A preview of the Royal Danish Ballet by Mette Windberg Baarup for The Copenhagen Post.
And just to put the icing on this supernatural cake, the Royal Danish Ballet’s superstar, 22-year-old Alban Lendorf, who was just awarded the prestigious Leonide Massine Award as most outstanding male dancer of the year, will be making his debut as James. This could very well be one of those debuts that will go down in ballet history, and personally I cannot wait to see what Lendorf will bring to this role, which is one of the most coveted in the male repertoire of the Royal Danish Ballet.
As the second part of this double bill, the Royal Danish Ballet presents a piece by Flemming Flindt, another choreographer who has played a crucial part in the history of the Royal Danish Ballet. The Lesson, created in 1963, was Flindt’s debut as a choreographer. It is based on Romanian playwright Eugčne Ionesco’s La Leçon, a story about an ill-tempered and slightly sadistic professor, who in Flindt’s adaption became a ballet teacher who loses control over himself whenever another young and eager ballerina in spe enters his dingy basement studio.