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Bournonville Ballet Technique

Rose Gad and Johan Kobborg

Year: 2012, 38 mins
Code: PB-Bou

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Fifty exercises demonstrate one of the world’s major ballet techniques. Performed by Principals of the Royal Danish Ballet

This film offers a new approach to the study of the technique of the great nineteenth century Danish choreographer August Bournonville.

It presents fifty class exercises, selected and reconstructed from the notations of Bournonville's successor, Hans Beck, by Vivi Flindt and Knud Arne Jürgensen.

These not only show how Bournonville's dance style was directly inherited from the great French dancer and teacher Auguste Vestris, but also offer a remarkably authentic document of both the form and content of the Bournonville classes as they were performed more than a century ago.

Beautifully danced by Rose Gad, principal dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet, and Johan Kobborg, former principal dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet (and now principal dancer of the Royal Ballet), this recording reveals a legacy of extraordinary value: the most accurate possible representation of a Bournonville class as it was performed in his day.

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