Dancing Bournonville

Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1979

52 min.DK/Documentary

A documentary about the importance of August Bournonville, the greatest name in the history of the Royal Danish Ballet and still an invaluable asset. The film demonstrates how Bournonville has influenced and inspired generation after generation of ballet dancers and choreographers. We see how daily training in ballet classes take place, and how the staging of a production is handled. There are excerpts from three famous Bournonville ballets: »The Conservatoire«, »The Kermis at Bruges« and »Napoli«.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title At danse Bournonville
Danish title At danse Bournonville
International titles Bailar Bournonville
Keywords Bournonville, Auguste, Ballet, Ballet dancers, Ballet rehearsal, Royal Ballet, The, Royal Theatre, The, 1970-1979
Director Jørgen Leth
Screenplay Ole John
Director of Photography Dan Holmberg, Jan Weincke, Mikael Salomon, Peter Klitgaard
Editor Anders Refn
Sound Niels Bokkenheuser
Appearance Den Kongelige Ballet, Hans Brenaa
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
Technical info 574 meter, 16 mm, color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 23.11.1979
Cinemas Dagmar præsentation
TV release 06.08.1990, TV 2
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Filmselskabet
Executive Producer Statens Filmcentral
Commissioned by Statens Filmcentral, Udenrigsministeriet
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Jørgen Leth


Script Ole John


Production manager Ole John


Cinematography Dan Holmberg
Cinematography Jan Weincke
Cinematography Mikael Salomon
Cinematography Peter Klitgaard
Camera assistant Björn Blixt
Camera assistant Uffe Kaare Thomsen
Camera assistant Fritz Schrøder
Camera assistant Søren Berthelin
Camera assistant Torben Jensen
Camera assistant Jesper Find


Stills Vibeke Winding

Electrical dept.

Best boy Jan Weincke
Best boy Leif Barney Fick


Editing Anders Refn


Conductor Peter Ernst Lassen
Orchestra Det Kongelige Kapel


Sound Niels Bokkenheuser

Other credits

Expert Ebbe Mørk


Voiceover Jørgen Leth


Appearance Den Kongelige Ballet
Appearance Hans Brenaa

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