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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Neils Kehlet

Throwback Thursday and Neils Kehlet

Born in Denmark on September 6, 1938, Neils Kehlet entered the Royal Danish Ballet School in 1948. By 1957 he became a member of the company.

He danced many classical roles: Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty (see the Link of the Day below), Don Quixote pas de deux, Peter in Peter and the Wolf, and one of the leading male roles in Etudes. He may be best known for creating the role of Colas in Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee that was staged for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1964.

An 2005 article about The Bournonville Festival that marked the centenary of the choreographer’s death in 1979 by Tobi Tobias states: “…Niels Kehlet’s vivid naturalness in mime roles—he was an ingenious Gert in Kermesse, playing several layers of comedy at once. But Kehlet, at forty-one still the company’s signal example of the ebullience that is Bournonville, was given only the reprise of Napoli in which to display that unique virtuosity that is a metaphor for joy.”

He was also an actor, performing in  Flagermusen (1968).

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #306:
“Niels Kehlet is a Danish dancer and actor..”

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