Multi award-winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup’s work encompasses ballet, opera, theatre and film.
With a background in cinema and contemporary dance he has created for the world’s leading ballet, opera and dance 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 Teatro alla Scala, Milan. His own company, Arc Dance Company, was established in 1985.
London 2012 Festival, National Gallery, Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House Covent Garden , 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.
This autumn Kim Brandstrup will be working on two opera productions, both at with the ENO at the London Coliseum – from October 5, a new production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, directed by Fiona Shaw, and immediately after, from November 12, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, a co-production between ENO and The Metropolitan Opera in New York, directed by Deborah Warner.
In February Kim Brandstrup joined Phillida Lloyd at Pinewood Studios to work on the movement for her the new feature film ‘The Iron Lady’. The film, starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, is due for release in January 2012.
Royal Opera House Covent Garden , October 2010
Kim Brandstrup’s new work for The Royal Ballet, Invitus Invitam, (the second ballet in a mixed programme) opened on Friday, October 15 2010 to enthusiastic reviews and all six performances were sold out.
Invitus Invitam takes its inspiration from one line in Suetonius’s history of the Roman Emperors: 'Titus Reginam Bereniciem invitus invitam demisit', referring to Emperor Titus sending Queen Berenice away “Against his will, against her will” (invitus invitam). At the heart of Kim Brandstrup's ballet are three anguished duets for Edward Watson and Leanne Benjamin, which echo the theme of the play: the forced separation of its principal protagonists. It is set to Thomas Adès’ Three Studies after Couperin. Costume designs are by Richard Hudson. Lighting designs and video projections by Lucy Carter and Leo Warner conjure Roman palaces out of thin air.