Royal Ballerinas up for Auction



Photographs of the Royal Danish Ballet from the acclaimed exhibition “The Essence of Ballet” by fine art photographer Ingrid Bugge will go under the hammer at a special auction in December.

 For two years, the Danish fine art photographer Ingrid Bugge followed the elegant dancers of the Royal Danish Ballet. The result this spring included both an impressive art book as well as the highly acclaimed exhibition at Silkeborg Bad. All the works from the exhibition will now be on sale at a special auction on 9 December. The pieces have their own photographic expression entirely and are not just one-to-one representations of ballerinas pirouetting.

Subjects in Motion, Painted Expression

Powerful grace and impressive lightness is to many people part of the essence of ballet – as are the narrative movements. How can one even represent this in a single shot? Ingrid Bugge has in her own fascinating way captured the light, graceful movements in her photographs of the Royal Danish Ballet. Several of the photographs have an almost painted expression inspired by, among others, Leonardo da Vinci and Edgar Degas. Others look like modern day versions of silver coloured ambrotypes, a classic photographic technique from the 1800s using very strong black and white tones.

Tutu Flowers and Decoupage Photography

Bugge has again and again captured the ballerinas’ delicate tutus in motion and transformed them into flower-like rosettes on a ballerina stem, and she has interpreted the dark and light elements of the classical romantic ballet performances through the use of black and white contrasts and the negative technique. She has ”repainted” the narrative movements with her camera, making the figures seem like they have been captured in mid-flickering motion. And this has also been Bugge’s intention with the photographic layered decoupage technique.

Preview and Auction

The auction presents 38 photographs in varied formats and expressions, which were taken during more than 10 different performances at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen – from ‘Enetime’ to ‘La Bayadere’.

During the preview for the international auction in Bredgade (No. 853), Ingrid Bugge will give ‘an artist talk’, where she will present a couple of her pieces and talk about working with the ballet ensemble and the photographic material. This takes place on Sunday 23 November at 2 pm. The preview of all Bugge’s works up for auction takes place at Baltikavej 10, 2150 Nordhavn on 8-9 December. The photographs will go under the hammer on Tuesday 9 December at at 6 pm, but you can already now place your bid. View all items

Photographs at Auction

Besides the auction of Ingrid Bugge’s works, we will be presenting a number of fine art photographs at the auction of modern art in Bredgade on 9 December as well as at our online auction on 2 December. More information about these auctions is available on

The New York City Ballet in six PlayStation commercials

You beat your friends. Make sure they never forget with a victory dance from the world’s greatest dancers, the New York City Ballet. Instagram your own victory dance for a chance to win a PS4 system for you and a friend. Tag it #PS4DanceContest. Learn more at

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E-traces is a concept mobile app for ballet dancers



Design and production of technologic pointé shoes allowing ballet dancers to recreate their movements in digital pictures using a mobile application included in the kit of the purchased product.

The concept of Electronic Traces is based on capturing dance movements and transforming them into visual sensations through the use of new technologies. To do this we focused on the ballet shoes themselves, which through the contact with the ground, and thanks to Lilypad Arduino technology, record the pressure and movement of the dancer’s feet and send a signal to an electronic device.A special application will then allow us to show this data graphically and even customize it to suit each user, through the different functions of this app.

The user can then view all the moves made in video format, extract images and even print them. Dancers can interpret their own movements and correct them or compare them with the movements of other dancers, as graphs created with motion may be the same or different depending on the type of movements executed and the correction of the steps and body position.

This is a project that can be extrapolated to other dance disciplines and the applications are multiple, from self- learning or dance classes to the graphical representation of live performance.


Disportrait – a documentary about Nacho Duato


After two decades as artistic director of Compañía Nacional de Danza in Madrid, and after having turned the dance company into one of the most renowned and successful in the world, the Spanish dance icon Nacho Duato is suddenly fired. The dismissal sends shock waves through the dance world, and is followed by rumours of jealousy, political pressure and dirty (power) games. Duato himself is devastated, but has no plans to return as a professional dancer on Spanish soil – ever. Driven by his incessant need to create and pursue his art form, he is drawn to St. Petersburg, where he assumes the Herculean task of modernising a very traditionally oriented Russian ballet troupe, even if his new life also means that he is thrown into social and cultural isolation.

“On the other hand, it’s better that they say “Maestro” than tell me to fuck off” – Nacho Duato.


Year: 2014
Production: Barok Film
Editor: Nanna Frank Møller
Script: Ulrik Wivel, Alejandro Alvarez
Music: NA
Dialogue: Spanish, Russian, English
Director: Ulrik Wivel, Alejandro Alvarez
Runtime: 52 Minutes
Camera: Ulrik Wivel
Country: Denmark
Producer: Ulrik Wivel, Alejandro Alvarez, Talal Al-Muhanna, Katrin Pors
Sound: Carlos Garcia
Original Title: Disportrait
With English Subtitles

Ballet 422

From first rehearsal to world premiere, BALLET 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. BALLET 422 illuminates the process behind the creation of a single ballet within the ongoing cycle of work at one of the world’s great ballet companies. In theatres February 6th.