 2004 7:09 am ]
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Thanks for all your updates, Kate. When will you be seeing the Royal Danish Ballet again? No doubt you'll be present for their Bournonville Festival next year.

Author:  ksneds [ Tue Jun 15, 2004 9:02 am ]
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As a clarification, Ole Just has not left the Royal Danish Ballet, but has moved into a new role as one of the stage managers.

I hope to be back in Denmark at the end of September-beginning of October, and to catch at least some of the Bournonville Festival. But first, I've got to find a TV & VCR to watch my tape of the Command Performance and see Neumeier ballet that was choreographed for the occasion.


Author:  ksneds [ Wed Jun 16, 2004 2:44 pm ]
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Time to get some discussion going on this thread...I know you're reading!

First of all, please feel free to post appropriate questions about the RDB or RDb dancers - I answer what I know, and we can go from there.

Also, a couple questions to get things rolling:

1) Who is your favorite RDB dancer/ballet? Why?

2) What RDB dancer/ballet have you always wanted to see?

3) With the Bournonville Festival coming up, the 2004-05 season is all about Bournonville. But, as mentioned in my interview with Thomas Lund, 2005-06 will be chance for things besides Bournonville. What would you like to see the company do in 2005-06?


Author:  ksneds [ Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:34 am ]
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There are some fantastic video clips on the Bournonville Festival page, including long collections of clips from " A Folk Tale" and "La Sylphide" as well clips from the Bournonville Festival press conference. Click here, and click on videoclip to see the clips.

The casts are:

"A Folk Tale": Kenneth Greve (Junker Ove), Sascha Haugland (HIlda), Moegens Boesen (Diderik), Kenn Hauge (Viderik), Silja Schandorff (?) (Birthe)

"La Sylphide": Mads Blangstrup (James), Caroline Cavallo (the sylph), Diana Cuni (Effy)

Lastly, it's intriguing that they chose to show two Polish dancers in the clips of the Festival Press Conference, though this might well just be who was available to be filmed at the time.



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