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From June 3 – 11, 2005, at Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre, the Royal Danish Ballet celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of August Bournonville, the dancer, choreographer, and ballet master who made the company unique and gave it its international cachet. In a SEEING THINGS series called “Total Immersion,” I wrote 15 essays about the performances, which encompassed the entire extant Bournonville repertory, and about the many complementary events that were scheduled. As an introduction to the subject, I posted my essay on the first Bournonville Festival, published in Dance magazine in 1980.

Here is a list of these pieces, giving the specific subject of each and the direct link to it:

“The Festival in Copenhagen,” TT’s Dance magazine essay on the 1st Bournonville Festival in 1979

NO. 1 (Introduction; Kermesse in Bruges)

NO. 2 (Exhibition of costumes for the Bournonville ballets at the National Museum)

NO. 3 (Napoli)

NO. 4 (La Sylphide; La Ventana)

Related material:
Link to TT’s SEEING THINGS review of the premiere in 2003 of the Nikolaj Hübbe production of La Sylphide:

NO. 5 (Three exhibitions, curated by Knud Arne Jürgensen, on Bournonville and Hans Christian Andersen)

Related material:

Link to the online version of Digterens Teaterdromme (The Poet’s Theatre Dreams), curated by Knud Arne Jürgensen:

Link to an English translation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ice Maiden:

Link to an English translation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen:

NO. 6 (Abdallah)

NO. 7 (Far from Denmark)

NO. 8 (The Bournonville Schools)

Related material:
Link to TT’s SEEING THINGS essay, “Ballet Boyz, Danish Style”:

NO. 9 (Konservatoriet)

NO. 10 (Exhibition of photographs of the Royal Danish Ballet down the decades)

NO. 11 (The King’s Volunteers on Amager)

NO. 12 (A Folk Tale)

Related material:
Link to TT’s Dance Insider essay on A Folk Tale:

NO. 13 (“Bournonvilleana”—the gala closing performance of the Royal Danish Ballet’s 3rd Bournonville Festival)

NO. 14 (Miscellany)

NO. 15 (Operan—the Royal Theatre’s new house for opera and ballet)

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