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Copenhagen Summer Dance

Posted on July 2, 2013


copenhagenpoliceRunning from August 5 to 11, Copenhagen Summer Dance is an open-air contemporary dance event, presenting Danish Dance Theatre and international choreographers and musicians. Performances are held in the courtyard of the Copenhagen Police Headquarters, Denmark. This elegant pillared space (pictured) has become familiar to audiences around the world from the award-winning Danish television crime series The Killing (Forbrydelsen).


Now an established summer tradition, Copenhagen Summer Dance is produced by Danish Dance Theatre. This year’s line-up includes Red, by Swedish choreographer Örjan Andersson, performed by Danish Dance Theatre, and work by Israeli choreographer Idan Sharabi. Sharabi’s work, in the Gaga school of Ohad Naharin will be performed by two of his own dancers.


Dancers from Poland’s Teatr Wielki will dance work by Jacek Przybylowicz. This year’s programme will also include a performance by New York-based flautist Yael Acher, who performs in styles from classical to Latin, jazz and funk.


Danish Dance Theatre will present highlights from their repertory, a sneak preview of the upcoming season and a new work by artistic director Tim Rushton, inspired by Nijinsky’s celebrated, scandalous L’Après-midi d’un faune.


Performances are free, but it’s a good idea to reserve your ticket in advance from Tickets are also available from the Tivoli Ticket Centre. For more information, click here



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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