© Per Morten Abrahamsen
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
Kim Brandstrup won the award for Best Modern Choreography at the National Dance Awards ceremony, held at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on Monday February 6, 2017.
Brandstrup’s admired work for Rambert triumphed in a particularly strong shortlist which included new works by Javier de Frutos, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Crystal Pite.
Writing after the awards ceremony, dance critic Judith Mackrell wrote in The Guardian:
“(Brandstrup’s) setting of Transfigured Night, Schoenberg’s hauntingly beautiful titular score, ranks as one of the finest in his long career: superbly constructed, inventively musical, beautiful and profoundly humane in its portrayal of trepidation, tenderness and forgiveness”.
On the Tuesday October 25, 2016 Kim Brandstrup received The Honorary Dance Prize awarded by the Wilhelm Hansen Foundation.The prize recognises Brandstrup’s body of work in both contemporary dance and ballet over a period of some 35 years, including a series of narrative full-length pieces - most recently, Rystet Spejl (Shaken Mirror), his multi-layered work for the Royal Danish Ballet which challenged its dancers, enriched the company’s repertoire and played to full houses in Copenhagen earlier this year.
The judges hailed Brandstrup’s impact on the Danish dance world as one of the first Danes to study modern dance abroad. He studied dance and choreography at the influential London School of Contemporary Dance in the early 1980s, forming his own company, Arc, in 1985. Since 2005 he has worked as a freelance choreographer making work for, amongst others, The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Rambert.
Previous recipients of the Foundation’s honorary prize include, in the dance world, Peter Martins, John Neumeier, recipients in other art forms include theatre director Peter Brook, writer Astrid Lindgren and architect Daniel Libeskind.
The Royal Danish Ballet
The Royal Danish Theatre, København, 28th May 2016
Kim Brandstrup's new work for The Royal Danish Ballet, received unanimous praise from the danish press following the premiere on the 28th May 2016 :
"An enchanting, beautiful and evocative intersection between dance, text and music", "a rare integrated work" and "beautiful from beginning to end" were some of the verdicts of the Danish dance press to Brandstrup's latest full-length work for the Royal Danish Ballet.
Rystet spejl - whose English title translates as 'Shaken Mirror' is inspired by the poetry of Denmark's foremost contemporary poet Søren Ulrik Thomsen and is a collaboration with Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, designer Bente Lykke Møller, British video artist Leo Warner and lighting design by Jean Kalman,
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.
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Financial Times: Interview: with Louise Levene (23 Oct 2015)
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.