Harald Lander

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Harald Lander (aka Alfred Bernhardt Stevnsborg , born February 25, 1905 in Copenhagen ; † September 14, 1971 there ) was a Danish dancer and choreographer.

Lander was at the ballet school of the Royal Theater with Hans Beck and in 1923 became a member of the ballet company. 1926-27 he studied with Michel Fokine . He continued his training in the USA with Fokine, Nikolai Tarasow and Adolph Bolm before returning to the Royal Ballet as principal solo dancer.

1931 was the first ballet in his choreography to be gaucho . From 1932 to 1951 he directed the ballet as Royal Ballet Master. He brought masterpieces such as Fokines Les Sylphides , Petrushka and Prince Igor to Copenhagen and re-performed choreographies by August Bournonville . He himself choreographed more than thirty ballets, including Football (music by Francis Poulenc , 1933), Bolero (music by Maurice Ravel , 1934), The Little Mermaid (music by Fini Valdemar Henriques , 1936), and The Seven Deadly Sins (music by Kurt Weill , 1936), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (music by Paul Dukas , 1940) and Étude (music by Carl Czerny , arranged by Knudåge Riisager , 1948).

In 1951 he went to the Paris Opera as a choreographer , and in 1956 he became a French citizen. Here he choreographed a. a. Printemps à Vienne (music by Franz Schubert , 1954) and Concerto aux étoiles (music by Béla Bartók , 1956) and re-performed choreographies by Vincenzo Galeotti such as The Whims of Cupid and Les Indes galantes . Étude was also premiered in Paris. In addition, he led his own works and works by Galeotti and Bournonville a. a. with the Companies des Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas , the London Festival Ballet , the American Ballet Theater and La Scala in Milan.

In 1962 he returned to Copenhagen and performed Les Victoires de l'amour (music by Jean-Baptiste Lully , 1962) alongside his own old works . Lander was married three times: from 1931 to 1950 with the dancer Margot Lander , then until 1965 with the dancer Toni Lander , and finally with Lise Lander . In 1951 he was named a Knight of the Dannebrog Order and received the Medal of Honor from the City of Paris.