Odette, Ms. J'aime Crandall Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

Odette, Ms. J’aime Crandall
Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

This Wednesday evening as guests for the royal galla dinner celebrating the Danish Queen Margrethe 75 years birthday, the clouds where gathering on a grey sky and after a windy walk from Christianshavn to the Danish Royal theaters opera house even the stage curtain was a graphic wonder in monochrome black and white, setting the mood for a bleak and dramatic Swanlake.

This new production by the Artist Director Mr. Nicolai Hübbe and his Deputy Ms. Silja Schandorff was a pure delight. The contrast between the amazing graphic set design inspired by swan wings by Mr. Mikki Kunttu and the Renaissance costume design by Ms. Mia Steengaaard strangely gives the ballet a very modern aesthetic.

The music must be some of the most beautiful ballet music ever and a piller in the career of Mr. Pjotr Tjajkovskij and always make my day. Mr. Hübbe and Ms. Scandorff payed tribute to history and the youth of Danish ballet by in the first act to put one of the greatest male dancers Mr. Erik Bruhns Prince solo in and the entertainment at the ball in the second act is choreographed by young talents Mr. Gregory Dean and Mr. Oliver Starpov.

A evening full a talent, magic and good company worth repeating.

The Queen and court, Ms. Mette Bødtcher and corps de ballet Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

The Queen and court, Ms. Mette Bødtcher and corps de ballet
Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

Swan Facts:

* 7 different species
* Max weight 15kg.
* 25.000 feathers
* White or black
* Monogamous
* One lifepartner

White swans, corps de ballet Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

White swans, corps de ballet
Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

Odette and Prince Siegfried with swans, Ms. J'aime Crandall and Mr. Alban Lendorf with corps de ballet Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

Odette and Prince Siegfried with swans, Ms. J’aime Crandall and Mr. Alban Lendorf with corps de ballet
Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

The Russian Princess, Ms. Femke Mølbach Slot and cops de ballet Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

The Russian Princess, Ms. Femke Mølbach Slot and cops de ballet
Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

The evenings Olide and Prince Siegfried, Ms. J'aime Crandall and Mr. Alban Lendorf Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

The evenings Olide and Prince Siegfried, Ms. J’aime Crandall and Mr. Alban Lendorf
Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

Black swans Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

Black swans
Photo: Mr. Costin Radu

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