Danny Rosseel









Danny Rosseel
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Originally from Antwerp, Belgium, the Flemish dancer and choreographer Danny Rosseel began his dance career abroad and in 1970 became a member of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Under the direction of Jeanne Brabants he danced with the company as a soloist for many years.

In 1981 he started his choreographic work. During the following years he created works e.g. Effusions, The Dream, Cutting Corners (Greco Festival, Barcelona 1984).

During the 1984 - 1985 season he was assistant to the then artistic director Valerie Panov. In 1985, until 1987, he was appointed choreographer/ballet master for the musical division of the Royal Ballet of Flanders, creating the choreography and giving movement advice for e.g. Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Little Shop of Horrors, Fiddler on the Roof. Several theatre companies regularly invite him as choreographer and movement adviser for drama productions.

From the 1987-88 season on he was assistant to the artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Mr Robert Denvers. As resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet of Flanders he created the ballets Distant Mirror, Solid Ground, Spent Passions, Disregarding Changes to music by Crumb, Pärt, Sculthorpe, Gorecki. Several of his works have been recorded by Belgian and Dutch Television.

In 1996 Danny Rosseel presented Slightly Sinful, a choreography to music by Thomas Oboe Lee. This work, commissioned and recorded by Belgian Television BRTN, under the direction of Dirk Grijspeirt, was awarded the prestigious prize of the 34th international "Golden Prague" TV Festival 1997, the "Czech Crystal". Since then the filmed version has been broadcast by Dutch, Swedish and Czechoslovakian television.
This creation was also part of the program "Different Moves" that looked back at the highlights of his existing choreographies. The idea for this program originated in The Hague, The Netherlands, where the direction of the AT&T Danstheater showed a keen interest in Rosseel's work.

The following creation Silent Night, a solo for a woman, to music by Alfred Schnittke was filmed by Belgian television BRTN. The complete stage version Silent Night, Still We Dream, a duet, to music by Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt was premiered during the 1997-98 season.

In 1998-99 he created the ballet Seen Within a Square, set to the second cello suite by J.S. Bach, performed live by the cellist Olivier Ghislain. For the 2003-04 season the ballet was restaged. This time it was accompanied by Mieke De Lauré as well as the widely known Belgian cellist Roel Dieltiens.
Forgotten Journey was created for the 1999-2000 season to music by Gavin Bryars and was recorded by Belgian television that same season.

Inner Glances  Moving views  Different Moves
Following the highly successful "Different Moves", the Royal Ballet of Flanders program for the 2001-02 season featured "Moving Views". Three ballets from the choreographer's exciting repertoire and a new creation Drifting Inwards to the electric-acoustic score of the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho made up this program.

The creation Unveiled Senses, to music by Peter Sculthorpe, premiered in September 2003. During the season 2003-04 the Royal Ballet of Flanders programmed another successful evening around his work, titled Inner Glances.
Since the season 2005-06 he is working as a freelance choreographer.

In recent years 5 of his ballets have enjoyed their American permière with the Maximum Dance Company in Miami, Florida.