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Royal Copenhagen shares the spotlight with the graceful and dramatic universe of the Royal Ballet in this year's Christmas Table exhibition. Six of the ballet's most outstanding dancers have placed their talents in the decoration of the Christmas Tables.
Royal Copenhagen and The Royal Ballet share clear similarities. Not just because their histories go back many years, but they also share a common reference within art, aesthetics as well as the aspiration for eternal balance between innovation and tradition. It was therefore a natural choice for Royal Copenhagen to this year invite The Royal Ballet as the creative and inspirational cocreators of the 2017 Christmas Tables. Royal Copenhagen will present and display the 2017 Christmas Tables at the Flagship Store on Amagertorv in Copenhagen, from November 17th to December 31st, 2017.
From dancing to decoration
This year’s Christmas Table decorators have all received countless ovations on national and international stages. They are: principal dancers Alban Lendorf and Ida Praetorius, soloists Andreas Kaas and Femke Mølbach Slot, former principal danser Kristoffer Sakurai, as well as director, and former dancer and leader of the ballet school, Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter. They all give their very own personal interpretation of a Christmas Table - the table that will gather all the people nearest and dearest to them this holiday season.
The sources of inspiration for the six Christmas Tables come from far and wide. There are, of course, many references to the world of ballet, from the Nutcracker and the swan - the white and the black - to the magic of the theatre and the unbridled power of the music within. But there are also glimpses of the Christmas’s of childhood past, and of the Christmas hopes and dreams that lay in their futures. Each dancer has put all their creative passion into creating an inspiring Christmas table that expresses their unique personality and brings their Christmas dreams to life.
"This is not the first time Royal Copenhagen has collaborated with the Royal Ballet to create the highly traditional Christmas Tables - and it's probably not the last. We are two very wellestablished institutions in the Danish cultural landscape, and we both have a strong sense of values, where craftsmanship and precision are focal points", says Royal Copenhagen's Creative Director Niels Bastrup.
A moment of closeness
“I’m a ballet dancer, but I am also 24-year-old Andreas. My Christmas Table reflects both the dancer and the young man that is me” insists Andreas Kaas, who has chosen to create a Christmas table that could have been placed in his own apartment. This is where he would invite a group of close friends over for lunch – a dream scenario in a busy December, where The Nutcracker is performed almost every evening.
The setting is casual and unpretentious. In Andreas’ home furniture is mixed and matched in a surprising and youthful collage. This is also the case with his Christmas Table: a simple table top with colourful handmade stools and chairs. The poster on the wall is from one of Andreas' first performances: The Nutcracker in 2001. On the opposite side is a mirror wall that expands the world, while it is a ballet barre that sets the limits. The table-setting is just as eclectic as the décor: a beautiful blend of Fluted Signature, which symbolizes the eternal quest for renewal, and White and Blue Elements, which take traditions to new places with youthful exuberance.
Andreas Kaas (1993) has been a soloist in the Royal Danish Ballet since 2016 and is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School. He was an aspirant in 2009. Andreas is referred to as an immense talent. He is an elegant dancer with technical ingenuity, a flair for the dramatic, great artistic understanding and an unmistakable intuitive sense of the roles he communicates on stage.
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