Susanne Grinder retires
June 10, 2018
When Royal Danish Ballerina Susanne Grinder retired secretly at the end of this season, her friend and colleague Principal Kizzy Matiakis created an exhibition of all Susanne Grinder´s costumes on the wardrobe floors. An outstanding feat to celebrate a great career and a reminder of all the beauty and quality Susanne Grinder has brought to the audience, her colleagues and friends.
I interviewed Susanne Grinder a few years back, and one of the memories I took with me was her care for friends and colleques. She was aware of even the youngest apprentencies in the company. Seeing Kizzy Matiakis exebition on Instagram, made me aware of the volume of characters she has created. A pink leotard on the wall calls back the memory of her in Balanchine´s “Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements” and the myriads of white dresses is proof of her many romantic leads from “La Sylphide” over Swan Lake” to “Lady of the Camellias”.
Grinder has danced a bigger repertoire than what most dancers gets to do in a lifetime. In her last season, she took on the
role of Sorella Englund in a ballet about this special and outstanding dancer, so important to her students and audience. Susanne Grinder herself also created a ballet, based on her own family story of her beloved fathers struggle with dementia. In true Susanne Grinder spirit, it became as uplifting as sad.
Audiences and friends will miss her. However, retiring relatively young I am sure Susanne Grinder will find other outlets for her creativity. Her last outing was dancing a Bournonville reconstruction of “The Muses of the Father Land” with sister principals Amy Watson and Kizzy Matiakis. It was touching, elegant and moving. Shown as part of a gala with focus on the hard-hitting pyrotechnics, it reminded us on the other and as important side of ballet, feeling and style.
Read my interview with Susanne Grinder a few seasons back here:
Photos by Costin Radu:
- Susanne Grinder and Ulrik Birkkjær in "La Sylphide"
- Susanne Grinder in "The Dying Swan"
- Susanne Grinder with Alban Lendorf in "Lady of the Camellias"
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