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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.
The flip side
"We want to shock the senses and challenge traditions by twisting reality and showing the other side of perfect. The result is a deconstructed Christmas setting" explains Alban Lendorf. He has invited his best friends along for the ride: scenographer Simon Witzansky, ballet dancer Benjamin Buza, brother and carpenter Willum Lendorf-Thim and composer Andreas Bernitt. Together, they experiment with the creative process to illustrate that the perfect and delightful always mirrors the imperfect and painful - also inside the ballet.
The five friends have created a raw and powerful universe. Alban's brother Willum has scavenged a giant tree trunk from the forest that supports a broken marble table top. The table is set with Royal Copenhagen’s Full Lace service in an unglazed edition and decorated with Benjamin Buza's expressive poems. The scene is set by Simon Witzansky's unique scenography and Andreas Bernitt's atmospheric music while a disturbing scene, consisting of a mirrored pyramid, a ballet barre, walls covered with the Blue Fluted pattern and porcelain covered with skulls, juxtaposes the beauty. Traditions have been transformed into freedom, and it becomes evident that everything has a price: it costs blood, sweat and tears to reach perfection.
Alban Lendorf (1989) graduated from the Royal Ballet School and was named a principal dancer in the Royal Danish Ballet in 2011 after being employed as a corps dancer in 2008. Alban is a bright star on both the Danish and international scene. An expressive and powerful dancer who has danced in nearly all the big productions. Currently he resides in New York and dances as a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet.
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