Jonathan Cope retires
Posted 31 August 2005 - 04:39 AM
The full press release is on the Royal Ballet site.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 06:45 AM
In my opinion, Cope is the best partner the Royal has, not to mention one of the tallest. But, in recent years we've also seen him grow more as an artist and an interpreter, as well as being successful in coaching ballets such as Romeo and Juliet and Ondine.
I'm saddened. Cope is a true danseur noble and has one of the most artistic, strong, and vulnerable arabesques I've ever seen. That's what makes his opening solo in Manon so sublime, so perfect - his simple, clean dancing coupled with shy but yearning glances at the young Manon pave the way for the rest of the story to unfold. His Prince Rudolph in Mayerling is remarkable, to say the least. While his partnering skills and the freedom with which his partners danced with him are memorable, he has shown himself to be so much more than a partner. (Indeed, as much more than a partner to Guillem and Bussell as well. My more immediate concern is for Tamara Rojo!)
While saddened, I am glad to hear that he is continuing at the Royal as a repetiteur, giving so many a chance to learn from his vast amount of knowledge and experience.
I think I will go and make several cups of tea now.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 06:47 AM
I'm happy to hear that he will still be around to set ballets, coach and pass on his knowledge and experience.
He will be very much missed.....
Posted 31 August 2005 - 07:09 AM
Posted 31 August 2005 - 08:22 AM
When will this unhappy spate of retirements end? Too many in a row! We need a break.
How about a ban on retirements for a period of a year?
Posted 31 August 2005 - 06:22 PM
Best wishes to Cope on his future endeavors.
Posted 04 September 2005 - 10:53 AM
I must say that I few days ago I was on Sylvie's website looking at her performance schedule and noticed she was not dancing with Cope at all this Fall. It made me think that he had probably suffered a major injury or decided to retire. I was glad to read the official press release and see what was going.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:25 AM
Broadcast on BBC Radio Wales, 5:30AM Wed, 12 Jan 2011
Only available until 6:02AM Wed, 19 Jan 2011
Value Judgements - Series 14 - Episode 5
Ballet dancer Jonathan Cope has had a glittering career. He talks to Phil George about his love for dance, and about the time when his sense of vocation deserted him.
Posted 18 January 2011 - 06:21 AM
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