About

FLEMMING FLINDT was born and educated in Copenhagen, Denmark, and became a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1960 he became a danseur etoile at the Paris Opera and appeared as a regular guest artist  with the London Festival Ballet, Ballet Rambert, The Royal Ballet and the Berlin Opera. Flindt's first ballet, THE LESSON, created for Danish television in 1963, received the Prix d'Italia. In 1965 Flindt was appointed Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet, at the age of 29, becoming the youngest director  since August Bournonville in 1829.

He choreographed and produced many full-length classics including SWAN LAKE and THE NUTCRACKER, as well as his own works such as THE MIRACOLOUS MANDARIN, THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE TRIUMPH OF DEATH. He was also responsible for introducing  choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Glen Tetley, Jose Limon and Murray Louis to European audiences.

In 1979 Flindt established his own company and created an international sensation with his full length production of SALOME to a commissioned score by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. While he was Artistic Director of the Dallas Ballet, Flindt worked with the composer Phillip Glass on a new ballet, PHAEDRA, and created CHILDREN'S SONGS to a score by Chick Corea. In 1988, Flindt staged his version of LA SYLPHIDE for La Scala in Milan and in 1989 created THE OVERCOAT for Rudolf Nureyev, which premiered in Florence.In 1992 Flindt created CAROLINE MATHILDE in collaboration with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for the Royal Danish Ballet. His dramatic talents also extended into the worlds of musicals, operetta and drama, including CYRANO and HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN for Gladsaxe Theater. He made his debut as a director for opera with THE LOVE OF THREE ORANGES for the Royal Danish Opera. Other operas include Johann Strauss DIE FLEDERMAUS, Jacques Offenbach's LA VIE PARISIENNE, and MASS FOR A CASE based on a work by Franz Kafka.

France has honored Flindt with the distinguished decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The governments of Denmark and Sweden have recognized him for his extraordinary contributions to the arts with a Commander of the Order of Dannebrog.  



© Flemming Flindt 2013