mayerling ballet

Alina Cojocaru in Mayerling. Royal Ballet, June 2013. © Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. 

Cojocaru danced as Mary Vetsera, phrasing the choreography beautifully, playing with the music, contrasting small steps with poised arabesques. When she let off Rudolf’s gun in her night-time encounter with him (Johan Kobborg), one recognised a terrible complicity between these twin souls.