"Dazzling" - Dance International

Critics' Choice 2021 Best Premiere - Dance Europe

NBA Ballet Company Tokyo - 2021

Premiere February 6th Bunka Kaikan Tokyo - 2021

Romeo & Juliet

"What a triumph." La Nazione (IT)

"One of the most thrilling fight scenes I have seen in ballet."

"..This whole sequence showed Kobborg’s intuitive understanding of a ballet in which he had performed many times and his innovation at doing it differently and just as well, if not better." 

Similarly, the balcony pas de deux (although perhaps now re-named the high stairs duet) was refreshingly new choreography, shorn of any mimicry; earthy, visceral and passionate."

"There is no mistaking that this is an outstanding new and inventive addition to the vast catalogue of danced Romeo & Juliet productions." DanceTabs UK (4 stars) 

"Stirring stuff...Clear and concise. There is a jewel of a piece here...deserving to become a popular work, regularly performed, to please purists and entice newcomers alike." Express UK (4 stars) 

"Kobborg concentrates on the essentials of the narrative and creates a sense of urgent lyricism in his imaginative and original choreography. In an intelligent Kobborg touch, it is Cojocaru in a red dress who laments over Tybalt’s body, not Lady Capulet, which brings a deeper, painful dimension to the lovers’ relationship".  Dance Europe

"..Fits the modern attention span, and its urgency suits this hot-blooded tale. 

The intense focus heightens the emotions of the most vivid characters – provocative Mercutio, wrathful Tybalt, and the lovers." Telegraph UK (4 stars)

"Direct, engaging, breathless... a whirling unfolding of internal and external events with an almost cinematic style. Kobborg infuses delicacy and humanity." Sipario (IT)


"..the drama – the fights, the climactic heartbreak and the doomed romance – becomes the focus." Tatler UK

Arena di Verona, Italy -  2019

UK Premiere December 1, 2021 - Royal Albert Hall.


Don Quixote


"Johan Kobborg is one of the few stage directors in the world with taste and understanding of the classical ballet."

Bolshoi Magazine (RU)

"The Yacobson Ballet demonstrates simply dizzying steps bordering on fantasy." Interessant (RU)

"Kobborg has deconstructed the work; mixing up the narrative’s building blocks before reassembling them in a masterpiece of balance that remains recognisably traditional but is also refreshingly new." DanceTabs (UK)


"The disappearing art of pantomime generously poured in this edition to all characters."

Bolshoi Magazine (RU)

"Kobborg thinks of dance as a wonderful dancer and logical as the heir to the Danish school. He gave love stories to the bullfighter Espada and the Street Dancer, since they have been competing in dance for centuries, and Sancho Panza, usually deprived of female attention" RG.RU (RU)

The Leonid Yacobson Ballet, St. Petersburg - 2017


The Production received 7  Golden  Mask  nominations in Moscow 2019, including Best Production and Best Choreographer.

The production received the Performer of the Year Award at the Golden Light Awards in St Petersburg 2019.


The White Crow  (Film 2018)

Director - Ralph Fiennes


Lead Choreographer - Johan Kobborg

Les Lutins

"A little marvel". Financial Times  (UK)

"The knockout of the evening" Sunday Times (UK)

"To start with the best: Johan Kobborg's Les Lutins is a tiny gem"  The Telegraph (UK)


"This - Kobborg's Les Lutins - is one of the most riveting pieces of choreography you'll ever see."

BalletNews (UK)

The Royal Ballet - 2009

San Francisco Ballet - 2014

Royal Danish Ballet - 2011

The Bolshoi Ballet - 2014

Royal New Zealand Ballet - 2014

Opera National Bucharest - 2015

Royal Swedish Ballet - 2020 (Excerpt) 

Originally created for the Royal Ballet London, the piece is now performed all over the world by some of the worlds leading dancers. It has since its premiere been a regular at Galas and Festivals worldwide, including 'Dance Open' Russia, Alina Cojocaru's 'Dream Project', Daniel Ulbricht's 'Stars of American Ballet' and   Svetlana Zakharova's 'Pas de Deux for Toes and Fingers' and many others. An excerpt from Les Lutins was included in the Royal Swedish Ballet's online New Year's Eve Gala, 31 December 2020. 



"A haunting production that will linger long in the memory" The Stage (UK)

"A tight and gripping recounting of a poetic tale"

"It is simply superb in every way" 

New Zealand Herald

"One of the finest Giselle I have ever seen.."

RNZ Sunday (NZ)

Royal New Zealand Ballet - 2012

Opera National Bucharest - 2015

The Production was the subject of acclaimed film director Toa Fraser's 2013 feature film 'Giselle the Movie'.

The production has toured extensively throughout USA, UK and New Zealand.


"In Kobborg's new piece, Salute -

his fluency, intelligence and creativity are all to be seen" Dancing Times (UK)

(5-stars) Jyllands Posten (DK)

(5-stars) Folketidende (DK)

(5-stars) Berlingske (DK)

Royal Danish Ballet - 2011

Royal New Zealand Ballet - 2015

Sarasota Ballet - 2011

North Carolina School of the Arts - 2010 

La Sylphide

"Everything about Kobborg's Sylphide is right."


"The production is masterly"

"Kobborg’s staging of La Sylphide is the best I know, the most sensitive to Bournonville’s drama and manner. Financial Times (UK)

(5-stars) Financial Times (UK)

(5-stars) The Independent (UK)


The Bolshoi Ballet - 2008

The Royal Ballet - 2005

National Ballet of Canada - 2016


Lithuanian National Ballet - 2009

Zurich Ballet - 2008

Opera National Bucharest - 2013

Kobayashi Ballet - 2009

Atlanta Ballet - 2019

Sarasota Ballet - Premiere 2023

Johan Kobborg version of Bournonville's  

La Sylphide is a multi award  winning production. In 2006 Johan was nominated  

for the Lawrence Olivier Award in London,

for his Royal Ballet production.

Awards include, Special Performance of the

Year for its two Lead Dancers at the Golden

Mask Awards 2009. In 2014 his Bucharest

production of La Sylphide, won the

'Performance of the Year' award in


Napoli Divertissement

"It is a triumph."

(5-stars) Financial Times (UK)

The Royal Ballet - 2007 

Sarasota Ballet - 2011 


Out of Denmark

(Queen Elizabeth Hall London 2003)

(Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota - 2011)


Alina Cojocaru - Dream Project

(Tokyo, Japan - 2012/2014/2020)

Opera National Bucharest in New York

(Lincoln Center 2015)

Hospices of Hope Gala's 

(Saddlers Wells, London - 2013)

(Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 2008)

The Bournonville Group

(Genzano, Italy -  1999)

Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg & Friends

(Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota 2014)


Verdens Balletten

(Denmark/Sweden/Norway - 


Tivoli International Ballet Gala

(Denmark - 2001)