Royal Danish Ballet
Debra Craine at Sadler's Wells
VISITS by the Royal Danish Ballet are rare. The last time the company was in London was a decade ago, and the last time the Danes performed Bournonville in London was in 1974. So it’s a happy occasion that a group of dancers from Copenhagen has come to Sadler’s Wells this week to celebrate their great 19th-century choreographer.
Unfortunately we aren’t getting the entire Royal Danish Ballet, only 19 of its principals and soloists; and we aren’t getting the entire ballets, only excerpts. So the focus here is on style rather than content. But what style. Such lightness and grace, such elegance of presentation and ease of technique. Bournonville’s vibrant choreography may be difficult to dance, but you would never know it by looking at these strong, lovely Danes.
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A celebration of Bournonville
By John Percival for The Stage
The rarest item on this programme is also the most enjoyable. The Jockey Dance was staged by the Danish Ballet’s great choreographer August Bournonville as a comic number for two men, making fun of the English love of horses. Short, lively, full of character and unexpected steps, it is most amusingly done by Morten Eggert and Nicolai Hansen.
They are among the eight men and eleven women assembled by leading dancer Thomas Lund to give Londoners a sample of Bournonville’s genius commemorating his bicentenary.
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