Posted on April 5, 2016
Johan Kobborg has apparently been fired as director of the ballet of the Bucharest National Opera. His name has been removed from the company’s website without comment.
Kobborg has posted the following statement on Twitter on April 5:
“It is with heavy heart I find my name removed as artistic director of the ONB company. I have nothing but love for the dancers. I will dream of one day returning and finishing what we started. I am sorry dancers that I didn’t get a chance to tell you personally. Be strong. You [are] all beautiful.”
Appointed director in 2013, Kobborg has considerably raised the profile of the Bucharest company, with ambitious stagings including Bournonville’s La Sylphide and Kenneth MacMillan’sManon. He was interviewed about his plans for the company in the September 2015 issue of Dancing Times.
Picture: Johan Kobborg in The Royal Ballet production of Mayerling. Photograph: Bill Cooper, courtesy of the Royal Opera House
Below: statement from Kobborg’s Twitter feed, showing the updated Bucharest National Ballet website