Johan Kobborg

Johan Kobborg
Johan Kobborg
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Johan Kobborg (born 5 June 1972 in Odense, Denmark) spent most of his childhood performing in various Theatre plays, musicals and TV series, as well as travelling Europe as a singer, Johan’s future was thought to be as a singer/actor. Only after entering the Royal Danish Ballet School in 1988 (aged 16) did his focus turn completely onto pursuing a career in dance. After a year at the school he became an apprentice with the company and during this time made his stage debut, dancing the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. He joined the Royal Danish Ballet as a full-time member in 1991. Johan was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1994, after his debut as James in La Sylphide. For the first time in the history of the Royal Theatre this took place on stage, in front of the audience.Having danced most leading parts in the Danish repertoire, he joined the Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 1999, after having performed with the company as a guest artist. While a member of the Royal Ballet he continues to perform as a guest artist with companies worldwide. As a guest artist he has also appeared with the Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, La Scala Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Ballet National of Cuba, Stuttgart Ballet, National Ballet of China, Tokyo Ballet, South African Ballet Theatre, Munich Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, and Kremlin Ballet.
He has partnered some of the worlds leading ballerina’s such as Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova, Svetlana Lunkina and Tamara Rojo. One of the highlights of his career is his partnership with Romanian ballerina, Alina Cojocaru. The partnership began in 2001 after the two danced in Romeo and Juliet together after Cojocaru filled in for an injured Miyako Yoshida. Since then, Kobborg and Cojocaru’s partnership has been named one of the greatest of all time and has even been compared to the partnership of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. They have danced together not just at Covent Garden, but also worldwide due to international popularity.Kobborg has also been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Nureyev International Competition (Grand Prix 1994), USA International Competition, Jackson, USA (Grand Prix 1994) and the Erik Bruhn Competition (1993) and received a 2006 Laurence Olivier Award nomination for his production of La Sylphide.

 Johan Kobborg in a solo from a Gala