On Sunday, May 12th, starting at 6.30 pm, at Sadler’s, Alina Cojocaru, the Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet Company Covent Garden, will be holding a Charity Gala in support of Hospices of Hope, along with her partner Johan Kobborg principal dancer at Covent Garden. The repertoire include moments of classic ballet as well as contemporary dance, by famous choreographers like Marius Petipa, John Neumeier, Tim Rushton and Johan Kobborg. It will be an enchanting and exclusive evening in which the past will merge with trends of fantastic choreography but also with anticipation of the future.
Joining on stage for this regal along with Alina Cojocaru, will be the principals of the English National Ballet dancers, Daria Klimentova (designated in 2012 by the London critics „best dancer”) and Vadim Muntagirov (awarded with a new „Lead principal title”), Steven McRae, Johan Kobborg and Marcelino Sambe of the Royal Ballet, Thiago Bordin soloist of the Hamburg Ballet, Alexander Parish – the Mariinsky Theatre, Matthew Golding – Het National Ballet, Amsterdam and Charlie Siem a virtuoso of the violin.
Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet Steven McRae is also a genius at tap dance, his routine as the tap-dancing Mad Hatter is now legendary and is now back for its third season at the Royal Opera House in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice. Another Principal Royal Ballet dancer, Johan Kobborg, is able to create characters based on his experience and imagination, unfolding his artistic and emotional side, very creative and innovative in the world of dance.
At the beginning of March 2013, our famous ballerina Alina Cojocaru made a discreet visit to Romania, where she observed up close the given support for the construction of a HOSPICE Palliative care centre in Bucharest (see info here: http://www.hospice.ro/ and http://www.hospicesofhope.co.uk/appeals_projects.htm#Bucharest in-patient Hospice Appeal) but she also made a visit to the High School of Choreography Floria Capsali in Bucharest, where she joined the students in a class, made pictures with high school students and the children enjoyed the opportunity to ask Alina Cojocaru for autographs.
The way Alina visited Romania says a lot about her character, the modesty and humility of a world renowned dance star who kept the visit private and simply came to Romania to prepare the May 12th Gala and to inquire on the fate of her projects conducted in Romania.
I have a feeling that one fine day, Alina Cojocaru will return to Romania and she will share the experience, the stories, the ups and downs of a dancer’s career to the Romanian youth involved in ballet. What a better example would they wish for?
In January of 2012, I wrote an article about Alina Cojocaru in the site baletromania.ro It can be found here: http://www.baletromania.ro/alina-cojocaru-balerina-deceniului/
The Romanian dancers selected for this exclusive event will dance a fragment of ‘Johan Kobborg Salute’, which will also be a premiere in the UK. They are: Cosmin Marinescu, Bârzescu Maria Andreea and Maria Mamara, children between the ages of 11 and 12. They will have the opportunity to live, in a „Dream Theatre”, moments that surely will mark their career and personality.
The teachers of these children are certainly proud and happy and I must mention: Mrs Adriana Martiş, Mrs Anca Mandrescu, Mrs. Lorelei Bari (currently director at the „La Sylphide Studio Dans” and Cosmin’s mentor) and Mrs. Ana Caraianopol. We are also convinced that all the teachers of the school of choreography and directing school (info: http://www.liceuldecoregrafie.com/profesori.htm) are connected to this event and contribute through the preparation, organization and communication, to the marks of excellence and example that you can give us, Romanians for Romania and for the Ballet.
If Alina Cojocaru gives us an example of grace, modesty, friendship, dedication, involvement, we can all try to be friends and support each other, in the interest of the Romanian school of ballet and of children who work and perform in very hard conditions and bear expenses well over the possibilities of many of their families.
I would like to thank, for helping writing this article, the parents of Maria Andreea Barzescu and Maria Mamara but also Mrs. Anca Niţescu in charge of communication with the organizers of the event inLondon.
Information about this event can be found here: http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/An-Evening-for-Hospices-of-Hope
The unique character of this Gala is given by the special invitations available for corporate and financial elite of the world and also for the powerful friends of the ballet world supporting the values of charitable causes. However, tickets for this Gala can still be purchased, their price averaging 40 pounds, the Gala is open to all lovers of beauty.
BaletRomania – Alexandru Marinescu, 29 March 2013,10:49 PM