Ben Line History Bite - The Royal Danish Ballet in Hong Kong
In December 1989, the Royal Danish Ballet took part in the opening celebrations of the new Cultural Center in Hong Kong, performing “La Sylphide” and “Napoli”. The two ballet, both by August Bournoville, where enthusiastically received, with packed houses every night.
With our strong links with Hong Kong, Ben Line was a natural choice to carry all the ballet company’s stand equipment, costumes, props, flow covering and back clothes to their destination. Careful planning was necessary to pack the myriad shapes and sizes into one 20-foot and three 40-foot containers.
The origins of the Royal Danish Ballet go back to 1771, with the foundation of the school which was since formed its backbone. Its position on the international stage is first and foremost due to August Bournonville, who was the company’s director from 1930 to 1877.
Having received his training in Paris, he brought with him to Copenhagen the grace and elegance of the French dancing style, and the influence of French romanticism. Yet his art remained fundamentally Danish echoing the native writers of his time who believed that art should reflect order and beauty, connecting this world with a higher one. He staged about 50 ballets as well as numerous divertissements in the opera and drama, and created a tradition for Danish male dance of a high standard. Those who led the company since Bournoville have all dedicated themselves to the preservation of the master’s creations, while at the same time experimenting with new works
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