- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Royal Danish Ballet School
- Company Membership
Joined the Company as a principal dancer in 2017
Before joining San Francisco Ballet, Ulrik Birkkjaer danced such major roles as James in Bournonville’s La Syphide; Albrecht in Englund/Hübbe’s Giselle; Solor in Hübbe’s La Bayadère; Des Grieux in MacMillan’s Manon; Prince in Martins/Hübbe’s (after Petipa) Swan Lake; Armand in Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias; and Romeo in Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet. He created principal roles in Cherkaoui’s L’homme de Bois, Ratmansky’s The Golden Cockerel (Prince), and Wheeldon’s The Sleeping Beauty (Prince) and The Wanderers.
His repertory includes principal and soloist roles in Balanchine’s Agon, Diamonds, Rubies, Serenade, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, and Theme and Variations; Bournonville’s Conservatory, A Folktale, and La Ventana; Kylián’s Bella Figura, Petit Mort, and Sechs Tanze; and Martins’ Octet.
As a guest artist, Ulrik performed with Lithuanian National Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and Japan’s Inoue Ballet, and at galas in France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and the U.S. He produced a tour, “Bournonville Celebration,” to New York City and London in 2015, and a benefit performance, “Dancing for UNICEF,” in Denmark in 2011.
Ulrik won the award for best male dancer at The International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada, in 2006.