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Kim Brandstrup



Kim Brandstrup in action.
Kim Brandstrup in rehearsal for 'Machina' (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

Danish choreographer Kim Brandstrup made his Royal Opera debut in 1992 creating the choreography for Death in Venice, directed by Colin Graham. He returned in 1993 to create the choreography for Eugene Onegin, directed by Jonathan Cox. He made his Royal Ballet debut in 2005 with Two Footnotes to Ashton. He has since choreographed for the Company Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story (2008), Goldberg – The Brandstrup-Rojo Project (2009) with Tamara Rojo, Invitus Invitam (2010), ‘Machina’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012) in collaboration with Wayne McGregor, Ceremony of Innocence (created on Royal Ballet dancers for the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival) and the pas de deux ‘See, even Night herself is here’ (2015).

Brandstrup studied film at the University of Copenhagen and choreography with Nina Fonaroff at the London Contemporary Dance School. He has been working as a choreographer since 1983 and in 1985 founded his own dance company, Arc. Brandstrup regularly choreographs for leading dance companies, including Royal Danish Ballet, Danish Dance Theatre, English National Ballet, New York City Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Rambert, Norwegian Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. His opera and theatre choreography includes credits with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, English National Opera, Greek National Opera, the Barbican, Opera North, Théâtre du Châtelet and at the Bregenz, Glyndebourne and Vienna festivals.

Brandstrup’s many awards include the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production for Goldberg – The Brandstrup-Rojo Project and the 2016 National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography for Transfigured Night.

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