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Cojocaru and Kobborg leaving the Royal Ballet


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#16 abatt

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 05:08 AM

How can Cojocaru be too injured to do SL at ABT on June 21, but well enough to dance Mayerling at the RB on June 5? Doesn't make much sense to me. Is Mayerling a really easy ballet? I've never seen it.

#17 Mashinka

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 05:32 AM

Depends on how you describe easy. Mary Vetsera, Cojocaru's character, only joins the cast half way through and much of what she has to perform is acting and double work. If she has a foot or leg problem, she might still be able to dance Mayerling as she will spend a lot of time off the ground. If it's back or neck she won't appear .

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 06:08 AM

I wonder how much Kobborg had to do with the departure. When he was in New Zealand staging their new Giselle, he and Steifel gave some interviews. Apparently, Kobburg had applied for the director's job and asked Steifel for a reference. Steifel got the job in the end, of course, and they essentially said "no hard feelings." So I wonder if he couldn't get opportunities for staging or dancing with RB that he sought at this stage of his career. Any information along those lines?

#19 canbelto

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 02:08 PM

Did anyone attend their final Mayerling performance?

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 05:52 PM

I wonder how much Kobborg had to do with the departure. When he was in New Zealand staging their new Giselle, he and Steifel gave some interviews. Apparently, Kobburg had applied for the director's job and asked Steifel for a reference. Steifel got the job in the end, of course, and they essentially said "no hard feelings." So I wonder if he couldn't get opportunities for staging or dancing with RB that he sought at this stage of his career. Any information along those lines?


A couple of the articles I linked to hinted as much, noting that the Royal has a plethora of choreographers and stagers right now and they didn't really need Kobborg in that capacity. There's an interesting parallel between Cojocaru-Kobborg and Murphy-Stiefel - in both cases the men reached retirement or semi-retirement age significantly earlier than their ladies, creating potential career issues for the ballerinas.

#21 abatt

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:19 PM

Gillian didn't give up her ABT career to suit Steifel. Moreover, Steifel gave her the chance to dance Giselle (at RNZB), whereas ABT has only cast her as Myrta to date.

#22 Mashinka

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:50 AM

Did anyone attend their final Mayerling performance?


Yes, Me (raises hand)

Please don't ask for a critical appraisal as for me the evening was too emotional for that. There was a rather strange atmosphere in the house with just about everyone in a state of shock at the suddeness of it all. Kobborg has been plagued by injuries for a long time now, indeed my last minute scramble to get a ticket was because they had cancelled the earlier performance of Mayerling that I had booked for, but Cojocaru dances with other partners too and over the years had seemed a permanent fixture and for many the company's crowning glory, it's only just beginning to sink in that we Londoners are about to face an Alina-less future.

The earlier Mayerling I saw was danced by Mara Galeazzi and last night I went again and saw Leanne Benjamin, so I saw all three Mary Vetseras for the last time, four principal losses in one season is a lot and of course Polunin and Rojo left last year. Hard to believe the face of the company could change so much in such a short space of time.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:51 AM

Now this is a real shame. Johan Kobborg was supposed to choreograph the 'Four Seasons' ballet in a new ROH production of Verdi's Les Vêpres siciliennes in the fall. Now, apparently, the ballet has been dumped (boo!) and Kobborg and the Royal Ballet are no longer involved. It would seem that the director doesn't want the whole ballet. (I realize it's a long opera, but the ballet is part of its grand opéra identity.) Final tie to the ROH severed.

http://www.roh.org.u...res-siciliennes

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 09:44 AM

Gillian didn't give up her ABT career to suit Steifel. Moreover, Steifel gave her the chance to dance Giselle (at RNZB), whereas ABT has only cast her as Myrta to date.


Never said she did. (Nor did I say the career decisions would necessarily have negative results.)

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:35 PM

A video of their final performance curtain calls is on youtube. Alina looks very emotional.



#26 volcanohunter

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:16 AM

Another defection. The gifted soloist Dawid Trzensimiech has left the Royal Ballet to become a principal at the Romanian National Ballet under Kobborg. Trzensimiech cited "lack of care and coaching." The Royal's corps also appears to be deeply unhappy about the company's work schedule.

 

http://www.telegraph...r-overwork.html



#27 Jayne

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 07:00 PM

I can't read the article (blocked!)  Can anyone provide a cache link?



#28 Amy Reusch

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 08:26 PM

Perhaps this? http://www.telegraph...r-overwork.html

Hmmm... Looks the same... But it is the link displayed when I get to the article by googling "Telegraph Royal Ballet". I tried using the email link on te article page and got this: http://fw.to/I2neVaI

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:35 PM

darn, still blocking me, I guess I need to pony up and pay. 



#30 volcanohunter

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 11:55 PM

Can you reach it from the site's main dance page?

http://www.telegraph.../theatre/dance/




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