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Johan Kobborg to direct National Romanian Ballet

Posted on December 9, 2013


kobborgmayerlingbillcooperJohan Kobborg has been appointed director of the National Romanian Ballet. He will take up his new post in February 2014. The announcement came after the first night of Kobborg’s production of La Sylphide for the company, which opened on December 7.



Kobborg is engaged to Romanian ballerina Alina Cojocaru, who danced the first night La Sylphide with The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae. Kobborg has praised the company, saying on Twitter that “Romanian Ballet has more natural born Sylphs than any other comp. I ever worked with”. In recent years, Cojocaru has staged galas to raise money for Romanian Hospices of Hope. She has also given the Romanian National Ballet 50% of its annual supply of pointe shoes.


Born and trained in Denmark, Kobborg joined The Royal Ballet in 1999. He and Cojocaru both left the company at the end of last season. Kobborg has also worked around the world as a producer and choreographer, staging Bournonville’s La Sylphide and Napoli and creating his own ballets. 


Picture: Johan Kobborg in Mayerling. Photograph: Bill Cooper, courtesy of The Royal Opera House


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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