ALINA COJOCARU - Press kit


ALINA COJOCARU


Born in Bucharest , Alina trained in Kiev for seven years before joining the Royal Ballet School in 1997. Upon completion of her training, six month later, she returned to Kiev, to join the company as a principal dancer. A year later she joined the Royal Ballet Company (november 1999) and at the end of the season she was promoted to Soloist. On 17April 2001 Sir Anthony Dowell promoted Alina to the rank of principal dancer after her performance of Giselle. While a member of the Royal Ballet she continues to perform as a guest artist with companies worldwide. Alina has Organized Gala's in Romania and in London (Hospice of Hope) over the last few years.  


Repertory includes: 


Odette/Odile in Swan Lake,Juliet in Romeo and Juliet,Giselle,Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in Sleeeping Beauty,Vera in A Month in the Country,Kitri in Don Quixote,Olga and Tatiana in Onegin,Cinderella,The Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in Nutcracker,Titania in Dream,Nikiya in Bayadere, Diamonds in Jewels,Symphonic Variations,Mary Vetsera in Mayerling,Manon,La Sylphide,Swanilda in Coppelia,Scenes de Ballet,Gong,Masquerade,Polyphonia,Symphony in C,Chloe in Daphnis and Chloe,Lise in Fille Mal Gardee,Student in The Lesson, Duo Concertant,The Leaves Are Fading,Other Dances,Voices of Spring,Beyond Bach,Tombeaux,Ondine,Virtiginous Thrill Of Exatitude,Fest Polonaise,Stars and Stribes,Raymonda act 3,Flames of Paris,Corsaire,Flower Festival,Napoli act 3,Grand Pas Classique,Tjakovski Pas de Deux.Musorgski Waltz,Dances at a Gathering,Dying Swan,Rushes,Two Footnotes,Chroma,Bird as a Prophet and many more. 


Created Roles includes: 


Musketeer and Valse (Rubina Alla Davidovna),Swanilda(Anatolyi Shekera's Coppelia), Ad infinitium (Vanessa Fenton), There where she loves (Christopher Wheeldon),This House will Burn (Ashley Page),Les Saisons(David Bintley),Two Footnotes,Bird as a Prophet,Rushes(Kim Brandstrup), Engram and Chroma(Wayne McGregor), Les Lutins and La Sylphide (Johan Kobborg)


As a Guest Artist: 


She has appeared with the Kirov Ballet, Paris Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Danish Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Viena State Opera, Zurich Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, La Scala, Nacional Ballet Of Cuba, Teatro Colon,National Ballet of Romania, South African Ballet Theater,Zagreb Ballet. Galas with Hamburg Ballet ,La Scala Ballet, National Ballet Of China, Ballet Basel, Munich Ballet, Dortmund Ballet, National Ballet of Finland, Morphoses Company, The 10th, 11th and 12th World Ballet Festival (Tokyo) as well as galas in South Korea, Portugal, Italy, Sweden,USA and Denmark. 


Prizes and awards includes: 


The Nijinsky Award (2004 Best female Dancer). Benois De la Dance (2004 Best female dancer) 1 Internationaler Movimentos Tanz Preis (2004 Best female dancer) Nagoya International Ballet Competition (Gold Medal) Prix De Lausanne (1997 winner) Critics' Circle Dance Award ( 2002 Best female dancer). April 2002 she was given by the president of Romania Ion Iliescu, the medal of Cavaler of Romania (Ordinul national "Pentru Merit"in gradul de cavaler). 


Video,TV and live relays include: 


Swan Lake, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Onegin, Daphnis and Chloe, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle,The South Bank Show, The Dream, Mime Matters, Don Quixote and pas de deuxs in various galas. 






JOHAN KOBBORG



Born in Odense, Denmark Johan entered the Royal Danish Ballet School in 1988. Having spend most of his childhood performing in various theater plays, musicals, TV series and productions, as well as travelling Europe as a classically-trained singer, Johan's future was thought to be as a singer/actor. Only after entering the Royal Danish Ballet School (aged 16) did his focus turn completely onto pursuing a career in dance. After a year at the school he became an apprentice with the company and during this time made his stage debut, dancing the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. He joined the Royal Danish Ballet as a full-time member in 1991. Johan was promoted to Principal Dancer by Peter Schaufuss in 1994, after his debut as James in La Sylphide. For the first time in the history of the Royal Theater this took place on stage, in front of the audience. Having danced most leading parts in the Danish repertoire, he joined the Royal Ballet in 1999, after having performed with the company as a guest artist. While a member of the Royal Ballet he continues to perform as a guest artist with companies worldwide. He is further more part of the Kings of The Dance project that opened in the USA (New York and Orange County), and recently toured Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Perm).


