Andersen ballets

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Hans Christian Andersen (b Odense, 1805, d Copenhagen, 1875). The Danish poet and writer had a brief dancing career, making his debut in 1812 in C. Dahlén's Armida. He also became a close friend of August Bournonville and many of his fairy-tales have inspired dance librettos, including The Red Shoes (chor. Hassreiter, mus. Raoul Mader, Vienna, 1898, also filmed by Powell and Pressburger, 1948, chor. Massine and Helpmann), The Little Mermaid (chor. Beck, mus. Fini Henriques, Copenhagen, 1909), Le Baiser de la fée (after The Ice Maiden, chor. Nijinska, mus. Stravinsky, Paris, 1928, also many subsequent versions), Les Cent Baisers (after The Swineherd, chor. Nijinska, mus. Frédéric d'Erlanger, London, 1935, also as The Swineherd, chor. Lander, mus. Johann Hye-Knudsen, Copenhagen, 1936), Le Roi nu (after The Emperor's New Clothes, chor. Lifar, mus. Françaix, Paris, 1936), The Steadfast Tin Soldier (chor. Balanchine, mus. Bizet, 1975), and The Snow Queen (chor. Bintley mus. Tovey, after Mussorgsky, 1986 and chor. Corder, mus. Prokofiev, 2007). Petit choreographed the ballet sequences for the American film Hans Christian Andersen. Danish TV made a film of The Swineherd (chor. Flindt, 1969). In 2004 Brandstrup created The Anatomy of a Storyteller, a work based on Andersen's life and fiction.

Subjects: Dance.

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