Born in Bucharest, Alina Cojocaru trained in Kiev for seven years before joining the Royal Ballet School in 1997. Upon completion of her training, six month later, she returned to Kiev, to join the company as a principal dancer. A year later she joined the Royal Ballet Company (1999) and at the end of the season, she was promoted to soloist. On April 17th, 2001 Sir Anthony Dowell promoted Alina to the rank of principal dancer after her performance of "Giselle". While a member of the Royal Ballet she continues to perform as a guest artist with companies worldwide. Alina has organized gala's in Romania and in London (Hospice of Hope) over the last few years.
Repertory includes: Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake", Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet", "Giselle", Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in "Sleeping Beauty", Vera in "A Month in the Country", Kitri in "Don Quixote", Olga and Tatiana in "Onegin", "Cinderella", The Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in "The Nutcracker", Titania in "Dream", Titania and Hippolyta in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Nikiya in Bayadere, Diamonds in "Jewels", Mary Vetsera in "Mayerling", MAnon in "Manon", La Sylphide in "La Sylphide", Swanilda in "Coppelia", "Polyphonia", "Symphony in C", Chloe in "Daphnis and Chloe", Lise in "La Fille mal gardée", Student in "The Lesson", "Duo Concertant", "The Leaves are Fading", "Other Dances", "Ondine", "Virtiginous Thrill Of Exatitude", "Stars and Stripes", "Dances at a Gathering", "Dying Swan", and many more.
Creations includes: "Musketeer" and "Valse" (Rubina Alla Davidovna), Swanilda in "Coppelia" (Anatolyi Shekera), "Ad infinitium" (Vanessa Fenton), "There where she loves" (Christopher Wheeldon), "This House will Burn" (Ashley Page), "Les Saisons"(David Bintley), "Two Footnotes", "Bird as a Prophet", "Rushes" (Kim Brandstrup), "Engram and Chroma" (Wayne McGregor), and "Les Lutins" (Johan Kobborg).
As a Guest Artist: She has appeared with the Kirov Ballet, Paris Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Danish Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Viena State Opera, Zurich Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, La Scala, Nacional Ballet Of Cuba, Teatro Colon, National Ballet of Romania, South African Ballet Theater, Zagreb Ballet. Galas with The Hamburg Ballet, La Scala Ballet, National Ballet Of China, Ballet Basel, Munich Ballet, Dortmund Ballet, National Ballet of Finland, Morphoses Company, The 10th and 11th World Ballet Festival (Tokyo) as well as galas in South Korea, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, USA and Denmark.
Prizes and Awards includes: "Ballerina of the Decade" Award (Moscow 2010), VIP Romanian music and performing arts Award (2010), The Nijinsky Award (2004 Best female Dancer), Benois de la Danse (2004 Best female dancer and 2012 for her interpretation of Julie in John Neumeier's "Liliom"), 1st International Movimentos Dance Prize (2004 Best female dancer), Nagoya International Ballet Competition (Gold Medal), Prix de Lausanne (1997), Critics' Circle Dance Award (2002 Best female dancer), April 2002 she was given by the president of Romania Ion Iliescu the medal of Cavalier of Romania. "Dancer of the Year 2012" – German "tanz" magazine.
Video, TV and live relays include: Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Onegin, Daphnis and Chloe, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Dream and Don Quixote.
(Source: Homepage of Alina Cojocaru)
Photo © Andre Uspenski
- Liliom – Julie
September 26, 28 and 30 (evening), 2012
June 25, 2013
- Lady of the Camellias – Marguerite Gautier
October 6, 2012