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alison

17-02-01, 05:27 PM (GMT)
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"Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
 
   Well, Bruce asked me to post some brief impressions of this, so here they are, hot off the press, so to speak:

Cojocaru made a delightful Juliet in Act 1, full of very nice touches. I particularly liked the bit in the ballroom scene where, so keen was she to see Romeo again, she almost tripped over the Nurse's skirts in her eagerness to hurry her out of the room so that she could be alone with him again. There's not much to say about her in Act 2, of course, which is really Romeo's act, but I was less convinced by her in Act 3. Now, I am sure that my perceptions were adversely affected by various factors, including the fact that I was farther away from the stage than on Thursday and also had a restricted view in some places where it really mattered, so couldn't follow Cojocaru as well as I would have liked, and also it is very unfortunate that she should have to make her debut less than 48 hours after Tamara Rojo's scorching performance on Thursday, but I found it difficult to obliterate my memories of Rojo's performance while watching this afternoon, and I felt far less affected by it. That's not to say that it wasn't a good performance, because it was - I just didn't think it was quite in the same league, which is hardly surprising, since after all Rojo is an experienced principal and is much more familiar with the role of Juliet, whereas Cojocaru is as yet much less experienced, and it really is unfair to have to make commparisons.

Kobborg was very convincing dramatically: in the first act, he was completely dazed by the suddenness of falling in love, while in the second we saw him run a gamut of emotions: sorrow at Mercutio's death, followed by anger and rage, not to mention his distaste at having to pick up his sword and avenge his friend, and then horror when he realised what he'd done and what the implications were. I felt he was holding back a little physically in Act 1, and wondered whether he was 100% recovered from his recent injury, although he seemed to have settled down by Act 2, and certainly he was one of the few RB Romeos I've seen who managed to get through his demanding ballroom solo without looking clumsy in it.


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  RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee Ann Williams 17-02-01 1
     RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee Patricia 18-02-01 5
     RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee leanne Butcher 20-02-01 9
         RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee Ann Williams 20-02-01 10
  RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee Terry 17-02-01 2
     RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee Anneliese 18-02-01 3
     RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee Shirley 18-02-01 4
         RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee Claire S 18-02-01 6
             RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee Tomoko.A 19-02-01 7
  RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee alison 19-02-01 8

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Ann Williams

17-02-01, 08:42 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   Alison - I was there too this afternoon (as were Tomoko and Patricia) and I was simply blown away by Cojocaru's Juliet. Of course, I haven't see Rojo yet, so I can't compare. But I am going to stick my head well over the parapet here and say that I think Cojocaru is currently the best female dancer in the RB, by a mile. I know I'm going to get myself into trouble for saying that, but I really cannot recall being so impressed by a dancer. She moved as naturally and beautifully as liquid, did not appear to have any technical difficulties and, best of all, there was a sweetly excited, girlish quality to her dancing that went straight to my heart. This is a very inadequate description of her performance, but it's the best I can do at the moment.

Kobborg danced wonderfully too - I just hope the Royal can hold on to him - but couldn't match Cojocaru's passion; it was his first Romeo I think (?)so there's plenty of time for improvement.

I'd love to hear from anyone else who saw today's performance.


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Patricia

18-02-01, 05:46 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   I totally agree with Ann....I was completely bowled over by
Cojocaru`s Juliet and look forward to seeing her again soon.


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leanne Butcher

20-02-01, 08:02 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   it was not kobborgs first Romeo He dancer Ashtons version in Denmark with the Royal Danish Ballet when Peter Schaufuss was Director.


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Ann Williams

20-02-01, 10:05 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   Leanne - yes, but I think it was his first MacMillan Romeo? Ashton's and MacMillan's R & J's are worlds apart.


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Terry

17-02-01, 08:59 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   I would've loved to see Cojocaru in R&J...She certainly seems like a dancer who will excel in roles like Juliet, Aurora, Giselle...the ones that require a sweetness in one's character with the girlish quality... perhaps she will be the next Viviana!


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Anneliese

18-02-01, 04:22 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   AGree all round, Terry! (waiting for a cyberfriend to email me with her thoughts on the performance right now!)


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Shirley

18-02-01, 04:58 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   ... perhaps she
>will be the next Viviana!
>
From what I have seen I would say Tamara Rojo has more similiarites in dance qualities to Viviana than Cojocaru.

Saying that I don't think it is fair to say anyone will be the next so and so as all dancers are individuals and will always have their own interpretations!


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Claire S

18-02-01, 06:54 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   Thank you, everyone, for sharing your thoughts. I had a ticket but couldn't go. Does anyone know if Alina is dancing on 1st March? I'm sort of torn - I would love to see her, but Leanne is one of my favourite Juliets (alongside Viviana) and this may well be the Last time she'll dance it. Also she danced well with Kobborg inSwan Lake. I'm glad to hear it was such a good performance from them both on their debuts!

Claire


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Tomoko.A

19-02-01, 00:24 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   I somehow managed to keep standing for 3hrs and it was worth killing my feet ! I think the RB are lucky to have 2 wonderful new Juliets (The other one is of course Tamara !). The lady standing next to me said that would be only her performance this time. But according to someone who talked to Alina after the performance, she didn't know if she will replace Leanne again.


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alison

19-02-01, 01:22 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Cojocaru/Kobborg Romeo debuts, 17th Feb. matinee"
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   According to Debra Craine in today's Times, Cojocaru only had 8 days to prepare the role. If that is the case, then it was certainly a very impressive début.


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