Cojocaru’s solid technique is complemented by acting that reaches to the very depth of the viewers’ souls, whether she’s a fizzing Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, the peasant girl deceived by an aristocrat who nevertheless finds life-saving forgiveness in her spirit in Giselle, or the exotic temple dancer Nikiya in the Russian classic La Bayadère – to mention but a few of the many roles of her illustrious career.
Now a lead principal dancer with English National Ballet and a guest principal with Hamburg Ballet, Alina Cojocaru was for many years a leading member of the Royal Ballet. There she met the Danish star Johan Kobborg, with whom she formed the perfect onstage partnership, which then evolved into a life partnership.
Kobborg is in his mid-40s and no longer dancing regularly, but he has produced programmes starring Alina, where he often makes cameo appearances.
The programme coming to Sadler’s Wells this winter brings together Cojocaru and Kobborg, as dancers, co-producers and choreographers.
Full details of the programme have now been announced. The final work is Ashton's ultra-Romantic Marguerite et Armand, set to Liszt's B minor piano sonata. Cojocaru will reprise the role of the consumptive courtesan Marguerite, the identity of her Armand is still a closely guarded secret; and Kobborg will be Armand's father.
The first half of the programme includes a number of short works. Johan Kobborg is the choreographer of Les Lutins, a short piece which has been in the offing for a long time, but is now finished. There's a new work by Tim Rushton, Reminiscences, with music by Arvo Pärt. The programme will present the world premiere of Journey, choreographed by Juliano Nunes on music by Luke Howard.
Two short films by the Danish choreographer and film maker Kim Brandstrup complete the first half, alternating with the live pieces. Both are triptychs, close-up studies of three characters, in one case three dancers, Alina being one of them; in the second, three of Alina's former teachers in Kiev.
Unusually for this type of event, there will be live music.
|What||Alina Cojocaru, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
20 Feb 20 – 23 Feb 20, 19:30 Sat mat 14:30 Sun at 16:00 Dur TBC
|Price||£15-£85 (+booking fee)|
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