Repertoire:


Prince (Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake), Solor, Basilio, Romeo, Onegin, Lenski, Albrecht, Oberon, Franz, Rudolf, Des Grieux, Colas, James, Gennaro, Hamlet, Messenger of Death, Paquita, The Leaves Are Fading, Agon, Masquerade, Remanso, Les Rendezvous, The Sleepwalker, Symphonic Variations, In the middle somewhat elevated, Aureole, Scenes de ballet, Danses concertantes, Les Saisons, Symphony in C, Anastasia, Concerto, Gaite Parisienne, Stars and Stribes, Flames of Paris, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Corsaire, Flower Festival in Genzano, Santanilla, Red Shoes, Voices of Spring, The Lesson, Vestris, Kermesse in Bruges, Fearfull Symmetries, Zakouski, Virtiginous Thrill Of Exatitude, Fest Polonaise, A Folktale, Etudes, The Concert, Dance Variations, Polacca, Hommage to a Princess, Suite en Blanc, Mahler's 5, Who Cares?, Beyond Bach, Duo Concertant, Tombeaux, Two Footnotes to Ashton, Afternoon of a Faun, Dances at a Gathering, Other Dances, For Four, Dear Norman, Les Sylphides and many more.


As a guest artist:


He has appeared with the Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, La Scala Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Ballet Nacional of Cuba, Wiener Staatsoper Ballet, National Ballet of Romania, Hungarian National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, National Ballet of China, Tokyo Ballet, South African Ballet Theater, Scottish Ballet, Munich Ballet, Kobayashi Ballet (Tokyo), New National Theater Ballet (Tokyo), Star Dancers Company (Tokyo), Inoue Ballet (Tokyo), Ballet Basel, Royal Danish Ballet, Hannover Ballet, Dortmund Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, National Ballet of Finland, Norwegian National Ballet and more. Other countries where Johan has performed in galas include: Brazil, Portugal, Iceland, Malaysia, South Korea, France, USA, Poland, Latvia, Czech Republic, Turkey.


As artistic director/producer/choreographer: 


2009, johan stages La Sylphide for the National Ballet of Lithuania, and in May 09 creates Les Lutins for the Royal Ballet.

In 2008, johan stages his production of La Sylphide for The Bolshoi Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Kobayashi Ballet.

In January 2007 Johan staged and did costume designs for Diverts from Napoli for the Royal Ballet. 

In October 2005 the Royal Ballets 05/06 season opened with Johan's new production of La Sylphide. Johan has put on international ballet galas in Copenhagen, 2001 (Denmark), taken the Bournonville Group to Genzano in 1999 (Italy) and in September 2003 he created his own show, Out of Denmark, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London).

In 2005/06/07/08/09 Johan directed gala performances in Sweden and Denmark.

He has staged Bournonville divertissements and pas de deuxs, such as Napoli act III, Flower Festival in Genzano, La Sylphide, Wilhelm Tell and many more. 


Creations by:


Flemming Flindt, Kim Brandstrup, Peter Schaufuss, David Bintley, Christopher Wheeldon, Ashley Page, Michael Corder, Stanton Welch, Stephen Pier, Tim Rushton, Anna Laerkesen, Thordal Christensen, Will Tucket, Anders Christiansen, Christopher Hampson, Annette Abildgaard and others.


Video, TV and live relays:


Cinderella, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Onegin, Sleeping Beauty, Mime Matters, 50 Bournonville Enchainements, A Folktale, The South Bank Show, The Dream, and pas de deuxs in various galas.


Awards:


Eurovision Ballet Competition, Helsinki, (3'rd Prize, 1991)

Erik Bruhn Competition, Canada, (Gold, 1993) 

Nureyev International Ballet Competition, Hungary (Gold and Grand Prix, 1994) 

USA International Ballet Competition, Jackson, USA, (Gold and Grand Prix, 1994) 

Critics' Circle Dance Award (Best Male Dancer 2001) 

The Positano Award: Premio al Valore (Italy 2004) 

Mr. Kobborg has been nominated for the Benois de La Danse and was nominated for the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award, for his production of La Sylphide and for his performance in The Lesson. Was Nominated for the Russian Golden Mask, best ballet production, for His La Sylphide, and in the category Best Choreographer and Coach, La Sylphide. 

He has recieved many Danish ballet Grants and Awards.