Biography

Was born and educated in Copenhagen, Denmark, and became a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1960, he became danseur йtoile at the Paris Opйra and appeared as a regular guest artist with the London Festival Ballet, Ballet Rambert, TheRoyal Ballet, and the Berlin Opera. Flindt’s first ballet, The Lesson, created for Danish television in 1963, received the Prix Italia. In 1965 Flindt was appointed Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet at the age of 29, becoming the youngest director since Auguste Bournonville in 1829.

His dramatic talents also extend into the worlds of musicals, operetta and drama. In 1979, Flindt established his own company and created an international sensation with his full length production of Salome and in 1992 he created Caroline Mathilde both to a commissioned scores by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. While he was Artistic Director of the Dallas Ballet, Flindt worked with composer Philip Glass on a new ballet, Phaedra. In 1989 he created The Overcoat for Rudolf Nureyev, which premiered in Florence.

France has honored Flindt with the distinguished decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The governments of Denmark and Sweden have recognized him for his extraordinary contributions to the arts with a Knighthood of First Degree.

In 1989-90 he staged The Lesson and The Toreador for San Jose Cleveland Ballet and recreated The Overcoat for the Company’s European debut at the Edinburgh International Festival, starring Rudolf Nureyev. Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley has also presented Flindt’s stunning productions of Red Shoes or Legs of Fire, Miraculous Mandarin, Out of Africa or Lucifer’s Daughter and La Ventana.