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Full Length Works

Full Length Works

“[Goldberg] is an ingeniously organised, frequently humorous, gently enigmatic and wholly luminous hour and a quarter – a mini-masterpiece” - Jenny Gilbert

Kim Brandstrup first took up the challenge of the full evening ballet in 1990 when he created Peer Gynt and has since made eleven full-length dance works. From the beginning the works were imbued by cinematic dramaturgy and in pieces like Peer Gynt (1990), Antic (1993), and Othello (1994), he created tightly paced contemporary tales from complex classic narratives, pairing them right down to their dramatic essence.

His love for and knowledge of the large scale ballet cannon is clearly demonstrated in his three full-length classical works: Amor and Psyche (1997), Sleeping Beauty (1998), and Queen of Spades (2001).

The trilogy demonstrate his grasp of epic narrative scale and are at once affectionate homages to the nineteenth century form and a strong bid for reinventing it.

More recently, in pieces like Goldberg(2009), Hamlet (2003), and Brothers (2002), he has played with a more poetic, multi-layered narrative language that while still tightly structured has a looser and more poetic eloquence in its story telling.

Full Length Works Projects

Shaken Mirror "Rystet Spejl"

The Royal Danish Ballet
The Royal Danish Theatre, København, 28th May 2016

''It is an enchanting, beautiful and evocative intersection between dance, text and music choreographer Kim Brandstrup has created in his new and very original staged work''

Vibele Wern, Berlingske Tidende

*****

Shaken Mirror "Rystet Spejl"

Goldberg

ROH2
Royal Opera House, September 2009

“an ingeniously organised, frequently humorous, gently enigmatic and wholly luminous hour and a quarter – a mini-masterpiece, in short.”

Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday *****

Goldberg

THE ANATOMY OF A STORYTELLER

Arc Dance Company
Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, 8 November 2004

"a mastery act...Brandstrup is a gifted storyteller and he sketches the tale with rapid wit... and the nine dancers could hardly be bettered"

The Guardian

 THE ANATOMY OF A STORYTELLER

Hamlet

Arc Dance Company
The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, March 2003

“. Brandstrup’s vision, and his power to realise it, make a memorable work of art. Kim Brandstrup’s new Hamlet is his most powerful creation to date.” 


Clement Crisp, Financial Times

Hamlet

Brothers

Arc Dance Company
The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, March 2002

“[Brandstrup] has spent his career exploring ways of infusing his choreography with drama without resorting to straight-forward, linear-narrative storytelling. This is one of his finest, most fulfilling creations” 


Allan Robertson ,Time Out London

Brothers

Queen of Spades

Les Grandes Ballets Canadiennes
Theatre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts, Montreal, October 2001

“A royal flush!" 
"The Queen of Spades: The choreographer has played his cards very well by artfully blending modernity and classicism." 
"... the clarity of action, the delicacy of movement, the lovely music, and, most of all, the understated aestheticism leave you breathless throughout the ballet."

- 
Linda Boutin, Voir,

Queen of Spades

The Return Of Don Juan

Arc Dance Company
Sadler's Wells, March 1999

“Brandstrup’s movement language is fluently lyrical, whirling arabesques cutting across the diagonals. He writes the mime straight into the dance, so the story is always on the move, while characters who lurk on the sidelines are given richly expressive cameos”

Debra Craine, 
The Times

The Return Of Don Juan

Sleeping Beauty

Royal New Zealand Ballet
St James Theatre,
Wellington,New Zealand, May 1998

This beautiful new production is traditional at heart, pays homage to Petipa at all the right moments and is packed full of brilliant dancing, it is one of the company’s finest acheivements." 


Rod Bliss

 , Sunday Star Times

Sleeping Beauty

Amor og Psyche

Royal Danish Ballet
Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen, May 1997

"The format is indisputable , with his first great full-length ballet, Kim Brandstrup demonstrated his ability to handle the big dramatic structure . With a cinematic drive in the editing and a swell of emotion in the form"

- Monna Dithmer, Politiken

Amor og Psyche

Crime Fictions

Arc Dance Company
Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, February 1996


Crime Fictions is Brandstrup at his most agile, a master storyteller and inventive dance maker whose own story is unfolding in new and triumphant chapters.




Evening Standard

Crime Fictions

Othello

Arc Dance Company/Irek Mukhamedov
Sadler's Wells, Feburary 1994

"Given Brandstrup’s confident and impassioned choreographic style with its strongly dramatic basis and cinematic fluency, Mukhamedov had no need to adapt his classical training. His part was brilliantly tailored to suit the vigorous and virtuoso Bolshoi technique "

Katherine Sorley Walker, Daily Telegraph

Othello

Antic

Arc Dance Company
Derby Playhouse, January 1993

"

Kim Brandstrup’s latest work for his excellent Arc Dance Company is Antic, which he claims is only based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. But no other wordless evocation of the play I have ever seen has encapsulated so powerfully, so clearly, the heart of the matter.
"

The Gaurdian

Antic

Peer Gynt

Arc Dance Company
The Place Theatre, London, March 1990

“Every stage of Ibsen’s stark morality play emerges with imaginative clarity and, as always, Brandstrup has assembled the right artistic collaborators as well as a responsive group of dancers…Peer Gynt shows his skill in narrative development and evocative stagecraft” 


Daily Telegraph

Peer Gynt