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Principals

Ulrik Birkkjaer

Ulrik Birkkjaer

Biography

  • BORN

    Copenhagen, Denmark

  • TRAINING

    Royal Danish Ballet School
    Additional training with Kevin Haigen, Loipa Arouja, and Sorella Englund

  • San Francisco Ballet

    Joined the Company as a principal dancer in 2017

  • OTHER COMPANIES

    Royal Danish Ballet

Tomasson

Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince and Grand Pas de Deux Prince)

 

Balanchine

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement Principal)

Serenade (Dark Angel and Waltz Boy)

 

Bournonville

La Sylphide (Pas de deux)

 

Lander

Etudes (excerpt)

 

Marston

Snowblind (originated role of Ethan Frome)

 

Millepied

Appassionata

The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two

 

Neumeier

The Little Mermaid (The Poet)

 

Peck

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (originated)

Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

 

Pita

Björk Ballet (originated)

 

Rhoden

LET’S BEGIN AT THE END (originated)

 

Ratmansky

Chamber Symphony in Shostakovich Trilogy

 

Robbins

Fancy Free (Pas de deux Sailor)

 

Scarlett

Frankenstein (Victor Frankenstein)

Balanchine

Agon

Diamonds

Rubies

Serenade

Symphony in C

Symphony in Three Movements

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2

Theme and Variations

 

Bournonville

Conservatory 

Flower Festival in Genzano

A Folktale 

Napoli (Gennaro)

La Sylphide (James)

La Ventana

 

Cherkaoui 

L’homme de Bois (originated)

 

Englund/Hübbe

Giselle (Albrecht)

 

Hübbe

La Bayadère (Solor)

 

Kylián

Bella Figura

Petit Mort

Sechs Tanze

 

MacMillan

Manon (Des Grieux)

 

Martins 

Octet

 

Martins/Hübbe after Petipa

Swan Lake (Prince)

 

Neumeier

Lady of the Camellias (Armand)

Romeo and Juliet (Romeo)

 

Ratmansky

The Golden Cockerel (originated)

 

Wheeldon

The Sleeping Beauty (originated)

The Wanderers (originated)

  • Won the award for best male dancer at The International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada, in 2006.

  • Stager for “Jockey Dance” from From Siberia to Moscow for SF Ballet’s 2020 Opening Night Gala.
  • Organized, produced, and danced in a “Bournonville Legacy” tour to New York, Joyce Theater, in July 2019.
  • Performed as a guest artist with Lithuanian National Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and Japan’s Inoue Ballet.
  • Danced at galas in France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and the U.S.
  • Produced a Bournonville Celebration tour with Royal Danish Ballet principal dancers and soloists to New York City and London, 2015.
  • Produced Dancing for UNICEF, a benefit performance in Denmark, which raised $100,000, in 2011.