Preview: Royal Danish Ballet – Principals and Soloists: Peacock Theatre, London, 9-10 January 2015

The main Danes

'For some reason, people are always telling me Copenhagen is beautiful' says he. 'And people are always telling me that London is rainy.' says she.

‘For some reason, people are always telling me Copenhagen is wonderful’ says he. ‘And people are always telling me that London is rainy’ says she. ‘Then I shall be your umbrella’ says he.

It’s been ten years since The Royal Danish Ballet last visited London so it’s great news that some of their very best Principals and Soloists are coming to the capital’s Peacock theatre in January 2015. They’ll be performing a gala of sorts showing off the repertoire of August Bournonville, the Company’s most celebrated choreographer and the predominant reason for their exalted status in world ballet.

The selection of six dances include excerpts from well-known works La Sylphide, Napoli and The Flower Festival in Genzano and lesser-known pieces The Conservatory, From Siberia to Moscow and A Folk Tale. Dancers scheduled to perform include Alban Lendorf (who now regularly struts his stuff in London with Tamara Rojo as an English National Ballet guest artist), Gudrun Bojesen, Ulrik Birkkjaer, Susanne Grinder, Gregory Dean, Amy Watson and Marcin Kupinski.

There are just three shows scheduled where you can catch this rare opportunity to see the development of Bournonville’s unique and historic style – tickets can be bought on the Sadler’s Wells website.

Gerard Davis

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