Choreographer and ballet dancer Johan Kobborg will coordinate the new ballet department of the National Opera in Bucharest (ONB), according to an announcement made by the director of the institution, Razvan Ioan Dinca. The announcement was made at the end of the first night of ‘La Sylphide’ – the first show ever signed by Kobborg – at the ONB, the protagonist of which was Alina Cojocaru. Dinca also said that, starting on January, the National Opera in Bucharest will have a special ballet department to stage professional ballet shows. “Beginning with January 2014, the one to coordinate the ballet department – called also the National Romanian Ballet – will be choreographer Johan Kobborg,” announced the director of ONB, who also specified that the first day of work of the Danish artist in Bucharest will be January 24. An honorific agreement was signed by the two in this respect.
Alina Cojocaru was welcomed with minutes of applause by the audience present at the premiere of ‘La Sylphide’. Present at the premiere there were family members of the artist, the Ambassador of the Great Britain in Bucharest, Martin Harris, Ion Iliescu, Adrian Cioroianu and Mircea Diaconu. In the end of the show, Alina Cojocaru gave autographs to her admirers for a half an hour in the Opera House lobby.
Johan Kobborg was the first soloist of the Royal Danish Ballet, of the Royal Ballet in London and a guest of the most important ballet companies worldwide. In the latest years, Johan Kobborg imposed also as a choreographer, his works being presented on the stage of the Royal Ballet in London, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the Royal Ballet in New Zealand etc. Mounted at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2009,’La Sylphide’ received the ‘Golden Mask’ Award in Moscow for the best show of the year.
Alina Cojocaru, designated the Ballerina of the Decade (Moscow, 2010) performed on Sunday with the first soloist of the Ballet Theatre in London, Steven McRae, the winner of the Dancing Times Award for ‘The Best Dancer’ at the National Dance Award (UK, 2011).