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Kim trained for a Degree in Film Studies at the University of Copenhagen. He has also spent 4 years studying Choreography under Nina Fonaroff at the London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, London. In 1985 Kim set up his own dance Company ARC Dance.

2010 - Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Creation (Goldberg: The Rojo/Brandstrup project)

1990 - Winner of the Olivier Award for Dance (Orfeo)

2013 - Nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Award (Metamorphosis)

2005 - Nominated for Critics Circle / National Dance Awards for Best Classical Choreography (Two Footnotes to Ashton)

1995 - Nominated Olivier Award for Dance (Saints and Shadows)

New Dance Works Created by Kim Brandstrup
La Traviata

Theatre des Champes Elysees, Paris

Dir. Deborah Warner

Life is a Dream


Based on play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca


Saarbrücken, Germany

City of Glass

Benwell Studios, London

Dir. Leo Warner

Billy Budd

Teatro Real, Madrid

Dir. Deborah Warner

Eugene Onegin

Metropolitan Opera, New York

Dir. Deborah Warner

Rystet Spejl (Shaken Mirror)
based on the poems of Sorek Ulrik Thomsen
Royal Danish Ballet / Royal Danish Theatre
New Full Length Ballet
Guillaume Tell

Metropolitan Opera, New York

Dir. Pierre Audi
Jeux New York City Ballet
Guillaume Tell (revival) Metropolitan Opera New York
Eugene Onegin (revival) English National Opera
Between Worlds by Tansy Davies

English National Opera

Dir: Deborah Warner

Verklarte Nacht Rambert

Des. Chloe Lamford

Carousel (revival)
(The act II Ballet)
Opera North

English National Opera

Dir: Fiona Shaw

Ceremony of Innocence Britten's Frank Bridge Variations Royal Opera House

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Leda and the Swan Deloite Ignite Film Festival Royal Opera House
Death in Venice (revival) English National Opera
Ceremony of Innocence

Britten's Frank Bridge Variations

Royal Ballet, Co-production with DanceEast and Aldeburgh Festival
Russian Ballet Icons Gala Ensemble Productions limited
Dancelines Royal Ballet
Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 Royal Ballet

co-choreographed with Wayne McGregor to celebrate the Artistic Directorship of Monica Mason based on the Triptych by Titian at the National Gallery, London

Lilith-abi! Danish Dance Theatre
Carousel (The act II Ballet) Opera North at Barbican Theatre

and tour to Chatelet Paris

Dir. Jo Davis

The Faery Queen (revival) Glyndebourne Festival
Premieres Plus: Carlos Acosta

Footnotes to Ashton

The London Coliseum
Invitus, Invitam
(Against his will, Against her will) To the music of Couperin, re-composed by Thomas Ades

Royal Ballet, main stage
with Leanne Benjamin and Edward Watson

Lighting Des. Lucy Carter

Carlos at The Coliseum - Footnotes to Ashton The Coliseum, London
Pas de Deux from Rushes State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
St Petersburg, Russia
Rushes (revival) Royal Ballet, Covent Garden

(version for female dancers and separate version for male dancers)

Royal Danish Ballet
Goldberg: the Rojo/Brandstrup Project ROH2, The Linbury Studio,Covent Garden
Rushes: Fragments from a Lost Story Royal Ballet, Main Stage Covent Garden
Queen of Spades (revival) Les Grands Ballets Canadiennes, Montreal, Canada
Summer Collection Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Ghosts The Royal Danish Ballet
New One Act Ballet Northern School of Contemporary Dance
featuring Zenaida Yanowsky and Simon Keelyside
Dir. Brothers Quay for Opera North
Songs of a Wayfarer Rambert Dance at Snape Maltings, Suffolk
La Chute de la Maison Usher - The unfinished opera by Debussy. Working with l'Apres Midi d'un Faune and Jeux to tell the family story preceding the opera
Festspielhaus, Bregenz Festival
Production by Phyllida Lloyd and Kim Brandstrup.
Dir. Phyllida Lloyd, Chor. Kim Brandstrup.
Birmingham Royal Ballet
White Lead
Royal Swedish Ballet
Part of NOKO - a celebration of Nordic Choreography
The Anatomy of a Storyteller Arc Dance Company at the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen

Two Footnotes to Ashton
Duet for Johan Kobburg & Alina Cojacaru.

