Polunin Ink presents international ballet star SERGEI POLUNIN in his London debut as Romeo alongside world-renowned ballerina ALINA COJOCARU in the UK premiere of award-winning dancer and choreographer JOHAN KOBBORG’s acclaimed new version of “Romeo & Juliet” at Royal Albert Hall.
After the enforced postponement of the original premiere date, 14 April 2020, due to Covid-19, Sergei Polunin’s company, Polunin Ink, is delighted to announce that this one-night-only performance has now been rescheduled for Thursday 6 May 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall.
Original tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date.
Critics and audience alike were wowed at the sensational world premiere of the ballet in the Arena di Verona, Italy last summer. Now Polunin and Cojocaru reprise their roles as star-cross’d lovers in the first London performance of this truly iconic ballet.
Johan Kobborg’s version of the world’s greatest love story marries classical dance with a contemporary twist to create a dynamic, vibrant and modern re-telling of this ageless drama of all-consuming love, passion, ecstasy and heartbreak. Set to Prokofiev’s powerful, exquisite score, and with a striking stage set design by Canadian-based sculptor David Umemoto, the story follows the narrative of Shakespeare’s play with the classical ballet vocabulary as its core language.
SERGEI POLUNIN says: “I am very thankful to the Royal Albert Hall for the opportunity to dance here; it’s been a long hope of mine. It’s going to be a special evening thanks to Johan Kobborg’s vision and choreography. In my opinion he can bring classical ballet to this generation and beyond, and I am looking forward to dancing with beautiful Alina.”
JOHAN KOBBORG says: “I am more than excited to showcase this production of Romeo and Juliet here in London at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. Creating this production for the Arena di Verona last summer proved a most magical time for me, the culmination of weeks of discovery and joy, of working and creating with an absolute dream cast.
ALINA COJOCARU says: “At 19 I had my first encounter with Juliet and found my Romeo: a ballet very special to me! Now, years later and having performed in seven different productions, I am most excited to return to her once again. Johan’s vision for this ballet has taken me on a fascinating journey of discovery. I look forward to working and performing with Sergei once again and to take even further what has been a truly memorable creative experience so far. I very much look forward to returning to this role and performing the greatest of love stories in the beautiful setting of the Royal Albert Hall”.