Upholding the Bournonville Tradition: The Royal Danish Ballet School
Published by European Dance News, Ballet Tanz
Spring 2005, Summer 2006
From the outside, the palatial visage of Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre seems calm – even stately – with an elegant façade that seems to match the classic artforms that appear on the stages inside. The Royal Opera finds its home here, along with an acclaimed opera school. The Royal Theatre, which
presents dramatic performances, also plays host to classical concerts of the Royal Danish Orchestra. It is within this creatively charged environment of the theatre, or Det Kongelige Teater in its native Danish, that the students
of the Royal Danish Ballet School thrive. A complement to the Royal Danish Ballet company, this unique school has a long history steeped in the technique of groundbreaking choreographer and artistic director August Bournonville.
With Bournonville’s 200th birthday celebration just around the corner, in 2005, ballet is much on Copenhagen’s mind as the city turns its attention to the ballet company and its extraordinary school.