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.

Kristoffer Sakurai

A table of dreams that connect two cultures
"A dream comes true with my Christmas Table, where I unite dance, art and the world of fashion - and showcase my personality” says Kristoffer Sakurai, who, being born December 24th, has a special relationship to Christmas.
Kristoffer has roots in both Denmark and Japan, and he has chosen to create a table that embraces both cultures - a table that creates the perfect stage for his dream of the ultimate party. Kristoffer’s setting is bright and ethereal. Brought to life with the elegant play between the contrasts of the masculine and the feminine, the refined and the robust, nature and culture. The large marble table and the numerous silver candlesticks balance perfectly with the textured linen napkins, delicate origami cranes and grey-green cedar.

Kristoffer has laid his table with the White Fluted dinner service, as its pure aesthetics reflect the multicultural aspects of his life, while decorated with his Japanese family monogram. The elegant setting is held in a stylish grey tone, which signals a zen-inspired and meditative tranquility with plenty of room for immersion and love. Referencing Alexandre Dumas’ novel, La Dame aux Camélias, Kristoffer has arranged seatings at the table for his husband, his deceased father, ballet master Henning Kronstam, and Kristoffer's former ballet coach and good friend Ingrid Glindeman - all people who have had a significant role in his life.

Kristoffer Sakurai (1980), Buying Manager at Illum. Former principal dancer (2005-2011) at the Royal Danish Ballet and a graduate of the Royal Ballet School. Sakurai has been one of the biggest dancers on the Danish dance scene and on the national and international ballet scene, and has been featured in many neoclassical and modern performances. He turned to his lifelong interest in fashion at the end of his ballet career.


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