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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.
Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter
The Nutcracker’s magical Christmas table
“It could only be The Nutcracker that took centre stage on my Christmas Table. Bjørn Wiinblad’s imaginative costumes and his fantastic, delicate universe have been my inspiration,” says Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter, who as young ballet dancer had the part of Clara in Flemming Flindt’s production of The Nutcracker.
Anne Marie's Christmas Table glows in deep red colours. It is covered with Royal Copenhagen’s Star Fluted Christmas porcelain, which is richly decorated with all the Christmas motifs that are associated with the traditional Christmas that Anne Marie treasures so dearly. Anne Marie's personal Nutcracker is the centerpiece of her Christmas table.
The cozy wooden figure is held near and dear to her heart – it was carved by Holger Oesten, a carpenter at the Royal Theatre and father figure to Anne Marie. Wiinblad's original costumes and a floor covered with nuts complete the image of an adventurous Christmas that was the trademark of Anne Marie’s childhood.
Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter (1949). Director and Teacher at the Royal Danish Ballet. Anne Marie has celebrated her 50th anniversary at The Royal Theatre and has literally lived most of her life in the footlights of the old stage. Anne Marie has danced several main roles and performed with some of the biggest international stars during her dance career. She has also directed and staged, and in 1979 started teaching at the Royal Theatre Ballet School, where she was Artistic Director from 1988 to 2006. Today, Anne Marie works as a director and teacher while still being very much a part of theatre’s magical universe.
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