Frank Andersen

 

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Frank Andersen

Frank Andersen is one of the world´s leading producers of Bournonville ballets. He was trained at The Royal Danish Ballet School and joined Royal Danish Ballet in 1971. In 1977 he was promoted to principal dancer.
He was the originator, together with Dinna Bjørn, of the Bournonville
Group, with soloists and principals of The Royal Danish Ballet in 1976,
and was touring with the group until 1985 in USA, Canada, Mexico,
France, Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia,
the Philippines, South Korea and Scandinavia.
In 1985 he became artistic director of The Royal Danish Ballet, and
made, together with Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter, a new production of
Bournonville´s A Folk Tale with sets and costumes by the Danish Queen Margrethe II in 1991. In 1992 he organized the second Bournonville Festival in Copenhagen. His first period as artistic director of The Royal Danish Ballet ended in 1994. From 1995 to 1999 he was artistic director of The Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm. He was also the artistic director for Nina Ananiashvili and International Stars from 1991-2001. In 2002 he returned to The Royal Danish Ballet as artistic director until 2008, and organized the third Bournonville Festival in 2005.
Frank Andersen has staged La Sylphide for the Inoue ballet (Tokyo),
National Ballet of China (Beijing), Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm),
National Ballet of Estonia (Tallinn), Maggio Dance Company (Florence), National Ballet of Prague (Prague), Finnish National Ballet
(Helsinki),Compania Nacional De Balaido (Lisbon), National Ballet of
Slovenia (Ljubljana), Liaoning Ballet (Shen Yang) and Ballet Nacionale
Sodre (Montevideo). He has also staged the three-act version of Napoli for The Royal Danish Ballet (Copenhagen), Finnish National Ballet (Helsinki) and Stanislavskij Theatre Ballet (Moscow).
In 2009 he was the initiator and chief producer of the reconstruction of From Siberia to Moskow for National Ballet of Georgia (Tbilisi).
Furthermore he has staged 3rd act of Napoli, La Ventana, Flower
Festival of Genzano-pas de deux, Le Conservatoire and other
Bournonville works for companies and schools worldwide. Cities include Hanoi, Vancouver, Napoli, Caracas, Havana, Tbilisi, Tokyo, The Hague and Portland, Oregon.
In 2012 he became professor in ballet at Beijing Dance Academy, and he published the first book in Chinese about The Royal Danish Ballet and Bournonville in 2014. Frank Andersen is serving as artistic advisor for Beijing Dance Theatre, Goh Ballet Avademy, Vancouver and ballet Teatro Teresa Carreno, Caracas. He has been member of several prestigious Ballet Competition Jurys, and was President of the Jury of the Prix de Lausanne in 1989, 2010 and 2013. Frank Andersen received the Dance Magazine Award in 2002, and became the Man of the Year in the Danish-American Society in New York in 2004. He is also the recipient of several cultural prizes. He is Commander of the Danish Dannebrog Order.