(b Aarhus, 9 Jan. 1956)
Danish-born, British-based choreographer. He studied film at the University of Copenhagen then moved to the UK where he studied with Nina Fonaroff at the London Contemporary Dance School. He choreographed several works for London Contemporary Dance Theatre, including Orfeo, which won an Olivier Award in 1989 and founded his own group, Arc Dance Company in 1985. His productions, many of them narrative based, are strongly influenced by the cinema, using striking visual imagery and the choreographic equivalents of cinematic montage and close-up to develop character and action. The early works were shaped by his training in modern dance but later works (several of them commissions for ballet companies) have since acquired more classical qualities of lightness and speed. Brandstrup's works for Arc have included Peer Gynt (1991), Antic (based on Hamlet, 1993), Othello (1994), Saints and Shadows (1994), Les Noces (1997), and The Return of Don Juan (1999). Other work includes Sacre du printemps (1991) for Geneva Ballet, Britten's Death in Venice (1992) for the Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, White Nights for English National Ballet, Mysteries (1994), Cupid and Psyche (mus. Kim Helweg, 1997) and Ghosts for the Royal Danish Ballet, Eidolon (1996) and Songs of a Wayfarer (mus. Mahler, 2004) for Rambert Dance Company, Sleeping Beauty (1998) for the New Zealand Ballet, Queen of Spades (mus. Tchaikovsky, 2002) for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Pulcinella (2006) for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rushes (mus. Prokofiev, 2008) for the Royal Ballet, and Goldberg (mus. Bach, 2009) in collaboration with Tamara Rojo.
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