In connection with Ludvig Holbergs birthday, Theatre Director Kasper Holten has presented the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog to artists and staff of The Royal Danish Theatre. This year, two of Danish Dance Theatre’s choreographers, Alessandro Sousa Pereira & Sebastian Kloborg have been knighted, which can be seen as a huge recognition of their many years of work with dance.

3. dec. 2018


Alessandro Sousa Pereira has been dancing in Danish Dance Theatre since 2007, where he has also created several works for the company, including the power-driven KRASH, which will have it’s re-premiere at Takkelloftet at The Royal Theatre. A performance that characterizes Alessandro’s choreographic style with its vibrant, physical and animalistic movements. Read more about the performance HERE.


In recent years, Sebastian Kloborg has choreographed several works for Danish Dance Theater’s Generator project. He will also present a work for the company's future tour performance of Nightingale in 2020 together with Alessandro Sousa Pereira.


Other recipients of the Knight’s Cross of the order of Dannebrog 2018 are musicians Jacob Dam Fredens, opera soloist Johanne Bock, set designer Jonas Fly, member of the opera choir Sasse Flodgaard, actor Stine Stengade and Artistic Director of Corpus Tim Matiakis. Salary supervisor Lotte Girkov has received the Royal Medal of Reward and actor Maria Rossing was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the 1st Degree of the Order of Dannebrog.


Congratulations from Danish Dance Theatre to all of the recipients!




Pereira has worked as a dancer in Lina Pentiado Dance Company, Bahia Ballet and Tanz Graz and from 2003 to 2007 was a dancer with Ballet Theater München where he worked with choreographers such as Carolyn Carson, Jiří Kylián and Richard Alston.       


Since 2007, Pereira has been a dancer in Danish Dance Theater, where he also had the opportunity to choreograph such works as Crossing Silence in 2007, Unintended in 2010 and And I for You in 2011 which won the prestigious national talent award by the Reumert committee.


In 2012, he created the pas de deux Traditional for the international Erik Bruhn competition in Canada and for the first time in the competitions 10-year existence, Pereira received all three awards for the same piece. Pereira won the award for best choreographer, the two young dancers from The Royal Danish Ballet Ida Praetorius and Andreas Kaas won best female and best male dancer.



In 2015, Pereira choreographed Carmina Burana together with the Italian choreographer Fabio Liberti accompanied by Carl Orffs hypnotic music. Pereira has been part of the choreographic development program, The Generator, for the past two years.




Sebastian Kloborg is born in Denmark in 1986 and educated from the Royal Danish Ballet school in 2003 and joined the Royal Danish Ballet that same year.


He started choreographing in 2011 in a style described as an evolution of mime and gestures. He has created works for dance companies in Copenhagen, Beijing, Shanghai, Stuttgart, London and Hamburg. Since 2017 he has been a choreographic fellow with Danish Dance Theatre, where his first choreography ‘Walk the Beast’ was based on foley sounds on the theme of memory and loss of same.


His site specific works includes his Odyssey NOSTOS(or It’s All Greek To Me) from 2017 made for 7 cars and 6 dancers abd set in a parking garage in Copenhagen. In 2017 he started a collaboration with photographer Mathias Løvgreen on creating movement based installations aiming to challenge the public on how art is seen and presented.