Category Archives: Alina Cojocaru

Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella – English National Ballet: Royal Albert Hall, London, 6 June 2019

You shall go to the Hall Following their blockbuster shows in-the-round of Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, English National Ballet tackle Cinderella for their latest foray at the cavernous Royal Albert Hall. Instead of creating something entirely new, however, … Continue reading

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Manon – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 16 January 2019

52B or not 2B It says a lot about the strength of Kenneth MacMillan’s choreography that this Manon’s power remains undiminished despite Mia Stensgaard’s underwhelming staging. Very different in style from Nicholas Georgiadis’ original designs, Stensgaard made hers for The … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Beauty – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 6 January 2018

Rising to the Occasion Alina Cojocaru is back! And how. After a decent warm-up in William Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata 2016 at Sadler’s Wells in April, she took to the Coliseum stage in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty for English National … Continue reading

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Mary Skeaping’s Giselle – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 11 January 2017

If you go down to the woods today Anyone familiar with most traditional productions of Giselle may be a little surprised by Mary Skeaping’s 1971 version for English National Ballet. It remains as faithful to the original 1841 French production as … Continue reading

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Nutcracker – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 15 December 2016

Nut again I’ve reviewed this show several times now and I’d be lying if I said it was my favourite production. Over the past few years however, some ever-improving tweaks have been introduced and tonight’s performance was undoubtedly the best … Continue reading

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Swan Lake – English National Ballet: Royal Albert Hall, London, 4 June 2016

Osi-Osi-Osiel, Oy-Oy-Oy The great thing about Derek Deane’s Swan Lake in-the-round is that although the sheer scale of it is impressive, the story of Odette and Siegfried remains the heart upon which it relies. Alina Cojocaru began and finished the … Continue reading

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Modern Masters – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 10 March 2015

All Aboard! Three cheers to Tamara Rojo for bringing in repertoire that other British companies tend to reserve for bargepoles. Jiří Kylián, John Neumeier and William Forsythe are all under-employed in the UK so it was great to see English … Continue reading

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Swan Lake – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 11 January 2015

Vasocaru nail it English National Ballet’s Swan Lake is a very decent production and when you slot into it two dancers of the calibre of Ivan Vasiliev and Alina Cojocaru you find yourself in the middle of a highly memorable … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – English National Ballet: Barbican Theatre, London, 5 April 2014

Claiming new territory A new venue and a new outlook. Tamara Rojo has commissioned three new works for the English National Ballet from three of Britain’s brightest choreographers, including two contemporary choreographers, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan, who’ve never worked … Continue reading

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Le Corsaire – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 12 January 2014

Quivers down the backbone No-one can accuse Le Corsaire of not having enough dancing. It’s full of the stuff. And when it’s as well performed as it was here by English National Ballet it makes for a great show. Aside … Continue reading

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