Solo for Zenaida Yanowsky

Royal Ballet, Linbury Studio
Theme and Inversion - duet to music of Schnittke and Kurtag Part of the White Christmas Festival of new choreography, the Place, London
Hamlet ARC Dance Company - Salisbury Festival and tour
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Feature Film with the Quay brothers
Songs of a Wayfarer Rambert, Edinburgh Festival and tour
The Anatomy of a Storyteller
Hans Christian Anderson Project
ARC Dance - World Premiere, the Linbury Studio
As part of Dance Umbrella
Hamlet ARC Dance, also performed at Elsinor in the summer
Part of Johan Kobborg's Out of Denmark
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


The Brothers
(Based on Dostoevsky)
ARC Dance
In Place of Stone Norwegian Ballet
Elegy ARC Dance
Queen of Spades
Les Grandes Ballets Canadiennes, Montreal
The Return of Don Juan ARC - New full length Ballet With Irek Mukhamedov
Sleeping Beauty
New production
Royal New Zealand Ballet
Garden of Joys and Sorrows ARC Dance
Les Noces (re-worked) ARC Dance
Orfeo ARC Dance
Cupid and Psyche Royal Danish Ballet
World Premiere - Full length Ballet
Crime Fictions
Full length ballet
Eidolon Rambert Dance
Mysteries Filmed for Danmarks Radio and TV
Angels and Insects Film
Institute Benjamenta with Brothers Quay - Film
Saints and Shadows ARC, Tivoli, Copenhagen
Mysteries Royal Danish Ballet
ARC Dance
Based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Othello Irek Mukhamedov with ARC Dance
White Nights English National Ballet
Peer Gynt ARC Dance
In Dream, I Dream a Dream London Contemporary Dance
Mysteries ARC/Tivoli/ Copenhagen
Le Sacre de Printemps Grand Ballet de Geneve
Orfeo London Contemporary Dance
Vanada ARC Dance
The House Dybbuk ARC Dance
Deus ex Machina ARC Dance
Yetzia ARC Dance
Three Arabesque ARC Dance
Soldiers' Tale ARC Dance
Stardoom ARC Dance
I want, I want ARC Dance
ARC Dance Set up by Kim Brandstrup
Dances from the North  
Tales of Sleep Place Theatre Season
Les Noces  
Under Moon  
Dreaming the Blues English Dance
Chamberplay ARC Dance
Help me Somebody Spira Dance
Sidechamber Spira Dance
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Spira Dance
Choreography for Opera Productions
Between Worlds

by Tansy Davies

English National Opera at the Barbican Theatre

Dir. Deborah Warner

The Marriage of Figaro (revival) English National Opera
Death in Venice English National Opera
Dir. Deborah Warner
Guillaume Tell De Nederlandse Opera/Metropolitan Opera
Dir. Pierre Audi
Eugene Onegin Metropolitan Opera, New York
Dir. Deborah Warner
La Traviata Vienna Festival
Dir. Deborah Warner
Medee Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris
Dir. Pierre Audi
Carousel Opera North
Dir. Jo Davies
The Fairy Queen Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Dir. Jonathan Kent
The Marriage of Figaro English National Opera
Dir. Fiona Shaw
Eugene Onegin English National Opera
Dir. Deborah Warner
Death In Venice La Scala, Milan
Dir. Deborah Warner
The Fairy Queen BAM, New York
Dir. Jonathan Kent
The Fairy Queen Opera Comique, Paris
Dir. Jonathan Kent
The Messiah English National Opera
Dir. Deborah Warner
Death in Venice Teatre Royal de La Monnaie/De Munt
The Fairy Queen Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Dir: Jonathan Kent
Death In Venice Grand Theatre De La Ville, Luxembourg
Seven Deadly Sins Greek National Opera
Death In Venice English National Opera
Dir. Deborah Warner
Death in Venice Metropolitan Opera New York
Zemir et Amor Drottningholm Opera, Stockholn, Sweden
Dir. John Cox
Eugene Onegin Royal Opera House
Dir. John Cox
Death in Venice Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Dir: Colin Graham
Theatre Direction / Choreography
The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other
by Peter Handke
Malmo Theatre, Sweden


Rystet Spejl (Shaken Mirror), Royal Danish Playhouse, Copenhagen

"An enchanting, beautiful and evocative intersection between dance, text and music", "a rare integrated work" and "beautiful from beginning to end" were some of the verdicts of the Danish dance press to Kim Brandstrup's latest full-length work for the Royal Danish Ballet.

Ceremony of Innocence (Britten Dances) Royal Opera House

A pale-suited man sits at the side of the stage, and conjures his early life. His merry band of friends, his lost love and his younger self dance in an idiom that is near-classical, airy yet grounded, and the effect is tremendously beautiful.


Ceremony of Innocence (Britten Dances) Aldeburgh Festivel
Kim Brandstrup's new Ceremony of Innocence is the highlight of the Aldeburgh Festival's danced celebration of composer Benjamin Britten. Set to the Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, it echoes the ambiguities of Britten's operas in the fresh, musical dance....
The Independent  

Death In Venice (ENO)
... Sam Zaldivar's Tadzio is as definitively right as Bjorn Andresen was in the film: whether doing slow pirouettes or whirling no-hands cartwheels, he possesses a more perfect line than any young dancer-gymnast has a right to. Kim Brandstrup's choreography is a delight: even something as simple-seeming as three small girls running in irregular formation across a beach is both precisely choreographed and made to look carelessly natural. A flawless evening.
The Independent

Kim Brandstrup’s choreography completes a powerful image of turn of the century decadence.

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