Revered as the world’s third oldest ballet company, the Royal Danish Ballet returns to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time in over a decade to open Festival 2018 in the Ted Shawn Theatre.
Praised as “a masterclass in style” (The Guardian), leading principals and soloists perform a program of pas de deux, imbued with a rich Danish-Pillow history which dates back to company’s U.S. debut of the first group of soloists in 1955. Read bios of the principals and soloists.
While the distinctive repertoire of Danish choreographer August Bournonville remains a cornerstone for the Royal Danish Ballet, in his ten years as Artistic Director, Nikolaj Hübbe has brought the company to an impressive technical level which masters a wide range of modern and classical ballets.
Director of Royal Danish Ballet discusses his career and summer spent at the Pillow in this PillowTalk.
Dvorak – pas de deux (Choreographer: Harald Lander)
La Sylphide – pas de deux (Choreographer: August Bournonville)
White Swan (Swan Lake) (Choreographers: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)
Black Swan (Swan Lake) (Choreographers: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)
The Kermesse in Bruges (1st Act) (Choreographer: August Bournonville)
Giselle (2nd Act) (Choreographers: Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli)
A Folktale – pas de sept (Choreographer: August Bournonville)
Napoli – pas de six and tarantella (Choreographer: August Bournonville)
Programming subject to change.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ROYAL DANISH BALLET
“Watching dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet is like being given a masterclass in style – style not as a superficial extra but as the substance, the beating heart of an art form.”
“The Royal Danes are held in an extraordinary mixture of affection and respect all round the world. “
The New York Times
“The Bournonville treasury of teaching and choreography gives the Danes a particular inheritance of vitality, charity, fun and innocence that are the chief source of their reputation.”
The New York Times
Royal Danish Ballet
At Ted Shawn Theatre: Jun 20 - Jun 24