Ballet de Luxe
Pas de deux from August Bournonville’s The Flower Festival in Genzano
Pas de deux from August Bournonville’s William Tell
Ballabile from August Bournonville’s Napoli
Pas de deux from Arthur Saint-Léon’s Coppélia
Pas de deux from Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake
George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky pas de deux
Pas de deux from John Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet
George Balanchine: Theme and Variations
Royal Danish Ballet
The Old Stage
March 22, 2017
With “Ballet de Luxe” Royal Danish Ballet introduce a new format, never used before in the standard repertoire. A sort of gala, playing 6 times starring the local Principals and Soloists. I cannot quite make out the reason for this initiative. Is it to present a cost-effective production in a season full of expensive high lights like “Alice”, “Giselle” and “Jewels” or to create more opportunities for dancers.
It the aim to take care of a least a little bit of Bournonville in an almost Bournonville-free season, or are Nikolaj Hübbe creating an opportunity to get some Balanchine experience into th
e dancers before taking on the big challenge of “Jewels”? If is the last listed reason, then the programme must be granted a great success. It was a joy to watch the RDB corps excel in “Theme and Variations”. They are definitely ready for “Jewels”.