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Jane S
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Its just been announced that a private fund has given the RDB a grant of 50 million Danish kroner (about £5.6m) for new productions over the next 4 years. It's the largest gift in the company's history and should make a huge difference - money has been very tight recently and this season's repertoire is very limited. First thing to be mentioned is an in-house production of Neumeier's Lady of the Camelias, borrowed a couple of seasons ago and very popular in Copenhagen but until now seen as too expensive ever to be repeated... we look forward to hearing what else they'll do!

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The current Sylphide production dates from 2003, I think, so yes - it's being replaced rather sooner than you might expect. The interesting thing is that it's Hubbe's own production - I wonder if he'll do the new one himself, too?

 

Apparently the people who have made this huge grant to the company also funded last year's Golden Cockerel and Bayadere as well as the Twyla Tharp Sinatra piece (Come Fly Away) which opens tonight. Directors all over the world must dream of finding a benefactor like this! (It's called Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs Fonde and has given away hundreds of millions (kroner) over the last 10 years, especially to the arts.)

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