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Auguste de Bournonville (1805-1879). Trained in Copenhagen and Paris Directed and choreographed for the Royal Danish Ballet Organized the school Wrote a syllabus in 1861, called Etudes Choreographiques ] His style is considered the purest example of 19 th century ballet technique

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Auguste de bournonville 1805 1879

Auguste de Bournonville (1805-1879)

  • Trained in Copenhagen and Paris

  • Directed and choreographed for the Royal Danish Ballet

  • Organized the school

  • Wrote a syllabus in 1861, called Etudes Choreographiques]

  • His style is considered the purest example of 19th century ballet technique

  • Curriculum was based on set classes for each day of the week (Cecchetti)


The bournonville style

The Bournonville Style

Musicality and Joy of Movement are key elements of his ballets and style

Elegance of dancing conveyed through the extensive use of épaulement, rounded arms and use of head and eyes


Bournonville s legacy

Bournonville’s Legacy

Students at the RDBS train in the Bournonville technique once a week

Today’s presentation draws from enchaînements seen in the Wednesday class

Pedagogues that codified the Bournonville school include: Hans Beck, Hans Brenaa, Harald Lander, FlemmingFlindt, Frank Andersen, Fleming Ruyberg, Kirsten Ralov, DinnaBjørn, ViviFlindt, Eva Kloborg, Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter and Thomas Lund.


Technique at a glance women

Technique at a glance: Women

Elegance and grace

Soft rounded arms and specific port de bras (a l’ange, a la lyre, adorè)

Equality with jumping in beaten steps and jumps

Pirouettes were done sur le coup de pied and on demi pointe


Technique at a glance men

Technique at a glance: Men

Intricate footwork, petit allegro, batterie

No pas de deux in the traditional sense

Arms in bra bas for most exercises, requiring tremendous back and leg strength

Lightness and speed in tours en l’air and jumps


Music for class

Music for Class

Scores for the enchaînements in the ballet classes were collected and partly composed by LudvigSmith

In 1943, Holger Nielsen transposed the original violin scores into a piano score


Nicknames

Nicknames

Many steps had nicknames, named after the dancers that either loved or hated an exercise (the dark step), the style of the step (Spanish, Chinese, etc) or the ability to leave the class after that step was completed (eg. The stepping out step)


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