© Per Morten Abrahamsen
Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen in Leda and the Swan
© Ben Delfont
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.
New York City Ballet
David H Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC, Thursday, October 8 2015
Kim Brandstrup makes his choreographic debut at New York City Ballet with a new work for twelve dancers set to Claude Debussy’s Jeux, the French composer’s last orchestral work. Lighting design is by Jean Kalman, with whom Brandstrup has worked regularly in both ballet and opera, and costume design is 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 Center.
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.
Kim Brandstrup has chosen another seminal work by 20th century musical giant Arnold Schoenberg for his latest work for Rambert Dance Company. The piece, for a large ensemble of dancers, will echo the music’s theme of embracing,unconditional love. Designed by Chloë Lamford with lighting by Fabiana Piccioli, the new work will have its Premiere at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London in November 2015.
"Verklaerte Nacht is written on the eve of the 19th century and inaugurates musical modernism . Morphing late romanticism into expressionism the score has tremendous emotional power. I'm looking forward to working with Rambert on this visceral score - and very excited to be working with a big group of contemporary dancers again" says Brandstrup.
His last work for Rambert Dance Company, Songs of a Wayfarer, was part of a Mahler trilogy commissioned by the Edinburgh Festival in 2004. It drew widespread critical admiration, described variously as 'superbly musical' (Guardian) and 'a major piece by a master of modern-dance expressiveness' (Daily Telegraph).
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.