From early on in his career, Kim Brandstrup's combination of musical and visual sensibilities and instinctive feel for story led to commissions from leading ballet companies. He has created a number of short and full length ballets, all taking advantage of the physical potential of the classical technique, of the dancers’ virtuosity and inherent musicality, and their ability to inhabit living characters in narrative landscapes.
Kim Brandstrup works with some of the foremost ballet dancers of his generation, including Leanne Benjamin, Alina Cojocaru, Zenaida Yanowsky, Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta, Johan Kobborg, Irek Mukhamedov and Edward Watson. Close collaboration and sensitivity to each dancer's individuality have led to performances of physical power and dramatic focus, in pieces where subtle intimacy and emotional presence pervade.
Kim Brandstrup’s work has been commissioned by The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden; the Royal Danish Ballet; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; and English National Ballet, among others.
A full list of dance works by Kim Brandstrup, including contemporary dance, ballet, opera and film.
The site is divided into a number of sections each functioning as a portal or shortcut to whatever aspects of the work you might be interested in.
In the 'Context' section the work is sub-divided into sections of special pursuits and themes that has marked the work at various stages i.e. the influence from cinema, the importance of music, the exploration into narrative
Click on the title of thumbnails to get full credits, reviews, photos and videos for each production.
Kim Brandstrup works extensively in opera, where he both directs and choreographs. As a choreographer he is collaborating with some of the leading opera directors of the time, including Deborah Warner, Phyllida Lloyd, and Jonathan Kent.
He works regularly at some of the major opera houses of the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; La Scala, Milan; and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.