Following his performance as Hermann in Liam Scarlett´s "Queen of Spades", Andreas Kaas was made Principal Dancer at RDB tonight.
Looking at Andreas Kaas’ career so far, he is really blessed. Identified early by John Neumeier, he and frequent partner, Principal Ida Praetorius not only won the Erik Bruhn Prize, they were also cast by Neumeier as the leading couple in his “Lady of the Camellias” and “Romeo & Juliet.”
His resume also includes Siegfried and Benno in “Swan Lake”, Albrecht in Giselle, Jack in “Alice”, “Emeralds”, Jean de Brienne (Otto) in Raymonda, The Poet in “Beginning & Ending” and “Tchaikovsky pas de deux” and several other roles in modern ballets. Not a bad feat for the 25-year-old dancer.
He has recently danced his first James in "La Sylphide" as a guest at Mariinsky Ballet.
The promotion of Andreas Kaas, does not just bring yet another principal to the company. Actually, Andreas Kaas will now be filling the post of the leading male dancer.
His successful partnership with Ida Praetorius is already established as the leading partnership in the company, The two dancers, who entered the RDB School on the same day, have conquered some of the most covered roles in the Danish and International repertoire. This spring they are first cast in the leading roles of Liam Scarlett´s successful creation of his ”Queen of Spade", already a smash hit.
Having two dancers, so well matched and in the same age group, gives the RDB and its audience a unique opportunity to follow and enjoy a great partnership over a prolonged period. Next seasons repertoire include several ballets, the two dancers have already conquered and some interesting prospect in the making.
I recently interviewed Andreas Kaas on his experience at Mariinsky. Please follow this link to read it. https://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/eva_kistrup/2018/03/the-away-game.html