Mr. Peter Schaufuss
Mr. PETER SCHAUFUSS
Peter Schaufuss started at the Royal Danish Ballet School when he was 7 years old, and, as an apprentice, had his debut with the company in DON QUIXOTE’s pas de deux, after which he was taken into the company. Shortly afterwards, he was offered a soloist’s contract at the Canadian National Ballet and after two seasons he returned to Copenhagen, before being invited to London Festival Ballet as principal dancer. In this period Schaufuss established himself as an international guest dancer within the entire classical repertoire, in companies including the Kirov Ballet in St Petersborg and American Ballet Theatre in New York, the Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal Ballet in London. He also worked with the New York City Ballet and George Balanchine, who created two ballets for him. Other leading choreographers who choreographed specifically for Schaufuss were Roland Petit (The Paris Opera), Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Frederick Ashton.
Schaufuss has produced Bournonville’s FOLKTALE, NAPOLI and LA SYLPHIDE in addition to GISELLE and the three Tchaikovsky classics SWAN LAKE, SLEEPING BEAUTY and THE NUTCRACKER for companies including Berlin Ballet, Deutsche Oper Berlin, National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, San Carlo Opera Ballet, Naples, Stuttgart Ballet, Vienna Opera Ballet, Roland Petit Ballet Company, Marseille, La Scala, Milano, Florence Opera Ballet, Ater Balletto, Rome Opera Ballet, Wiesbaden Ballet, Zurich Ballet and Ballet West in Salt Lake City. He has also created his own ballet of Shakespeare’s HAMLET.
Schaufuss has worked as dancer, Director and choreographer in a number of television programmes, and has had his own 4-part television serial for the BBC in England, which was then broadcasted around the world. He has won a number of international awards in recognition of his contribution to the international ballet scene including the Olivier & the Evening Standard Awards. In 1988 he was knighted in Denmark, and in 1995 was made an Officer of the Belgian Order of La Couronne.
After being Director of the London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) where he founded the English National Ballet School, Berlin Ballet at Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Royal Ballet in Copenhagen, Schaufuss established his own company, the Peter Schaufuss Ballet.
The company is based in Holstebro, Denmark, and is the first independent, international touring ballet company in Denmark. THE TCHAIKOVSKY TRILOGY (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty & The Nutcracker), the company’s opening pieces, have toured extensively within Denmark, and also internationally to Spain, Germany, Norway, Edin-burgh, London, Paris, Istanbul & Hong Kong to great public and critical acclaim, winning the Randa award and the Star Prize in Esbjerg as the public’s favourite production of 1997. Schaufuss has followed the success of the TCHAIKOVSKY TRILOGY with many performances since then, and the company still enjoys the audience successes nationally and internationally.