About Kim Brandstrup

Kim Brandstrup (CBA ’20) is Danish-born, London-based Kim Brandstrup is a multi award-winning choreographer and filmmaker. He studied Film at the University of Copenhagen, then dance and choreography with Nina Fonaroff at the London School of Contemporary Dance, running his own company, Arc, for 20 years. Since 2005 as a freelance choreographer he has worked extensively with Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Rambert, and many others. He has also worked in close collaboration with director Deborah Warner, most recently on Billy Budd (Royal Opera House) and Eugene Onegin (The Met). As a film-maker, he made Leda & the Swan commissioned by the Royal Ballet, and most recently FACES with Carlos Acosta, Alina Cojacaru and Zenaida Yanowsky for the opening of the Linbury at the Royal Opera House. Awards include two Olivier Awards (1989 & 2010), the Wilhelm Hansen Honorary Prize (2016), the 2016/17 Reumert award, and the 2016 Critic’s Circle National Dance Award. He was awarded an AHRB Research Grant in 2003-2006 and was a Research Fellow at Middlesex University in 2003-2018. For the past two decades he has been a mentor for young dancers and choreographers including for The Royal Ballet (Dancelines 2003-2007), Royal Ballet Flanders, Royal Danish Ballet, and Rambert.

At CBA, Brandstrup will initiate an artistic project around the relationship between music and dance under the umbrella title Again, Again, Again – on rhythm and the indefatigable pleasures of repetition. Alongside academic research he will make a new piece for Fall For Dance with NYCB’s Sara Mearns and Taylor Stanley, and will devise and lead a mentoring program for a select group of choreographers.

The Director’s Fellowship gives a CBA residency to artists, scholars, and practitioners who have made significant contributions to the field of dance. Director’s Fellows have access to CBA’s studio and office spaces, NYU’s academic resources, and a stipend to pursue projects of their own design. Director’s Fellows bring deep expertise and informed practical guidance to the residency, strengthening the work of CBA’s fellows, staff, and community at large. The fellowship is given at the discretion of CBA’s Founder and Director, Jennifer Homans.


Headshot of Kim Brandstrup.
Headshot of Kim Brandstrup.