Australian Ballet’s Manon proves there’s more than just Wills and Kate for Sydney to look forward to.

As ballet’s preeminent couple prepare to dance MacMillan’s Manonfor two performances only in Sydney we caught up with one half of the team – Johan Kobborg.

You’ve performed in Manonwith Alina Cojocaru before to ecstatic reviews. What is it about the work that particularly appeals to you?

The ballet was created by one of the greatest choreographers, and the role of des Grieux was originally performed by one of the greatest male dancers of our time [Anthony Dowell]. The ballet, and the role, will always be a challenge to any dancer. One can always find new aspects of the character, and dancing with Alina, something new and different always happens.

The announcement of your joint departure from The Royal Ballet last year caused a sensation in the dance world. Has leaving such an institution led to particular changes in your approach to your work as a dancer?

I now only involve myself in ballets and projects and with people that are meaningful to me – that fulfil me as an artist and as a person.

You’ve recently taken on a new role as Director...