Johan Kobborg

Biography

Choreographer, La Sylphide

Johan Kobborg is a former Principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet and The Royal Ballet in London. As a Guest Artist, Mr. Kobborg has performed with some of the most important ballet companies in the world.

An established choreographer, Mr. Kobborg works have been performed by The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet and several other companies.

In 2005, Mr. Kobborg staged August Bournonville’s La Sylphide for The Royal Ballet. The production was met with immense success and was reprised by the company during the opening of the 2006/07 season. He also staged La Sylphide for Bolshoi Ballet, National Ballet of Lithuania and Zurich Ballet, and in 2015, will stage the production for The National Ballet of Canada.

Mr. Kobborg has choreographed such works as Les Lutins for The Royal Ballet, Giselle for Royal New Zeland Ballet, Alumnus for The Royal Danish Ballet, Salute for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Out of Denmark presented at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

In 1993, Mr. Kobborg won The Third International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. The following year, he received the Grand Prix City of Jackson at the 1994 USA International Ballet Competition and won first prize at the International Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition. In 1996, Mr. Kobborg was nominated for the Benois de la Danse Award for his performance in La Sylphide. He won the Critics Circle Dance Award for Best Dancer in 2001 and was also nominated for two Lawrence Olivier Awards, one for his staging of La Sylphide and the other for his performance in Fleming Flindt’s The Lesson. In 2009, his staging of La Sylphide for the Bolshoi Ballet was nominated Best Show of the Year at the Golden Mask Awards in Moscow.

Mr. Kobborg was awarded the Order of the Dannebrog, one of the most important Danish distinctions, by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in 2013.

In 2014, Mr. Kobborg was appointed Artistic Director of the National Romanian Ballet.