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Dinna Bjørn

(1947)


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(orig. D. B. Larsen; b Copenhagen, 14 Feb. 1947)

Danish dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. The daughter of Niels Bjørn Larsen, she was admitted as an apprentice at the Royal Danish Ballet in 1964. In 1966 she made her debut as the Young Girl in Robbins's Afternoon of a Faun. As a principal dancer she performed both classical and contemporary works. Her most important roles included Masha (Nutcracker) and in Sylphide, The Kermesse at Bruges, and Far from Denmark. She also danced at the Tivoli Pantomime Theatre, where she created von Rosen's Mam'zelle Nitouche in 1970. She made her choreographic debut in 1970 with 8 plus 1 for the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1976, with Frank Andersen, she founded a company of soloists from the Royal Danish Ballet to perform Bournonville's works; the company continued for fourteen years and toured extensively. In 1987 she left the Royal Danish Ballet. She is one of the world's foremost experts on the Bournonville technique and has produced a number of Bournonville ballets for companies in Europe and the US, including Napoli and Le Conservatoire for the Danes, becoming advisor on Bournonville to the company from 1997. From 1990 to 2001 she was director of Norwegian National Ballet, moving on to direct the Finnish National Ballet. She remained with the Finnish Ballet until 2008, bringing in more contemporary works by Ek and Kylián among others and nurturing young Finnish choreographers such as Jorma Elo. After retiring as director she has worked freelance as a teacher, choreographer, and producer of the Bournonville repertoire.

Subjects: Dance.


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