Johan Kobborg Stages Don Quixote in St. Petersburg

World star Johan Kobborg, who has already achieved quite a reputation as a choreographer, is now collaborating with the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre to stage a classical production of Don Quixote, with music by Ludwig Minkus.

Johan Kobborg is widely known to ballet lovers as a world-class celebrity. Alumnus of the Royal Danish Ballet School, he joined the renowned Danish ballet company in 1991 and got promoted to principal in 1994. From 1999 to 2013, Johan Kobborg was a principal dancer at the Covent Garden Royal Ballet Company. He travels around the globe on successful tours, performing at the world's most famous ballet venues. Kobborg has appeared as a guest star in productions at the La Scala theatre in Milan and the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres, and has also made astounding performances on the national ballet scene of China, Japan, Canada, Sweden, and many other countries.

More than a decade ago, Johan Kobborg embarked on a new path in his creative career: in October 2005, the new season of the Royal Ballet was opened by his version of August Bournonville's La Sylphide, and later on, he continued his choreographic experiments in other theatres. In the 2007/08 season, Kobborg staged his rendition of La Sylphide (with music by Herman Løvenskiold and choreography by August Bournonville) at the Bolshoi Theatre, and quite recently, he accepted an collaboration offer extended by Andrian Fadeev, whom Kobborg would often come across at international ballet venues, on behalf of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, which Fadeev manages as an art director. Don Quixote will be the famed dancer's first production as a choreographer at the Yacobson Theatre. Early this week, he met our performers and started rehearsing. The scenery for the new version of the ballet will be provided by Jérôme Kaplan, an outstanding French set and costume designer with Russian roots.

The premiere of the Don Quixote ballet is scheduled for November and will honour the upcoming 200th birth anniversary of the great ballet master Marius Petipa.