Gudrun Bojesen


Principal dancer

Born: 1976, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Gudrun Bojesen was admitted to the Royal Danish Ballet School in 1984, in 2000 she was made soloist with the company and in 2001 she was promoted to principal dancer.

Other appearances

Besides her many leading roles with the Royal Danish ballet, Gudrun Bojesen has performed throughout most of Europe, China, Canada and the USA in numerous Bournonville ballets, such as La Sylphide and Napoli at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Madrid, Pragh and Rome; A Folk Tale and Napoli in Beijing, and The Kermesse in Bruges and Gala Romantica in Rome. Tarantella and Flower festival in Genzano in Spoleto, Tjaikovskij pas de deux in Nerja, Giselle in Dresden, Rheingold in La Scala Milan with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and in 2014 she took part of the creation and world premiere of Alexander Ekmans A swan lake with the Norwegian national ballet.

Principal awards and grants

The 1997 Sven Aage Larsen Award, the 1999 Bournonville Award, the 2000 Albert Gaubier’s Award as well as The John Audun Roager and Else Marie Duvier’s Grant in 2000, Premio Positano 2001, the Hans Beck’s Memorial Award 2001, the Niels Mathiasen Award 2004, and the theatre journalists Theatre Cup in 2005, Reumert Dancer of the year 2008 and in 2013. Nominated for Benois de la danse in 2013 for her role Marguerite in Dame of les camellias.

Instructing, teaching and choreographed works

She instructed La Ventana for Royal Danish ballet in 2013 and choreographed for Maria de Buenos Aires for the Opera festival in Copenhagen the same year. She was instructor in Oslo for the National Norwegian ballet in 2014 and in 2017 she created Hells Courtesan, a danceperfomance together with par cour and street performer: Lars Libak for the music festival in Fejø and Frederiksværk.

In 2016 she retired as principal dancer from Royal Danish ballet and has taught at the Royal Danish balletschool since and recently staged pas de six of Napoli in Saint Petersburg for the Vaganova academy.
Last Spring in 2019 she joined for a Tedxtalk in Odense and has recently appeared as characterdancer in a world premiere of the ballet Blixen in the title role Karen Blixen.

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