The Royal Danish Ballet, accompanied by the Royal Danish Orchestra, will perform two classic romantic ballets, La Sylphide and the third act of Napoli, at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) on January 20 and 21 under the direction of Nikolaj Hübbe.
“By bringing some of the world-renowned and top ballet troupes to Oman, we aim at offering audiences ballet's rich legacy at a high quality level. We are thrilled to be welcoming the Royal Danish Ballet and Royal Danish Orchestra to the Royal Opera House Muscat. The show will allow the audience to experience two classical ballet stories at their best,” said Christina Scheppelmann, director general of the Royal Opera House Muscat.
A press release said that Royal Danish Orchestra is recognised as one of the world’s oldest orchestras, dating back to 1448. It has performed around the world, including at the Wiener Musikverein and New York’s Lincoln Center Festival.
La Sylphide and Napoli were both originally choreographed by Danish ballet master August Bournonville in 1836 and 1842, respectively, and both have since become fixed points of the classical ballet repertoire.
Inspired by French Romanticism, La Sylphide is Bournonville’s only tragic ballet and stylistically, it is a perfect combination of mime and choreography. It conveys the notion that humans are double beings with a light and a dark side.
Napoli, a story about youth and dreams, is not just Bournonville’s main work, but is also considered to be among the most prominent works in the entire international ballet repertoire. Napoli features folktales while mirroring a romanticist’s view of life. The celebratory dance of the third act has, with time, become the hallmark of the Royal Danish Ballet, the release said.
August Bournonville, though not the founder of the Royal Danish Ballet Company, has exerted the most reflective influence on the company, it added.