Review: Sommerballet 2006 by Copenhagen International Ballet
Published by Dance Europe
For its fifteenth year, Copenhagen International Ballet presented a mixed bag of Danish and world premieres at the Arne Jacobsen-designed Bellevue Theatre in Copenhagen in a concert entitled, Sommerballet 2006, directed by Alexander Koelpin, formerly of the Royal Danish Ballet. On the menu were no less than six works including choreography by internationally renown choreographers such as Jirí Kylián of the Netherlands Dance Theater and Ohad Naharin and Itzik Galili of Israel, plus new works by Koelpin and dancers emerging as choreographers: Adi Salant, Tiziana Fracchiolla and Václav Kuneš. While the quality of the dancers’ performances ranged from exquisite and heavenly in technical prowess to awkward and wary in style and intention, the concert proved to be intriguing, if not consistent in the level of choreographic craft.
High points in the evening included a delightful, insightful and witty video animation by Koelpin and artist Carl Krull, which opened the show and introduced each dancer; Naharin’s “Passo Mezzo”—a powerful duo between a man and a woman; and an exquisite pas de deux from Kylián’s “Petit Mort”, which stole the show.