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The famed Royal Danish Ballet will perform next June at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in the first West Coast appearance by the full company since 1965, Center officials announced Thursday. It will be one of only two U.S. stops for the troupe next year and the only West Coast engagement. The company will perform works by Danish choreographer August Bournonville, including a new production of the full-length 1842 ballet "Napoli," one of Bournonville's principal works.
October 15, 2006 | Diane Haithman
THE costumes are imported from the Royal Danish Ballet, but sets for the Los Angeles Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" will be California-flavored, says set designer Catherine Kanner. Artistic directors Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen are Royal Danish Ballet veterans, which explains the costume donations.
July 18, 1992
Martin Bernheimer's review of "Napoli" by the Royal Danish Ballet ("A Fleet, Stylish 'Napoli,' " June 11) confirmed his unerring sense of taste: directly the opposite of mine. He liked it! According to Bernheimer, the program consists of an "inspired fusion of Italian street rituals, florid Gallic accents and polite Danish manners." I witnessed two acts of arm-waving pantomime, followed by a third act of muted leg movement. I understand why audiences usually have only the third act inflicted upon them.
March 20, 2005 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
The 200th birthday of Denmark's Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Princess and the Pea" and dozens more beloved fairy tales, is being celebrated around the world this year with hundreds of events, exhibits and tours. As many as 40,000 people are expected to attend the opening gala April 2 in a Copenhagen stadium.
January 4, 1993
Readers responded with sincerity, wit and, occasionally, vehemence to our queries for their assessments of the best and worst in pop music, theater, art, classical music and dance in Orange County in 1992. Here is some of what they had to say: This year's highlight was the Pacific Chorale's performance of "Elijah." The clear singing and powerful performances by the chorale and Sherrill Milnes (brought) the most enthusiastic audience response either of us has seen in our five years of attending concerts at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
September 4, 1998
Frank Andersen, artistic director of the Royal Swedish Ballet, has announced that he will not renew his contract when it expires on June 30, but the move will not affect the troupe's scheduled engagement June 15-20 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Andersen, who could not be reached for comment, didn't explain in a prepared statement why he would be leaving the troupe, which he joined four years ago after a nine-year stint heading the Royal Danish Ballet.
March 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Niels Bjoern Larsen, 89, a former solo dancer who was also considered Denmark's leading mime artist, died March 13 in Copenhagen. Born in that city, Larsen was trained at the school of the Royal Danish Ballet. He joined the company as a dancer in 1937 and became a solo dancer five years later. Larsen was considered one of the best miming interpreters of Bournonville choreography, named for French-born August Bournonville, who started the modernization of Danish ballet in the 19th century.
January 8, 1988 | SUSAN REITER
"The Danes get around," observes Jeppe Mydtskov, the latest member or trainee of the Royal Danish Ballet to join an American company. Following the pattern of the 1970s--when Peter Martins, Adam Luders and Ib Andersen forsook Copenhagen to become leading lights of New York City Ballet, and Peter Schaufuss became a globe-trotting international star--Mydtskov and a number of other Royal Danish Ballet men have set out to broaden their horizons.
It is the fourth oldest ballet company in the world, yet the Royal Swedish Ballet isn't as well known in the United States as are many much-younger European and Russian troupes. That's because the troupe, founded in 1773, hasn't toured this country much. It's been 25 years since its last visit.
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