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Copenhagen Police Headquarters to house Scandinavia’s biggest dance event

This year, Danish Dance Theatre celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the popular event Copenhagen Summe Dance. From the 11th – 17th of August, the company presents word-class dance, led by the award-winning Tim Rushton. This event will once again take place at The Copenhagen Police Headquarters.

Through the years, Copenhagen Summer Dance has established itself at a popular summer tradition; a tradition that is presented by Danish Dance Theatre, Denmark’s largest and most award-winning modern dance company.

This festival will present world-class dance over the course of a week where the audience can experience nine completely unique works that represent the best of modern dance and ballet – all under the open sky, surrounded by the Police Headquarters’ spectacular architecture.

When Tim Rushton, who has won no less than four Danish Theatre Awards, took over the company in 2001, he had a very clear mission: To present modern dance to a larger audience. He has achieved great success, and this year can present a wonderful program to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Copenhagen Summer Dance.

Copenhagen Summer Dance is an event with an international format that presents excerpts from Danish Dance Theatre’s performances. Among other works, the audience will experience Tim Rushton’s Black Diamond which was danced by Danish Dance Theatre’s 16 dancers at the premiere in May. The company will also show an excerpt from the work Riverside, with music by singer/songwriter, Agnes Obel. Furthermore, the audience will get a taste of what is yet to come in the new season – among others:
• The performance Carmina Burana, based on Carl Orff’s popular work for chorus and orchestra. Carmina Burana will be presented during the annual tour of Denmark starting in January 2015. This will be the second time Tim Rushton has worked with Carmina Burana, this time with choreography by Alessandro Sousa Pereira and Fabio Liberti.
• A new solo by Tim Rushton created for the company’s newest dancer, Lucia Pasquini.
• Backwards, choreographed by Stefanos Bizas from Danish Dance Theatre and danced by Bizas himself together with Alba Nadal from The Royal Theatre.

Also in The Copenhagen Police Yard, there will be an excerpt from Black Box Dance Company’s performance Rites, as well as Polyphonie from the highly respected Norwegian National Ballet. Polyphonie is choreographed by the world-famous English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, who was educated at The Royal Ballet School, London. After having danced with The Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet, he has made a name for himself creating his own works for some of the world’s leading dance companies such as New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House & San Francisco Ballet. This is the first time that Polyphonie will be performed in Denmark.

The famous Mariinskij choir from St. Petersborg, ARKEN, will also be on stage in the beautiful police yard. The Russian Mariinskij choir is unique, not only because of the very high technical level of the singers, but also because of the history of the choir, which is tightly woven together with the development of Russian music.

As something totally new at Copenhagen Summer Dance, it is possible to have your own choreography performed by the professional dancers of Danish Dance Theater. All you need to do is upload a 15-second film with your own movements onto Facebook or Instagram. Add #dansmoderne and share your film before the 30th of June, 2014 – the company’s Artistic Director, Tim Rushton, will then choose a winner whose choreography will be a part of the performance at Copenhagen Summer Dance.

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