Oliver Marcus Starpov;
“Beginning & Ending”
Royal Danish Ballet
The Old Stage
January 11 & 12, 2017
This year Dance2Go production gave RDB and its audience a gift we have longed for in ages. A home-grown choreographer who could deliver a full size original and innovative ballet.
21 year old Oliver Marcus Starpov found his special gift as a member of Company B, the ballet children own ensemble. The in-house company CORPUS became his next platform, and he got his big break when asked to choreograph the Russian and Spanish divertissement in Silja Schandorff and Nikolaj Hübbe’s production of “Swan Lake”. His last oeuvre was another work for CORPUS that showcased his skills in modern dance choreography.
With “Beginning and Ending” he takes on the big challenge of creating a full scale ballet for 20 dancers, lasting 40 minutes, targeting life and death issues. He could not have set himself a harder test. There is not one point in the ballet, where you feel that he is quoting from other choreographers. Nor is there any moment where you feel bored. Starpov is very good in moving people around the stage. There is a constant energy and especially the last segment where the protagonist, the poet, a role shared by equally brilliant soloists Andreas Kaas and Sebastian Haynes, enters the heavenly stage.