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  1. A new Giselle by Alexei Ratmansky for the United Ukrainian Ballet (60 exiled Ukrainian dancers) London Coliseum 13-17 September 2022 Casting info from London Coliseum so far is: Alina Cojocaru 14 & 16 Katja Khaniukova 13 & 15 (No info on Giselle for 17, and none on Albrecht .. fairly key in my opinion!) https://www.instagram.com/p/CfduE_nt9Mk/?igshid=NmZiMzY2Mjc= Booking is open for ENO supporters now, public from 11 July. All profits from ticket sales to DEC Ukraine appeal and United Ukrainian Ballet Foundation.
  2. It’s here! 🇺🇦 Decided to post this while waiting for the performance. Feeling both excited (about the largely unknown programme) and emotional (about the reason for the gala) but grateful we can do something positive and productive to help. Looking forward to seeing the dancers from English National Ballet, Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Company Wayne McGregor, and Northern Ballet, and having great music from the ENO Orchestra, and pianists Sasha Grynyuk and Julia Richter. So far, we’ve been told that Don Quixote pas de deux and Tchaikovsky pas de deux may be in the programme, although with galas/live performance, it can be subject to changes of course. It promises to be a powerful evening for such an important cause (and one of the earliest and speediest fundraising benefits for Ukraine of this kind to be organised in Britain). With thanks to annamicro for alerting forum members, Alina and Ivan for organising it, and all the artists for their artistry and contributions. Awaiting members’ thoughts and reactions after (and maybe before) the show. ❤️
  3. After two covid delays, Johan Kobborg's Romeo and Juliet finally took place tonight. The ballet is classically based but with some fresh updated touches and completely different from McMillan’s version. It lasted about 80 minutes with no interval. The opening was the same as the closing scene – Romeo and Juliet lying dead on a bier. This brought to mind classic Greek tragedy where the end of the story is inevitable and all events lead to the final calamity. Once the bier was removed (with a bit of creaking and pushing) Polunin swaggered onto the stage, resplendent in white tights and looking very handsome. Kobborg had provided showcase choreography to make Polunin immediately stride right to the front of the stage and dazzle with his trademark huge leaps and rapid spins of the kind that his audience seem to expect. He also included a cheeky mime about Romeo’s flirtatious habits with the girls! The scenery was a massive, many-staired structure that appeared to be made of grey concrete. This was manipulated to give different views for each scene – eg tall archways for the Capulet ball, a vertiginous staircase leading to a platform to serve as Juliet’s balcony. It seemed to be a dramatic and effective combination of the brutalist architecture of Denys Lasdun and the impossible staircases drawn by Maurits Escher. When Alina Cojocaru appeared she was the epitome of a pretty, spirited teenage girl. Her dancing, as always, was exquisite and her acting was such that by the end, when she awoke from the sleeping potion full of the joy of anticipation of being with her Romeo, and then had that joy crushed by the discovery of his body, it was absolutely heartrending. I noticed grown men around me weeping. The overall feel of the piece was somewhat timeless – the costumes attractive but anonymous; it is after all a tale that could be repeated to some degree in any time and country. Apart from the principals, there was great dancing from Daichi Ikarashi as Mercutio and Nikolas Gaifullin as Tybalt. Some very promising young dancers have been hand-picked by Polunin Ink to give them the opportunity they might not have in a traditional company, and at the same time to utilise their special talents. It was lovely to see Alina bring her Johan on to the stage to receive some of the rapturous applause. I fondly remembered enjoying seeing them dance together many years ago when they were both in the Royal Ballet – beautiful dancers individually but utterly enthralling when they were together on stage. But I digress. Tonight was a different experience, merging the old with the new. The (sold-out) audience were not typical of those at the Royal Opera House – they were mostly a lot younger, and extremely enthusiastic as the lengthy standing ovation showed. I believe it is Kobborg’s aim to keep ballet alive and also to keep it fresh, and in this he has succeeded. I enjoyed the evening very much and found it a distilled and different version of Romeo and Juliet which is both spectacular and moving. https://maryrosedouglasuk.wixsite.com/ballet
  4. News from Japan: Alina Cojocaru’s Dream Project 2020 is to be performed 5-11 February 2020 in Tokyo and Otsu-shi, Shiga and will feature Friedemann Vogel with Alina in Ballet Imperial in Programme A. Programme B will feature Sergei Polunin with Alina in the complete Marguerite and Armand. I am guessing Johan Kobborg will play Armand’s father. (He has already performed this role in 2016 when Alina and Friedemann were the leads.) Other participants announced so far are Osiel Gouneo and Nancy Osbaldeston. https://www.nbs.or.jp/stages/2020/cojocaru/index.html
  5. i am wondering how it went! anyone see any reviews anywhere? i didn't realize it was an outdoor venue, not being familiar with Italy.
  6. If anyone has tickets they can no longer use for Romeo and Juliet in Verona on Monday 26th August please let me know, as a fan is looking for 2 armchair seats together. Separately a friend has one spare (due to family life events) to sell. Let me know and I can put you in direct contact.
  7. I haven’t started a new thread before so please bear with me. Dance Europe subscribers will see an interesting interview in the July edition with Johan Kobborg (he is always interesting!) on the new Romeo and Juliet he is choreographing for Sergei Polunin and Alina Cojocaru in the main roles for Poluninink company. The premiere will be in the Arena Di Verona on Monday 26th August and it will be classical ballet (women en pointe, men in tights) we are told, with a modern take. Intriguing. There are frequent updates via twitter/instagram, from Johan mostly, including names of the others in the 24 strong cast including Valentino Zucchetti as Mercutio, Nikolas Gaifullin (principal at Atlanta Ballet) as Tybalt, and Ross Freddie Ray McCaw (role not yet known). I’m really looking forward to this unique potentially once in a lifetime event.
  8. Johan Kobborg has just announced on Facebook that his fiancée Alina Cojocaru gave birth to their baby daughter Thalia last week. Congratulations to them both!
  9. Just seen that the recording of La Corsair with Alina dancing as Medora is being released digitally this Thursday by Digital Theatre to stream, rent or buy. Great news
  10. 3 JUNE 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg have announced they will leave The Royal Ballet at the end of the 2012/13 season to pursue other artistic challenges. Their last performance at the Royal Opera House as members of The Royal Ballet will be in Mayerling on 5 June. They will fulfil their touring engagement with the Company with their scheduled performances on 10 and 12 July in Tokyo. They will both continue dancing and will shortly announce their future plans. Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said: “Alina and Johan have given many memorable performances as members of The Royal Ballet both at the Royal Opera House and around the world. Over the past ten years I have greatly enjoyed watching their unique partnership develop, as I know our audiences have, and I wish them every success in the next phase of their careers.” Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg joined The Royal Ballet in 1999. Speaking about their decision to leave the Company, they said: “We have had wonderful experiences with The Royal Ballet over the years and feel fortunate to have worked alongside so many inspiring artists. We wish Kevin O’Hare and The Royal Ballet's dancers and staff all the best for the future and would like to thank our loyal and supporting audience for sharing many magical moments with us.”
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