Shaken Mirror "Rystet Spejl"

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28th May 2016

Creative Team


Den Kongelige Ballet


Kim Brandstrup


Hans Abrahamsen

Set and costume

Bente Lykke Møller


Jean Kalman

Video design

Leo Warner
(59 Productions)

Sound design

Ian Dearden
(Sound Intermedia)


Mette Bødtcher

Holly Jean Dorger

Astrid Elbo

Susanne Grinder

Lis Jeppesen

Christina Michanek

Ida Praetorius

Ji Min Hong

Clara la Cour Bødtcher-Jensen

Ulrik Birkkjær

Mogens Boesen

Eliabe D'Abadia

Sebastian Haynes

Poul-Erik Hesselkilde

Sebastian Kloborg

Marcin Kupiñski

Tobias Praetorius

Hector Gad

Shaken Mirror "Rystet Spejl"

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

Review Extracts

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

Vibeke Wern
Berlingske, May 29, 2016

"Rystet Spejl sums up everything Kim Brandstrup's work is about.... the most coherent work he has yet created for the Royal Danish Ballet"

Majbritt Hjelmsbo
Weekendavisen, June 3, 2018

"Rystet Spejl is an exquisitely beautiful dance piece"

Anne Middelboe Christensen
Information, 3 June 2016

"A great and original contemporary work has been created on the Royal Danish Ballet. May it be the beginning of a trend."

Eva Kistrup
Copenhagen Report, May 29, 2016

''When Kim Brandstrup conjures up Søren Ulrik Thomsen's poems on stage the result is a fascinating dance about mortality and life's intangible wonders. The interaction between dance, set design, lights, music and text creates a rare and integrated work : A shaken mirror in which Brandstrup and co captures the sensitive and soulfull dimension, so inherent to master Thomsen"s poetry''

Monna Dithmer
Politiken, May 31 2016

"Rystet Spejl is beautiful from beginning to end.''

Frederiksborg Amts Avis, May 30, 2016

Programme Notes

Inspired by the poetry of Denmark's foremost contemporary poet Søren Ulrik Thomsen, Rystet Spejl was an ambitious collaboration which created a multi-layered universe of movement, video, text and music on the stage of the Royal Danish Playhouse. Rystet spejl is also the title poem of Søren Ulrik Thomsen's latest anthology. In it, the poet tries to capture the ephemeral and elusive nature of the beloved's gaze in a distorted mirror. In the process, he meditates on the limits of language. On working with Thomsen's poems, so well known and cherished by Danish readers, Kim Brandstrup says: "The challenge was how to take on these poems - all rich and dense in imagery and atmosphere - all subtle in how they convey their emotional message; I realised very early on that any attempt to illustrate Thomsen's work would be futile - I felt the poems had to be there as physical objects, as words and sentences projected on the walls around the dancers. So the dance became a comment on the poems - the poems a reading of the dance: the piece became a dialogue between words and movement." Premiered on May 28, 2016, Rystet Spejl brought together a considerable creative team - renowned composer Hans Abrahamsen, stage and costume designer Bente Lykke Møller, British video artist Leo Warner and French lighting designer Jean Kalman - and a company of dancers aged between 6-70, all drawn from the Royal Danish Ballet and its school.