Andreas Kaas

Andreas Kaas

Principal dancer

Born: 1993

Nationality: Danish

Education: The Royal Danish Ballet School, 2001-09

Career: Joined the Royal Danish Ballet as an apprentice in 2009 and became a member of the corps de ballet in 2012. In 2016 he was promoted to soloist and in 2018 to principal dancer.

Highlights from the repertoire with the Royal Danish Ballet: Armand Duval in The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier), Romeo and Prince Paris in Romeo and Juliet (John Neumeier), Siegfried and Benno in Swan Lake (Nikolaj Hübbe and Silja Schandorff, Albrecht in Giselle (Nikolaj Hübbe and Silja Schandorff), Jack/Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Christopher Wheeldon), The Writer in Beginning & Ending (Oliver Starpov), First pas de deux in Emeralds (George Balanchine), Otto and Beranger in Raymonda (Nikolaj Hübbe) and Tchaikovsky pas de deux (George Balanchine)

Creations: Le Chevalier Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons by Cathy Marston, The Writer in Beginning & Ending by Oliver Starpov, Terra Incognita by Robert Binet, Krash by Alessandro Sousa Pereira, In Life and Love and So On by Tilman O'Donnell, Traditional by Alessandro Sousa Pereira, Pupil in The Stolen Spring by Esther Lee Wilkinson and Aske in Bamse by Thomas Lund

Guest performances: The Nutcracker,Tivoli, 2016, Terra Incognita, Eye, Suffolk, 2016, 50 Years Jubilee Galla for Boris Akimov, The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 2016, 10 Years Jubilee Galla for Holland Dance Festival, 2016, Soloist and Principals of the Royal Danish Ballet’s Bournonville Celebration Tour, London and New York, 2015, guest performer with National Ballet of Canada, 2014, Dance Salad Festival, Houston, 2014, Danish Dance Theatre, Copenhagen, 2013 and 2016, Festival des arts des Saint-Sauveur, 2013, 40 Years Jubilee Galla for John Neumeier, Hamburg, 2013, The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize, Toronto, 2012, The Protégés III, Washington D.C., Kompagni B, 2011, Assemblé National, Toronto, 2009 

Other engagements: On the Front Row, documentary,DR3, 2017

Awards: Dronning Ingrids Hæderslegat, 2016, Vibeke Rørvigs Legat, 2015, Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Udvekslingslegat, 2014, Kgl. Balletdanserinde Lillian Jensen og Kgl. Solodanser Svend Erik Jensens Hæderslegat, 2014, Albert Gaubiers Hæderslegat, 2014, Winner of The Erik Bruhn Prize, 2012, Augustinus Rejselegat, 2010 and 2012, Cand.jur. Christian Frederik Børge Jacobsens Legat, 2010, Nationalbankens Jubilæumslegat, 2010, Toyota Fondens Rejselegat 2010 and 2012  


What was the first ballet you saw?
My grandmother took me and my twin brother to watch Tim Rushton’s The Red Balloon with kids from the school, and I remember I absolutely loved it. Right after the curtain went down, I told my grandmother that I wanted to be on that stage too! 

Why do you dance?
I dance because it’s my dream and my passion and it’s the only thing I can imagine myself working with, at least for now. I don’t know a lot of people who will actually get paid to work with their dream every day. I feel very lucky to do so!

Why do you think that ballet is relevant today?
Ballet is so relevant today because it’s a living and very unique art form. It’s so expressive, touching, moving and – most importantly – in the moment.

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