A translation of the press release on the tours:
Ballet on Tour
Both the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Theatre Ballet School are on tour in January as a result of last year’s big Bournonville Festival
2005 was a big year for the Royal Danish Ballet, with the celebration of August Bournonville’s 200th birthday the biggest event. 2006 begins well with two big tours to Egypt and the USA, which are solid proof of the considerable recognition the Royal Danish ballet received after the 3rd Bournonville Festival in 2005.
It is a big set-up which is on the go when the Royal Danish Ballet comes on a visit: With nearly 50 dancers, stagehands, dressers, extras, hairdressers, ballet students and teachers, almost 80 people are going to be transported back and forth. Sets and costumes fill 5 forty-foot containers, which are going by boat from Copenhagen to the harbor in Cairo. In addition, when it comes to salaries, provisioning and administrative costs, one is quickly talking about millions, before paying musicians and dancers.
But, the Egyptian population, in return see three evenings with some of the best the Royal Danish Ballet can offer. On the programme is Nikolaj Hübbe’s production of August Bournonville’s tragic classic, ‘La Sylphide’, which is more than any other ballet, synonymous with Danish Ballet. And in the lead roles, will be dancers Gudrun Bojseon, Silja Schandorff, Thomas Lund and Kristoffer Sakurai.
On a smaller scale, when 10 ballet students go to Washington DC, it is a strong indication of the Royal Danish Ballet and Royal Danish Theatre’s importance on the international ballet scene. With balletmaster Frank Andersen on the top and together with the supervisors, teachers and managers from the school will participate in the International Ballet Academy Festival, which is a presentation of world’s most important ballet trasitions. Bournonville is naturally in the center, as they will be performing excerpts from ‘Flower Festival in Genzano’, ‘Napoli’ and the Bournonville’s School. Also from overseas are the Paris Opera Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School.
The meaning of the tours to the Royal Danish Ballet is enormous. Frank Anderson: “The Royal Danish Ballet is word-class, which we last proved with the Bournonville Festival in June 2005. But this high status in the ballet world has considerable meaning when we visit other countries and show our special culture and tradition for a foreign audience.”
After the tour in Cairo, the whole Royal Danish Ballet is one a well-earned vacation until the 29th of January.
The Tour in Jutland went well
To judge from the reviews and sales figures, Jutland loves the Royal Danish Ballets. All five performances played to full houses with standing ovations and the critics also liked what they saw and heard.
Nordjyske Stiffttende’s critic gave 5 stars and wrote, “It is starry entertainment”. Also Vejle Amtsavis’ critic was enthusiastic and wrote, “The ballet is characterized by a magnificient ensemble scenes, which give color. But the weight lies in the young pairs solo scenes”