Now in its fourth year, Copenhagen Summerdance has established itself as a popular and much anticipated event in the city each summer. In fact, dance-lovers reserve seating months in advance and line up around the block two hours before the show just for a chance to get the few remaining free tickets left to sit on the ground of the courtyard of the old police station near the famed Tivoli Gardens in downtown Copenhagen. Inside, the building is shaped like a Roman arena with majestic columns circling around an open-air plaza under the stars. With such a dramatic setting as this, it is a prime opportunity for Danes and tourists to see a smorgasbord of truly inspirational Scandinavian contemporary dance.
This year, the countries of Denmark, Sweden and Norway were represented by dancers from the Danish Dance Theatre of Copenhagen, the Royal Swedish Ballet of Stockholm and the contemporary dance group, Carte Blanche of Bergen. On the program were excerpts from seven works of choreography in the current repertory of each company including “Virus” by Israeli Ohad Naharin and “Love” by Israeli Sharon Eyal performed by Carte Blanche; “Insomnia”, “Working Man” and “Passion” by British-born Tim Rushton performed by Danish Dance Theatre; “Chinese Objects” by Finnish choreographer Susanna Leinonen performed by the Royal Swedish Ballet and Danish Dance Theatre; and a sneak preview of an intense new work by Rushton entitled, “Confessions” performed by two members of his company.