Magazine article Dance Magazine

The Royal Danish Ballet

Magazine article Dance Magazine

The Royal Danish Ballet

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The Royal Danish Ballet may have lost a star, but it gained a leader for the future this fall. Thomas Lund, who joined the company from the school in 1993 and was promoted to principal in 2000, retired at 38 to take over from Niels Balle as director of the Royal Danish Ballet School. The very Danish double bill of Flemming Flindt's The Lesson and Bournonville's La Sylphide he chose for his farewell was a fitting end to a remarkable career. When director Nikolaj Hiibbe asked the entire theater to bow to him during the curtain calls, the emotion and respect of both audience and company were palpable.

Lund is famous as a Bournonville stylist of the highest order. While his rise to the rank of principal wasn't without obstacles in a decade, the 1990s, that was a troubled one for the RDB, he was soon recognized as one of the jewels in the Danish crown and played a leading role in the 2005 Bournonville Festival. …

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