Brand new productions of La Ventana (Gudrun Bojesen) and Kermessen i Bruges (Ib Anderson) premiere on Tuesday.http://kglteater.dk/det-sker/forestilli ... n-i-brugge
Judging from the press images, Bojeson is taking the La Ventana in a different direction from the previous production which debuted prior to the 2005 Bournonville Festival. The cast is mostly experienced dancers - Diana Cuni, Amy Watson, Alexander Stæger and Marcin Kupiñski.
Kermessen has traditionally been a ballet with which to launch careers - many a young corps dancer or soloist has been promoted shortly after their debut in Kermessen. The casting for this year largely falls within that tradition - in the first cast, it is Alban Lendorf & Ida Praetorius in the lead roles. Lendorf, though perfectly suited to the role, could perhaps be seen as 'too established' to be making a debut as Carelis. Yet Lendorf's quick rise in the ranks has taken place between productions of Kermessen, and it would have been a real shame if he had been denied a role that is such a natural fit. As to Praetorius - one can only hope this foreshadows a rise in rank. Having won acclaim from many critics and the Erik Bruhn Prize, it is curious that Praetorius has net been promoted - I do hope it is only a matter of economics.
The second cast features the company's other recent Erik Bruhn Prize winner, Andreas Kaas, partnered by another corps member, Stephanie Chen Gundorph. Kaas is presumably prime for a promotion (as I hope is Jon Axel Fransson, a Erik Bruhn Prize competitor who is the first cast Geert), and Gundorph is one of the fast rising crop of new corps dancers.
Based on birth dates, this should be the final season for both Tina Højlund and Julien Ringdahl. Ringdahl has struggled with injuries in the latter years of his career, but will be much missed. Trained at the RDB, he danced with the NYCB for a number of years before returning to the RDB. In Copenhagen he's been a dependable dancer who has been featured in a number of soloist roles - he made my 'superman' list after dancing in all three ballets on a post-Christmas matinee, including Fancy Free and Etudes.
I do hope that Højlund is not leaving after this season, as she's not cast to dance in either of these ballets (unless in a corps role), and it would be a shame for such a wonderful dancer to leave without a special role.