Founded in 1748, Denmark's preeminent
ballet company is among the world's oldest. Trained in the traditional style August
Bournonville developed from the classical French school where he studied, the
dancers display a suppleness and speed that is unmatched.
Under the artistic direction of Bournonville
expert Frank Andersen, the Royal Danish Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera
House January 13-18 to perform a full-length version of Bournonville's magnificent
Italian masterpiece Napoli, last seen in excerpts at the Center's
International Ballet Festival in March 2003. Italian folklore and romantic love
are at the core of this tale of the charming Teresina and the poor fisherman Gennaro,
whose love is tested by the sea spirit Golfo and his seductive naiads.
The company will also present
a program of mixed repertory to include Bournonville's enchanting La Sylphide,
featuring one of classical ballet's most captivating characters—an innocent
soul and femme fatale all rolled into one—and Harald Lander's Etudes.
January 13-16: Napoli
January 17 (matinee) and 18: La Sylphide
January 17 (evening): La Sylphide
Performances will be with live orchestra.
Standing Room tickets for presentations in the Opera House, Eisenhower Theater and Terrace Theater will be sold at the Kennedy Center Box
Office and by phone (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324 when a performance sells out, but only if it is sold out. There is no limit per purchase.
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