Dane Kobborg will deliver in St. Petersburg, his version of the ballet «don Quixote»

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite in fotoboeken Kobborg. Archival photoDane Kobborg will deliver in St. Petersburg, his version of the ballet «don Quixote»© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite the image Bank

The world ballet star, the ex-Premier of the Royal ballet Covent garden Johan Kobborg for the first time puts the play in St. Petersburg on December 19 at the Alexandrinsky theater will take his version of «don Quixote», told RIA Novosti press-service of the ballet Theatre named after Leonid Yakobson, where work on the production.

The author’s version of the popular ballet the Dane is preparing together with the famous French theater artist jérôme Kaplan, known to the Russian public on work in the Bolshoi theatre together with Alexei Ratmansky on the ballet «Lost illusions». Premiere is dedicated to the coming 200th anniversary of Marius Petipa.

Dancer with a world name Kobborg has already established himself as a choreographer: his version of the ballet «La Sylphide» in 2005 has opened the Royal ballet, and in the season of 2007, his edition of La Sylphide has appeared in the repertoire of the Bolshoi theatre.

«I was dancing «don Quixote» at different stages of the world. But when I look favorite ballet, always note the weakness of the storyline. The book of Cervantes is very solid, and the ballet began with a simple set of character dances. It is important to specify the nature of each character and explain their relationship. Of course, I’m not sure that will do something close to the text of Cervantes, but I’ll do that close to me. And the main challenge is how to combine my ideas with music», — told RIA Novosti Kobborg.

According to the choreographer, he likes to «seek fresh interpretations of famous ballets». In his opinion, in order for the art of ballet alive, it is necessary to practice a new view on ballet classics.

«I worked in a classical company, so respect for the academic style and is not going to ruin it. But the world is changing and requires new approaches to traditional productions,» said Kobborg.