Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen in Leda and the Swan
Choreographer Kim Brandstrup is renowned for his award-winning work in ballet, opera, theatre and film.
Creating for world leading companies including The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Rambert Dance
Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Bregenz Festival and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Kim is recognised as one of the leading narrative choreographers of his generation.
Rambert Dance Company
Sadlers Wells Theatre, 3 November 2015
There was unanimous praise from British critics for Kim Brandstrup’s new work for Rambert dance company, Transfigured Night, following its Premiere at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 3 November 2015. Based on Schoenberg’s richly romantic score, Verklarte Nacht, is the story of a couple at crisis point seen from three possible viewpoints in a series of highly-charged duets. Brandstrup makes ingenious use of the whole Rambert company as a dark-clad, looming chorus.
The work continues to tour in Rambert’s repertory programmes.
Further information: http://www.rambert.org.uk/performances/transfigured-night/
New York City Ballet
David H Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC, Thursday, October 8 2015
Kim Brandstrup made his choreographic debut at New York City Ballet on 8th October 2015 . Set to Claude Debussy’s Jeux, with lighting design is by Jean Kalman and costume design by Marc Happel, Costume Director of NYCB. The piece, part of a mixed programme, is performed as part of NYCB's Autumn season at the David H Koch Theater of New York's Lincoln Centre and will return in the Winter season Febuary 2016.
Debussy's Jeux was originally commissioned by Serge Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes and premiered in May 1913.It's a score that has fascinated Brandstrup ever since he and director Phyllida Lloyd used it in a quasi-operatic context for his 2006 music theatre project The Fall of the House of Usher(Bregenz Festival).
"Debussy's last orchestral score is in many ways his most modern and has a mysterious cinematic quality. Musical material is often surprisingly and abruptly juxtaposed and gives the sense of jump cuts in a film - rapid changes of mood, pace and 'location' makes it very exciting and strangely modern' says Brandstrup.
Playbill Art: Interview with David Jay (5 Oct 2015:)
New York Times: Interview with Roslyn Sulcas:"(7 Oct 2015)
Financial Times: Interview: with Louise Levene (23 Oct 2015)
The Royal Danish Ballet
The Royal Danish Theatre, København, 28th May 2016
Kim Brandstrup's second full-evening work for The Royal Danish Ballet is based on the poetry of Denmark's foremost contemporary poet Søren Ulrik Thomsen.
Rystet spejl - literal translation 'shaken mirror' - is a collaboration which brings together a company of forty performers aged 6-70 drawn from the Royal Danish Ballet and its school, Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, , designer Bente Lykke Møller, British video artist Leo Warner and lighting by Jean Kalman . Together, they create a multi-layered universe of movement, video, text and music.
The ballet has its World Premiere on the drama stage of the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen on Saturday May 28, 2016 followed by six further performances (May 29, 31; June 1, 2, 3, 4).
In Rystet spejl - the title poem of Thomsen's latest anthology - the poet tries to capture the ephemeral and elusive nature of the beloved's gaze in a distorted mirror. In the process, he meditates on the limits of language.
Thus, Kim Brandstrup's ballet starts where language ends.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden , 5 September 2014
"Kim Brandstrup’s masterly Leda and The Swan, which mingles Yeats’s poetry (read by Fiona Shaw) has the texture and heft of proper film-making. Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen are transfixing."
Sarah Compton, The Telegraph
Part of a triple-bill with the Royal Ballet Flanders, and set in the the beautiful brickwork structure of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Aldeburgh, this danced celebration of Benjamin Britten's Centenary year is set to his Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, featuring some of the finest dancers from the Royal Ballet (London) including Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi.
Fitzroy Productions / BAM / Epidaurus Festival
London, New York, Greece, 2012 / 2013
This staging of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic poem premiered as part of the Epidauras Festival in Greece, before a season in the Old Vic Tunnels in London. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and staring actress Fiona Shaw and dancer Daniel Hay-Gordon. The poem, Coleridge's longest, tells the story of a sailor who shoots an albatross during a voyage and runs into a seam of ill fortune, as the rest of the crew perish on board.
Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House, July 2012
As part of the Cultural Olympiad in July 2012, Wayne McGregor and Kim Brandstrup joins forces to create a new dance work – part of ‘Titian 2012’ at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Commissioned jointly by the Olympic Festival, The National Gallery and The Royal Ballet, the evening brings together Turner Prize winning visual artists, newly commissioned music and new choreography in celebration of Monica Mason’s 10-year tenure as Director of The Royal Ballet.