The Royal Theatre committee has on Thursday 29 March, after a unanimous recommendation from the 'hiring group', named Nikolaj Hübbe as the new balletmaster for the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2012. The theater chief has furthermore named Nikolaj Hübbe as 1st instructor at the Royal Ballet from August 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008 in order to work on deciding the next season's repertory.
Nikolaj Hübbe is an obvious choice as balletmaster. He has for many years enjoyed a considerable international reputation as a solo dancer at the New York City Ballet. Over the years, he has kept his connection to Denmark and the Royal Danish Ballet, both as a guest dancer and as an instructor, for example with the latest staging of "La Sylphide". Nikolaj Hübbe combines, for instance, a danish background and international experience and will with this ballast be extremely well qualified to lead the ballet in the coming years.
- Mads Øvlisen, committee leader
An excerpt from Nikolaj Hübbe's application:
"In spite of many years away from the danish ballet, I consider myself still to be a danish dancer. By the word danish, I of course mean the childhood and learning, which I have gotten at Kongens Nytorv - Bournonville, the dramatic ballet and the narrative danish art.
I know that the seeds to the Royal Danish Ballet lie specifically in this tradition. I think that it will be splendid to take as a starting point there, the creation of new and modern story ballets through which to bring the Royal Ballet's profile into an alliance with the 21st century's new audiences."
From Hübbe's CV:
Born in Copenhagen - 30 October 1967
Started at the Royal Theatre Ballet School - 1978
Promoted to solo dancer at the RDB - 1988
Hired as principal dancer at the NYCB - 1992
Guest dancer with: San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Los Angeles Ballet, NBoC, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aired, Ballet National d'Espana, Verona Opera, Rome Opera, Hamburg Ballet, Deutsche Opera Ballet, Bayerische Staatsoper, Norwegian National Ballet, Kirov Ballet, POB
Bournonville Divertissement - NYCB 1999
Bournonville Divertissement - Ballet Arizona 2000
Bournonville Divertissement - NBoC 2001
La Sylphide - RDB 2003
La Sylphide - Ballet Arizone 2004
La Sylphide - NBoC 2005
Teaching and coaching:
Hired as a teacher at SAb in 1997. Staged for SAB Workshop - Konservatoriet, Flower Festival in Genzano (pdd), Balabile from Napoli act 1, pas de six and Tarantella from Napoli Act 3 and pdd from Kermessen in Bruge, Act 1.
Artistic leadership: Hübbe and Friends - Tivoli 2002
The Theatre Cup - 1992
Bikubens Ærespris - 2002