Dance: A Feast of Feats ; Johan Kobborg Queen Elizabeth Hall LONDON
Gilbert, Jenny, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
A lot of noise is made these days about improved access to the Royal Opera House, and how it's starting to pull in new audiences. But what about access for artists? The steady exodus of Royal Ballet principals in recent years is proof enough of their frustration: too few appearances in too limited a repertoire in a career that is horribly short. The clever ones do something about it.
Johan Kobborg has booked the QEH for two nights. He's already a dab hand at programming, but just as crucially he knows how to rally his friends. Out of Denmark, a showcase of Danish choreography from the 1870s to the present, could have focused solely on his own brilliant technique, or at least used colleagues he easily outshone. Instead, Kobborg's big night out offered a feast of virtuosity in which the tastiest morsels were liberally shared.
Which isn't to say the evening was without problems. The QEH is a pig of a stage for classical dance. And the contrast of Alina Cojocaru's grand white tutu and exalted classical manner against a scuffed floor and a backcloth that looked as if someone had dropped their chips on it was bizarre. And perhaps Kobborg should have brought along his own CD player. The sound reproduction of the music to Harald Lander's 1942 Festpolonaise was so excruciating that some people left after five minutes.
But the practical shortcomings …
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