The Royal Danish Ballet
Nikolaj Hübbe, Artistic Director
"A near-seamless fluidity. Split leaps and spinning turns seem to spring fully formed into the air."
--The Boston Globe
"In a fast, complex world, where everything demands attention and thought, this is dance as simple joyous pleasure."
One of the oldest and most respected ballet companies in the world returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2004. The Royal Danish Ballet, now under the artistic direction of Nikolaj Hübbe, is trained in the traditional style August Bournonville developed from the classical French school where he studied.
The company's engagement includes Nikolaj Hübbe's new production of Bournonville's Napoli, an Italian adventure and love story that follows charming Teresina and poor fisherman Gennaro, whose romance is challenged by a seductive sea demon. This new staging is set in the Naples of the 1950s--the stomping grounds of Fellini's camera crews and Mafioso types--bringing a modern twist to a fairytale story.
In tribute to their former ballet master, the company will perform a re-staging of Bournonville's A Folk Tale. The story of young nobleman Ove, in love with Hilda, a girl brought up by the Trolls, the ballet contains the Romantic juxtaposition between the world as we know it and a dangerous, yet fanciful underworld.
Don't miss these programs from a company that carries on the grand European tradition but refuses to rest on its well-earned laurels. Performances will be accompanied by the Opera House Orchestra.
Tue.–Thu., June 7–9 at 7:30 p.m.
A Folk Tale
(Timing: Act I - 25 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 25 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act III - 38 min.)
Hilda (Grinder - 6/7 & 6/9; Guswiler - 6/8)
Frøken Birthe (Matiakis - all performances)
Sir Ove (Kupinski - 6/7 & 6/9; Birkkjær - 6/8)
Fri. & Sat., June 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., June 11 & 12 at 1:30 p.m.
(Timing: Act I - 37 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 22 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act III - 39 min.)
Gennaro (Stæger - 6/10; Birkkjær - 6/11 mat, 6/12; Lendorf - 6/11 eve)
Teresina (Watson - 6/10, 6/11 eve; Grinder - 6/11 mat, 6/12)
Golfo (Massot - 6/10, 6/11 eve; 6/11 mat, 6/12)