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The following artists have left Bucharest National Opera

As xenophobic agitation continues, the ballet company is being denuded: Resigned Dawid Trzensimiech – principal Daniela Norman – corps George Murray (unclear situation) Florica St?nescu (from managerial position) Johan Kobborg Henry Dowden – soloist Lucas Campbell – First Artist Diana Tudor – First Artist Gina-Marie Leathem – Corps Dianyu Wu – Corps Unpaid Leave Rebecca Haw […]

Julio Bocca Returns To His Ballet Company, A Month After His Mysterious Departure

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

At the beginning of April, Bocca suddenly announced that, for “personal reasons,” he was temporarily stepping down as artistic director of Uruguay’s National Ballet. This week, equally unexpectedly, he appeared at a gala to announce that he was back – with two new lieutenants: Sofía Sajac (interim director while he was away) as co-director and […]

Bucharest: Deputy PM denies anti-foreign agenda

Latest from the seething cauldron of Bucharest National Opera. Vasile Dâncu, the deputy prime minister, has flown in Beatrice Rancea as the new interim manager of BNO. Rancea, a former ballet dancer, is general manager of Ia?i National Opera, which she has greatly upgraded by getting the film director Andrei ?erban to stage Lucia di Lammermoor, Les […]

Is This How The Civil War At Romania’s National Ballet Got Started?

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The conflict over Johan Kobborg’s job as artistic director of the Bucharest National Opera’s ballet company has spun out of control. Craig Turp traces the seeds of the trouble to a right-wing nationalist website, and he gives a solid recap and analysis in English of how the mess has unfolded so far.

English National Ballet Gets A New Executive Director

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Patrick Harrison is currently executive director of the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Prior to which he was director of commercial operations at the National Theatre.

Romania’s Culture Minister Resigns Over Ballet Crisis (Yes, Crisis!)

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Vlad Alexandrescu announced that he would be stepping down in a posting on his Facebook page Wednesday, after he failed to solve a conflict at the Bucharest National Opera that has seen three shows canceled so far.”

Romania’s Culture Minister Steps Down as Ballet Dispute Continues

The minister, Vlad Alexandrescu, said he was stepping down after failing to resolve a dispute at the Bucharest National Opera.

Johan Kobborg And Alina Cojocaru Barred From Entering Bucharest’s Opera House Unescorted

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“In a letter dated April 25 that was sent to the Bucharest National Opera’s security department, Cojocaru, Kobborg” – who is supposed to have been reinstated as artistic director of the house’s ballet company – “and seven others can only enter if they are permanently supervised by security.”

Chaos At Bucharest’s National Opera House: Latest General Manager Lasted One Day, Performances Cancelled, Musicians And Dancers Split Into Factions

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Last week, in an attempt to win back Johan Kobborg, the house ballet’s artistic director – along with his superstar fiancée, Alina Cojocaru, and all the company’s non-Romanian dancers – the culture minister brought back the former general manager whose replacement led to the crisis. But that general manager, George C?lin, had been removed because […]

Johan Kobborg Returns To Romania’s National Ballet After Government Deal

Following a firestorm at the Bucharest National Opera that culminated in the near-collapse of the ballet season and the intervention of the prime minister, the culture minister has reinstated Kobborg as the ballet’s artistic director and brought back, for a three-month interim period, the general manager whose departure (due to corruption charges) precipitated the entire […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.20.16

She thought ‘Could you tell these were by women choreographers?’ asked my neighbour during an interval of English National Ballet’s She Said. Good question. How would you know? Could you tell that the opera I saw … read more >AJBlog: Performance Monkey Published 2016-04-20 Embodying The Erased Father Nora Chipaumire premieres a new work,  portrait […]

The female gaze

last monthArts : Night and Day

Tamara Rojo programmed three female choreographers for her English National Ballet spring bill because, she said, she had never danced… The post The female gaze appeared first on The Spectator.

Breaking: Bucharest reinstates opera and ballet chiefs, fires nationalist boss

We understand that the crusading interim manager, Tiberiu Soare, has left Bucharest National Opera with immediate effect. Johan Kobborg is back as director of ballet and George C?lin as head of opera. There has been no official confirmation yet. A statement is expected later today Kobborg says: ‘Thank you to all that supported in this difficult time. […]

Ballet Brawl: Don’t Miss This Week’s Top AJ Arts Stories (04.17.16)

This week, a groundbreaking deal for Broadway actors and dancers, James Levine finally decides to retire from the Met Opera, a debacle at the National Ballet of Romania that quickly escalated to involve the country’s Prime Minister, a warning about fetishizing “creativity” as the key to success, and a cautionary question about what machine intelligence […]

Photographer captures stunning photos of dancers in the streets of Cuba

On his recent trip to Cuba, photographer Omar Robles captured remarkable snapshots of ballet dancers expressing their art throughout the nation's culture-filled streets. With 135,000 Instagram followers, Robles is known for his stunning...Show More Summary

Post-Kobborg Collapse At Romania’s National Ballet: Two Productions And Gala Are Cancelled, Four More In Jeopardy

With Johan Kobborg chased out of the artistic directorship of the ballet at the Bucharest National Opera and star Alina Cojocaru leading a rebellion among the dancers, upcoming runs of Giselle and La Fille mal gardée have been called off, along with a major gala on April 28. Rights holders to four more upcoming productions […]

Romanian Prime Minister And Culture Minister Say They’ll Intervene In Kobborg Crisis At National Ballet

Responding on Facebook to an open letter from Alina Cojocaru, prime minister Dacian Ciolo? said he hopes that “the ensuing dialogue of today (which will continue in coming days) with Culture Minister Vlad Alexandrescu will find a solution to the situation at the [Bucharest National] Opera.” Alexandrescu, also writing on Facebook, said, “The Ministry of […]

Post-Kobborg Exodus From Bucharest Begins With First Foreign Dancer To Resign

Two years ago, Dawid Trzensimiech left a promising career at London’s Royal Ballet to follow Johan Kobborg to the Bucharest National Opera. Wednesday, one day after Kobborg’s final resignation as the ballet company’s artistic director – and an evening confrontation where company dancers from abroad who had threatened to follow Kobborg out the door were […]

‘I See Our Country Is Not Ready’ – Alina Cojocaru’s Open Letter To Romania’s Prime Minister On Crisis At National Ballet

“Unfortunately, I [now] understand that our country is not ready for what Johan [Kobborg] and I have offered these two years … We hoped that what were doing was a break from the circle of evil and destruction in which our country finds itself. … But it seems I was wrong. Few are willing to […]

Post-Kobborg Uproar In Bucharest: Alina Cojocaru In Tears, 30 Dancers Threaten To Quit, Staffers Scream ‘Foreigners Out Of The Country!’

Tuesday evening, after Johan Kobborg formally resigned as artistic director of the ballet company at the Bucharest National Opera, about 30 dancers (many of them from abroad) joined Alina Cojocaru – the country’s leading ballerina and Kobborg’s fiancée – to protest the situation; all of them agreed that they would not stay with the company […]

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