Ib Andersen

Ib Andersen
Born December 14, 1954 (1954-12-14) (age 62)
Known forDanish ballet dancer, choreographer, and painter
AwardsRoyal Danish Ballet (youngest principal dancer in the company's history)


Ib Andersen (given birth to 14 Dec 1954) is a Danish ballet dancer, choreographer, and painter. Admired mainly because both a dancer and a choreographer, he’s an artist who’s comfortable interesting with both classical and modern visual of modern-day ballet.

Early days

Created in Copenhagen, Andersen was initially subjected to dance through ballroom dance. At age group 7, he was approved in to the Royal Danish Ballet College, where he researched with Kirsten Ralov, Hans Brenaa, Flemming Ryberg, and Vera Volkova. He also researched in Germany, France, and america, where he got classes at the institution of American Ballet. At age group 18, in 1972, he graduated through the Copenhagen school in to the Royal Danish Ballet as an apprentice. He was approved in to the corps de ballet in 1973 and advertised to "single dancer" (primary) in 1975, when he was 20. At that age group, he was the youngest primary dancer in the business's history.


On stage in the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen, Andersen proved himself an exemplary dancer in the ballets of August Bournonville, which are in the heart from the repertory from the Royal Danish Ballet. Exhibiting his mastery of outstanding allegro dance, with gleaming batterie and traveling elevation, he made an appearance in leading assignments in Napoli, Rose Celebration in Genzano, Definately not Denmark, Kermesse in Bruges, and A Folk Story. His technical accuracy and brilliance had been also shown in Harald Lander's Études aswell such as works by various other Danish choreographers. Besides these, he danced in such traditional ballets as The Nutcracker, Coppélia, and Giselle and in lots of contemporary ballets, creating the function from the Boy in the 1976 revival of Rudi truck Dantzig's Monument for the Inactive Boy and dance the demanding area of the Particular in Glen Tetley's Le Sacre de Printemps in 1978.

New York City Ballet

In 1980, Andersen joined up with the brand new York Town Ballet on George Balanchine’s invitation and plunged in to the task of learning thirty-five ballets inside the initial 90 days of his tenure there, like the intricate choreography of Balanchine's Symphony in C (initial motion) and Ballo della Regina. Therefore effective was he at adapting himself towards the Balanchine design that the fantastic choreographer created primary assignments for him in Ballade (1980), Robert Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze (1980), and Mozartiana (1981). Peter Martins and Jerome Robbins also made assignments for him in several works. Entirely, Andersen appeared in a few sixty ballets during his a decade with the business. In every, his elegant demeanor and specialized aplomb had been applauded by viewers and critics as well.

Guest Ballet Master

After suffering a hip injury in 1988, Andersen came back to the level but eventually made a decision to stop working from NEW YORK Ballet in 1990. Then began another career being a visitor ballet get good at for companies all over the world, staging functions by Balanchine, Bournonville, Robbins, yet others. Being a répétiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, a business produced to oversee the licensing and creation of Balanchine functions, he is among a select band of dancers allowed to stage ballets by the fantastic get good at. Since 1987, he in addition has experienced demand being a visitor choreographer, staging functions of his very own in lots of countries.

Phoenix, Arizona

Following a short stint as ballet get good at for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Andersen shifted to Phoenix, Arizona, enticed not only with the dramatic scenery but, he says, with the "superior" sunlight that's perfect for painting, one of is own long lasting passions. In 2000 he was appointed creative movie director of Ballet Az, where he oversees a repertory of traditional and modern ballets, including functions he has generated specifically for the business. He in addition has staged such classics as Coppélia, Swan Lake, as well as the Nutcracker and, as may be expected, several functions by Balanchine.

Appearances on Video and Film

Andersen is a featured dancer in the Danish documentary film In danse Bournonville (British title: Dance Bournonville, 1979). He shows up in leading functions in video clips of Balanchine's Robert Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze (1981; The Balanchine Library, non-esuch, 1995), Mozartiana (1983; PBS, "A FRESH York Town Ballet Tribute to George Balanchine"), and A Midsummer Night's Desire (1986), where he dances the part of Oberon. He also shows up in the "Dance in the us" tv broadcasts of Peter Martins's Concerto for just two Single Pianos (1983) and Valse Triste (1991) and in archival video footage in the documentary film Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About, released on Dvd and blu-ray by Kultur Video in 2008. Among many video clips of rehearsals and shows with NEW YORK Ballet that may be seen in the Jerome Robbins Dance Assortment of the brand new York General public Library for the Performing Arts, Andersen is seen in Balanchine Continuing, at Ballet Az, area of the "Functions and Procedure" overall performance series in the Guggenheim Museum in NEW YORK, documented in November 2004.

Selected works

1987: 1-2-3–1-2 (music, Schoenberg, J. Strauss Jr., Lizst), Royal Danish Ballet 1988: Baroque Variants (music, Foss), NEW YORK Ballet 1989: Fête Galante (music, Couperin), Royal Danish Ballet 1991: THE BRAND NEW Globe (music, Dvořák), Slovenian Country wide Movie theater Ballet, Ljubljana 1992: Carnaval (music, Schumann among others), Royal Ballet of Flanders, Antwerp 1993: Basic Symphony (music, Britten), Tokyo 1994: Brandenburg Concerti (music, Bach), Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle 1999: Giselle (music, Adam), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Montreal 2004: Mosaik (music, Chopin, Berlioz, Schubert, among others), Ballet Az 2007: Play (music, Mozart, Schubert, Britten, Pärt, Stravinsky), Ballet Az 2008: Dance from the Hours (music, Ponchielli), Ballet Az 2009: Sueñoperating-system (music, Massenet, Rossini), Ballet Az 2010: Diversions (music, Britten), Ballet Az 2012: Topia (music, TBA), Ballet Arizona