Four RDB Dancers is appointed soloists
June 3, 2018
At the Brunch & Ballet School on stage yesterday, Nikolaj Hübbe made what appeared to be a casual remark, which proved to be the announcement of four new soloists appointments. It was not unexpected, as the group of female soloists had grown very slim. It was suspected that Dane Astrid Elbo and Argentinian Wilma Giglio would get a promotion soon, following there strong developments. Italian Silvia Selvini and Korean/Canadian Ji Min Hong was more of a surprise.
Astrid Elbo entered the ballet school at the same day as Principals Alban Lendorf, Ida Praetorius and Andreas Kaas, and thereby became a part of one of the strongest groups the company school have produced. Tall, regal Astrid Elbo has often been cast in more mature roles including the Red Queen in Christopher Wheeldon´s “Alice”.
Her other roles includes the soloist in Rubies (George Balanchine), Dew Drop in The Nutcracker (George Balanchine), pas de trois in Swan Lake (Nikolaj Hübbe and Silja Schandorff), Dryade Queen in Don Quixote (Nikolaj Hübbe) and Nanina in The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier). Other featured roles includes Vertical Road (Akram Khan), Falling Angels (Jiří Kylián), Infra (Wayne McGregor), Minus 7 (Ohad Naharin), and Symphony of Psalms (Jiří Kylián). As a child at the ballet school she danced the role of Clara in The Nutcracker (Alexei Ratmansky) and the first Sylph in Kom Bamse – nu balletter vi! (Thomas Lund)
Astrid Elbo is a strong dramatic dancers and a number of good choreographers have used her special talents, including Cathy Marston twice as Madame de Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons 2017, and in “Lolita”, 2015. He has also starred in Shaken Mirror by Kim Brandstrup, 2016, Know by Idan Sharabi, 2015, Strangers by Sebastian Kloborg, 2015, Olivia in Twelfth Night by Nikolaj Hübbe, 2014, and Rosa in The Stolen Spring by Esther Lee Wilkinson, 2011
Last year she had a starring role in the movie “Darling” by Birgitte Stærmose . She has won several Awards including The Neel Resling Halpern Foundation’s Grant, 2017, Balletmaster Albert Gaubier and Poul Waldorff’s Grant, 2016, Balletmaster Hans Bech’s Grant, 2016, Talent prize from the Friends of the Royal Danish Ballet, 2014, and the Royal Danish Ballet’s “Colleague of the year”, 2015.
Read my interview with Astrid Elbo here:
Argentinian Wilma Giglio, who joined the RDB in 2014, has over the last year moved to the frontend of the company when she was cast as Sugar Plum Fairy and “Odette/OdileW earlier this season. Her repertoire includes Swan Lake (Silja Schandorff /Nikolaj Hübbe ,, Viscera (Liam Scarlett), Strangers (Sebastian Kloborg), Know (Idan Sharabi), Coffee Arabian dance in Nutcracker (George Balanchine),
Read my interview with Wilma Giglio here:
Ji Min Hon was born in Korea and is educated at Canada's National Ballet School, Yewon Arts School and Vaganova Ballet Academy in Seoul. She joined the Royal Danish Ballet from 2014 after four years at The National Ballet of Canada.
Her major roles includes pas de Trois in “Swan Lake”, Cleménce in “Raymonda”, “Shaken Mirror” and the title role in Liam Scarlett´s “Queen of Spades”.
The Italian Dancer joined RDB in 2014 following her education at Teatro alla Scala Ballet School and a year at Ballet du Capitole, Toulouse (2013-2014). At the festival, she danced The Kermes in Bruges Pas de Deux as part of Ballet de Luxe and Bournonvilleana.
- Topfoto Astrid Elbo in "Rubies" by Costin Radu
- Portaits by Natashe Rydvald
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