Nikolaj Hübbe rolls up his sleeves
After his 16-year career as one of the world’s top dancers at the New York City Ballet, Nikolaj Hübbe now assumes the role as artistic director of the royal Danish Ballet. 40-year-old Nikolaj Hübbe is to head a ballet company of almost 80 dancers of which many are international. Following his position last year as principal stage director at the Royal Danish Ballet, Nikolaj Hübbe now faces the challenge of his lifetime: to maintain the illustrious classical tradition of the Royal Danish Ballet while adding new energy and setting out new goals. His first season will feature grand classics and time-honoured choreography, although naturally George Balanchine’s ballets have found their way to Hübbe’s repertoire.
Giselle – Hübbe’s first staging as artistic director
One of Nikolaj Hübbe’s visions in his new undertaking is, like a gardener, to nurture the company and shape it with his own hands, which is why he opens the season with a new production of Giselle created in joint collaboration with Sorella Englund, who is a pivotal player within ballet training and education at the Royal Danish Ballet. She has set new standards within character portrayal and her contribution to this production lies in her capacity as character instructor. Read more here
Premiere | Old Stage | 13 Sep – 25 Oct 2008
The Royal Danish Ballet in China
On 3 August, a flight from Copenhagen Airport bound for China will carry the first 50 members of the Royal Danish Ballet, of which 8 are ballet students. Four 40-feet containers will already have been shipped to Beijing where local Chinese on-stage extras can look forward to joining the Royal Danish Ballet in their performances on 9 and 10 August. The Royal Danish Ballet will perform in China on the invitation of the National Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the cultural program coinciding with the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The Royal Danish Ballet is to perform works by Bournonville. The evenings will open with the immortal classic La Sylphide and will close with excerpts of the crown jewel of the Royal Danish Ballet: the Third Act of Napoli.
Premiere: Universe – Copenhagen – New York – Middle East collaboration
9 September 2008 sees the premiere of the youth performance Universe, choreographed by Sean Curran and performed by Danish dance theatre Uppercut Danseteater. The premiere at the Royal Danish Theatre marks a joint collaboration between choreographer Sean Curran from New York, dancers from the dance project in the Copenhagen district of Nordvest, and the Middle East Peace Orchestra, which we are pleased to host. Read more here.
Premiere | The Opera, Takkelloftet | 9 -13 Sep
Revival: Silk & Knife
Dark basement corridors under the Old Stage leads audiences to six very different ballet performances charged with high levels of humour, poetry and virtuosity. Lauded by critics, Jirí Kylián’s Reumert-award-winning performance Silk & Knife drew full houses last season. Now is the chance to experience the Royal Danish Ballet’s encore when the performance is revived on 2 September,
Revival| Old Stage | 2 Sep – 10 Oct 2008
Ballet pupils across Denmark
Auditions have been held at the Royal Danish Theatre Ballet School and the newly approved talent centres in the towns of Aarhus, Hjørring and Sønderborg where high-level ballet training is offered. 18 children have been admitted to the Royal Danish Theatre Ballet School in Copenhagen. Five children have been admitted to each of the theatre’s ballet schools in Odense and Holstebro. In all, 28 new pupils, i.e. 8 boys and 20 girls, have been admitted. At the new talents centres, 7 were admitted in Hjørring, 6 in Sønderborg, and 7 in Aarhus. In all, 20 new pupils were admitted to the talent centres in Jutland, all are girls. With this extensive recruitment program the Royal Danish Theatre Ballet School has succeeded in reaching out to more children who nurture ballet dreams. The Ballet School hopes to establish more such talent centres nationwide.
Talent centres are ballet schools that have been especially approved by the Royal Danish Theatre Ballet School, which means that the schools have been certified as suitable to conduct ballet training until the sixth grade of elementary school and to prepare aspiring pupils for auditions at the Royal Danish Theatre Ballet School in Copenhagen with the aim of becoming members of one of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies. The Royal Danish Theatre Ballet School offers boarding for admitted ballet pupils at the Dronning Margrethe Kollegiet. This year, five new pupils were admitted to the boarding school facility.