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Romanian Ballet Company Loses Its Leading Lights

Apr 13, 2016

Administrative tumult, a prominent snub on the Bucharest National Opera’s website and questions over artistic direction have cost the Romanian national ballet company its two biggest stars: Johan Kobborgand Alina Cojocaru. Mr. Kobborg resigned Tuesday as its artistic director and his fiancée, the dancer Ms. Cojocaru, said she would not dance under the current management.

Their departures end a period in which the company’s global reputation began to rise under the leadership of Mr. Kobborg, a former principal dancer at the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Ballet in London who became artistic director a little over two years ago, and through the dancing of Ms. Cojocaru, an international star and principal at the English National Ballet, who was a “permanent guest artist” in her native Bucharest.

The trouble began earlier this month when a new interim general manager, Tiberiu-IonuČ› Soare, took over at the opera house, which is home to the ballet. One of his first actions was to remove Mr. Kobborg’s title on the website as artistic director of the ballet, and to place him among the company’s “artists,” a low rank comparable to the corps de ballet in other companies.

 

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