Alina Cojocaru in Kiev

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Alina Cojocaru/Sadler's Wells

Director and Choreographer

Kim Brandstrup


Für Alina by Arvo Pärt
Alexander Malter, piano
used by arrangement with Universal Edition A.G.
Wien and ECM Records

DOP and Cinematographer

David McCormick
Dario Rumbo

Sound design

Ian Dearden


Lucie Conrad

With thanks to

The Kiev State Ballet School
Nabuhiro Terada
Susanna Lenton


Alina Cojocaru

Denisenko Vladimir Andreevich

Rubina Alla Davidovna

Obovskaya Larisa Nikolaevna

Lagoda Alla Vecheslavovna

Kiev - film with Alina Cojocaru

Sadler's Wells /Alina Cojocaru/Lucie Conrad
Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 20 February 2020


“I had a dream to go back to Kiev and capture my teachers’ souls on camera. Looking back, I can see the huge impact they had on helping me become the person and dancer that I am today. I wanted to put forward the people the audience doesn’t see; the faces I will never forget – my teachers. This is my way of saying thank you. Their passion for this art form made me fall in love, and choose ballet to be my passion in life.”

Alina Cojocaru

“In early December 2019 Alina went back to The State Ballet School in Kiev for the frst time in 25 years. For us who were there witnessing this reunion it was profoundly moving; not only to observe Alina’s gratitude and tribute to her teachers’ knowledge and guidance – but also to see the pride and delight in their eyes in how Alina had taken flight.

The film attempts to capture some of this gratitude Alina feels towards her teachers, their guidance and the knowledge they imparted – how their “imprint” still guides and moves Alina whenever she enters the studio.”

Kim Brandstrup

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