The Capital’s Ballet fans are in for a real treat this month as Alina Cojocaru, lead principal dancer with Sadler’s Wells Associate Company English National Ballet, and resident guest artist with Hamburg Ballet, both curates and performs at the famous Rosebery Avenue theatre.
We’re promised some special guest appearances alongside the celebrated Romanian ballerina including long-time collaborator, Johan Kobborg. The Danish ballet star first partnered with Cojocaru in back in 2001 when the Bucharest-born ballerina was called upon to fill in for the lead in a production of Romeo and Juliet – and the rest is history. The couple are a match made in dance heaven with the Financial Times commenting on their “uncanny synchronicity”, and some comparing their symbiotic partnership to that of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, no less.
The programme features both newly created pieces and existing classics, so whether you prefer classical or contemporary ballet, both styles are celebrated here. Expect Sir Frederick Ashton’s spirited Les Lutins and the iconic Marguerite and Armand, first performed by Fonteyn and Nureyev in 1963, with choreography by Kobborg.
New work includes Reminiscence with choreography by Tim Rushton and music by Arvo Pärt. In a world premiere, Journey, with choreography by Juliano Nunes and music by Luke Howard will be performed. Add to that a specially commissioned film by Kim Brandstrup, as well as an excerpt from his 2018 film Faces, and this promises to be a veritable feast for eyes and ears.
To whet your appetite, here’s Alina behind the scenes:
Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 February, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R (020 7863 8000; sadlerswells.com)