Mysterious Sylphide in new opera stage


The new sylphs Cristina Dijimaru and Rin Okuno, for the first time in March 23 and 30 shows.

The ballet “La Sylphide” whose national premiere took place in late 2013 with internationally famous prime-soloists Alina Cojocaru and Steven McRae in the major roles, returns on the stage in a new interpretation. One of the shows was to take place last night at 7 pm with the major role belonging to prime soloist Cristina Dijimaru, and the other is scheduled for March 30 at the same hour with ballet dancer Rin Okuno in the role of La Syphide. Both ballet shows are played on the stage of the Bucharest National Opera, reports an institution website.
“There are some ballet dancers who play La Sylphide’s role as if she were innocent, naïve and loving, others interpret her as manipulative, another version of the witch Madge. There are some many different facets you can play these characters that can make them interesting and lively today, even if they are so old… The viewers can come and see the show several times because I know it will be different each time, even if the choreography does not change,” said choreographer Johan Kobborg.
Although the ballet is called “La Sylphide” (The Sylph), for Kobborg the main character is James: “Everything can be perceived from James’ perspective.” The newest member of the Ballet Company will make his debut in this role, Polish Dawid Trzensimiech, former ballet dancer of the Royal Ballet in London. The ballet stage design,  inspired from Scotland’s landscapes, belongs to Russian-born artist Natalia Stewart, who cooperated with famous artists, scenographers, choreographers and dancers at the Royal Opera House in London to set the stage of the works of George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and Keneth Macmillan.
Prime-soloist Cristina Dijimaru took many dancing tournaments between 2002 and 2006 with maestros Gilbert Meyer and Sergiu Stefanski for classical dance, with Rosa Olimpya Estrella for flamenco and a improvement training course for Kylian technique with Arlette Von Boven. Along many awards at national Olympiads, she was finalist in 2005 at Premio Roma (Italy) and she was awarded the Prize of Excellence in 2011 at Sibiu International Ballet Competition. She has been a soloist of the National Opera of Bucharest since 2007.
Joining the Ballet Company of the National Opera of Bucharest in 2012, ballerina Rin Okuno started to study dance at Swako Murase Ballet Studio (Japan) and she improved by workshops at the Royal Ballet School in Denmark, at the Ballet School of choreograph John Cranko (Germany), at the Ballet in Hamburg, at the European Centre of Dance in Paris, at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy in New York. Since 2005, she has won dozens of awards at ballet competition in Japan, the US, China, etc.
Artistic director of the National Romanian Ballet Johan Kobborg is former premier danseur of the Danish Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet of London and guest of the major companies in the world. Over the past few years, Johan Kobborg has remarked as choreographer as well, his works being presented at the Royal Ballet in London, the Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Royal Ballet of New Zealand, etc. In 2009, his show “La Sylphide” at the Bolshoi Theatre was nominated for the prize “Gold Mask” in Moscow for the best show of the year.

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