Interning at the Royal Danish Ballet: La Sylphide & Etudes
Since the beginning of June, I have been an intern at the Royal Danish Ballet, and it’s something I have been dreaming about since I started the preparations for my bachelor thesis. It was an experimental piece about the choreomusical relations in classical and modern ballet, and at the end of it I loved ballet even more than I did going into the project. Working next to writers I quoted in my bachelor thesis, passing my favourite dancers in the hallway on my way to the office, and being around truly inspirational people whom I really admire has left me a little star struck on more than a handful of occasions, and the first few months I kept waiting for someone to reveal that I didn’t really belong here. But it’s starting to feel like I do, at least a little bit. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to intern here and I want to learn as much as possible while I’m in this wonderful, inspiring place..
I’m involved in a range of different projects, and a recent one involves photography. I’m thrilled to be let into the rehearsals and see the dancers get ready for a premiere. The first thing I photographed was the rehearsals for La Sylphide and Etudes.
Etudes is about the beauty and aesthetic of classical ballet, and showcases the joy and excitement about dancing. It’s a very technical piece that really require skills, but at the same time it is a delicate and beautiful demonstration of the fact that if ballet is to be turned into art, it requires something more than that, namely soul, sensitivity and artistic elegance. La Sylphide is one of Bournonville’s gorgeous ballets, and tells a story about the danger of chasing the ideals of fantasy and dreams instead of the safe and earthbound that is tied to reality. The ballet announced a new style in the classical ballet, where the characters were given more personality and depth, but Bournonville still kept the French style and technique. I’m completely taken with the aesthetic beauty of these two ballets, and seeing them rehearse and knowing what kind of work that goes into making it look so light and easy is absolutely amazing.
The premiere was on the 25th of October, but it runs until the 27th of February, so you still have a chance to catch these two wonderful ballets. Happy Monday beauties, I'm spending mine at the ballet.