San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancers

Gala program with 11 principal dancers and three world premieres 

Østre Gasværk Teater 2.-5. September 2021

Join us on a journey through the history of ballet as eleven principal dancers from the San Francisco Ballet unfold the great dramas and intimate moments of three centuries. København Danser has composed a spectacular program that includes both classical ballet highlights and completely new works specially created for this festival.

2. September 7:30 pm
3. September 7:30 pm
4. September 2:00 pm
4. September 7:00 pm
5. September 2:00 pm

The audience will sense the presence of history in the excerpt from Le Corsaire pas de deux, created more than 200 years ago by Marius Petipa, the father of Russian ballet. As well as pieces created throughout the 1960s and 1970s by important choreographers such as George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins who renewed the art of ballet with ingenious works like Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and In the Night. In addition, three new-choreographed works will receive their world premiere, when young choreographers present their own version of ballet 2021.

Originating in their individual lives as a woman, a POC [person of color], and an LGBT activist, respectively, the choreographers Danielle Rowe, Baba Tunji Johnson, and Myles Thatcher have created personal works about equality and diversity. It is unusual for such issues to be expressed in dance since the most popular ballets were typically created many years ago when different ideals and norms ruled. With great respect for the ballet tradition, the San Francisco Ballet principles will give the audience a foretaste of where modern ballet is heading.

The San Francisco Ballet is among the best companies in the world. The artistic director of København Danser, Ulrik Birkkjær, is currently a principal with the American company and will also be dancing. Join us, when he and his colleagues from The San Francisco Ballet claim the stage, and the past, present, and future of ballet will combine into a splendid evening, accompanied by live music from Alexander McKenzie (piano), Niklas Walentin (violin), Carl-Erik Riestra (guitar) and Silas Bjerregaard (vocals).

Program

Act 1

 

Bugle Boy From Company B
Choreography: Paul Taylor
Music: The Andrew Sisters


Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
 
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky


World premiere
by BabaTunji Johnson 
Choreography: BabaTunji Johnson 

Music: Various

 

World Premiere by Myles Thatcher
Choreography: Myles Thatcher
Music: Don McLean 

Guitar: Carl-Erik Riestra

Vocals: Silas Bjerregaard


World premiere
by Danielle Rowe
Choreography: Danielle Rowe

Piano: Alexander McKenzie

Violin: Niklas Walentin

Act 2

 

In the Night
Choreography: Danielle Rowe
Music: Frédéric Chopin
Piano: Alexander McKenzie

 

BabaTunji Johnson Solo

Choreography: BabaTunji Johnson

Music: Various

 

In the Middle Somewhat Elevated
Choreography: William Forsythe
Music: Thom Willems

 

Le Corsaire Pas de Deux
Choreography: Petipa
Music: Ricardo Drigo

København Danser is looking forward to a memorable event when the principals of San Francisco Ballet kick off the very first festival season

København Danser glæder sig til en mindeværdig aften, hvor San Francisco Ballet Solodansere affyrer startskuddet til den allerførste festivalsæson.

2. September 7:30 pm
3. September 7:30 pm
4. September 2:00 pm
4. September 7:00 pm
5. September 2:00 pm


Venue: Østre Gasværk Teater, Copenhagen

DURATION: TWO HOURS (INCLUDING INTERMISSION)

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