Tivoli Ballet Theatre

The Pantomime Theatre is home to the Tivoli Ballet Theatre, Tivoli's in-house ballet company led by Artistic Director Peter Bo Bendixen

The company consists of 20 classically trained dancers from all over the world – including three character dancers from Denmark. Aside from the Royal Danish Ballet, the Tivoli Ballet Theatre is the only classically-based ballet company in Denmark.

Each summer, it stages almost 300 performances in the Pantomime Theatre, with genres spanning classical ballets, fairy tale ballets, modern works and traditional pantomime. Most have been created specifically for the company.

The Tivoli Ballet Theatre also produced the magical Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. Performed in the Tivoli Concert Hall in 2012 and 2014, this production features Queen Margrethe II of Denmark as set designer, and can be enjoyed once more in December 2016. Our partnership with the Queen dates back to 2001, when she became affiliated with the Pantomime Theatre as in-house set designer. She has since created décor and costumes for a variety of fairy tale ballets.

Tivoli Ballet School

Many of the Tivoli Ballet School's 220 students contribute to productions in the Pantomime Theatre and the Tivoli Concert Hall. As well as a close partnership on the stage and the exchange of teaching power, supporting talent development within the classical art form in Tivoli is one of the key tasks. 

Partnerships with other companies

Our partnerships with other companies extend well beyond the Pantomime Theatre, just as many of our dancers contribute to productions staged by other international companies during the Tivoli off season. 
We have a special partnership with the Royal Danish Theatre, with many of our dancers participating in their productions. Last year, our dancers were involved in the Royal Danish Ballet's production of Swan Lake as well as the operas Saul and David and I Vespri Siciliani. This year, six dancers are performing in Salome at the Copenhagen Opera House.
We also work with choreographer Tim Rushton of Danish Dance Theatre, who has created several modern ballets for our repertoire in the Pantomime Theatre. In August 2015, four dancers from the Tivoli Ballet Theatre participated in Copenhagen Summer Dance at the Copenhagen Police Headquarters. 

International relationships

We make good use of our international network to develop the Tivoli Ballet Theatre and recruit the best teaching power from other ballet schools and companies. We work with people in New York, Hamburg, Toronto, Paris and London, to name just a few.

The Pantomime Theatre and the Tivoli icons

The Pantomime Theatre enjoys a unique position in Tivoli both as a building and through the repertoire that is performed every summer. The theatre is Tivoli's oldest building and is an integral part of the long history of the gardens. 

Pierrot, Harlequin, Columbine and Cassandra are all Tivoli icons. They are not only seen in our pantomime performances, but are also well known outside Tivoli.

A royal cooperation

Queen Margrethe II

Queen Margrethe II has been the Pantomime Theatre's in-house set designer since 2001. Working closely with choreographer Dinna Bjørn and composer James Price, she has created décor and costumes for a variety of fairy tale ballets based on Hans Christian Andersen's stories. 

In 2012, the Queen also designed the sets for Tivoli's special version of The Nutcracker, which was also performed in 2014, 2016 and will be revived in December 2018.

The company's work with the Queen is always interesting and innovative – and in 2016, Tivoli produced a new ballet Cinderella, in which the Queen worked together with Danish singer and composer Oh Land and Russian choreographer Yuri Possokhov. 

Traning for beginners and experienced dancers

Tivoli Ballet School

As part of their training, students from the Tivoli Ballet School can gain stage experience by participating in many productions staged by the Tivoli Ballet Theatre, playing minor roles in classic pantomimes or ballets. 

It has long been traditional for children to participate in performances on the Pantomime Theatre's sloping stage. But since the ballet school was founded in 2012, the repertoire for young dancers has extended to include The Nutcracker in the Tivoli Concert Hall and The Red Balloon, a children's production at Dansehallerne – a joint project with Danish Dance Theatre.

Elite older students from the Tivoli Ballet School also take part in the pantomime performances, performing as fairies in the famous tableau that closes each pantomime.

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The Tivoli Ballet Theatre holds ongoing auditions in connection with new appointments for upcoming summer and winter seasons as well as for special projects. Professional dancers may also attend one of the company's classes.

There are no auditions planned for the time being. Please check this space for any news.

When we hold auditions, your application must include the following: 

1. A detailed CV which includes your height, weight, date of birth and nationality
2. A recent classical dance photograph (full length)
3. Profile photo (head and shoulders)
4. Video (at least one solo from your repertoire, 2 minutes)