Review from The Telegraph.
When classical ballet-dancers head off to make a programme of their own, they give a sudden view into how they see themselves. Many Royal Ballet men have done this recently: Irek Mukhamedov defined himself as an expressionist music-theatre performer, the Ballet Boyz went for modern macho, while this summer Carlos Acosta rooted himself in Cuba's streets - none celebrating classicism as their shaping force. MORE
Not Johan Kobborg. His programme shows him a Danish classicist and proud of it. It must be said, first, that the Queen Elizabeth Hall is a rotten place to watch classical ballet. You are piled almost on top of the dancers, and classical ballet demands distance to mist up the lens and translate the exacting artificiality into theatrical poetry.
And The FT.
What better idea, in this ballet-free season, than Johan Kobborg's tribute to his roots as a Danish dancer. So, a brief season of Danish choreographies on the less-than-helpful stage of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Forward-projecting, cavernous, it needs special design, special planning. Kim Brandstrup made everything of its difficulties this year with his Hamlet, and in a new piece for Kobborg's season, he has again done splendidly well. Afsked is an emotionally fraught duet which studies those moments when two lovers separate. Set to a quartet movement by Boccherini, danced with passionate understanding by the tremendous Zenaida Yanowsky and Dylan Elmore (a fine dancer, new to me), this novelty deserves continued stage-life. MORE
And From The Times.
NOW here’s something you don’t see very often, in Britain at least. An entire evening devoted to Danish choreography, courtesy of the Danish dancer and Royal Ballet star Johan Kobborg. He has gathered together colleagues from Covent Garden for this limited South Bank run which offers a curious mixed bag of dances old and new. Bournonville, of course, since he is the father of Danish choreography; but the 20th century too, and a world premiere from Kim Brandstrup to bring the programme right up to date. For many, the attraction of Out of Denmark is Kobborg himself and the opportunity to see other favourite Royal Ballet dancers in such an intimate setting. MORE
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