Ballet Faculty at Performers College, The School of Ballet Theatre UK, and DanceEast
I have worked with Alessia both onstage and off, in performance preparation, teaching, and administration. She is an incredibly committed woman who throws her passion into whatever she does.
Alessia also possesses a high degree of organisational skills, single handedly running a small dance school down to every small detail. Any company would be very lucky indeed to have Alessia as part of their team.
Ballet Mistress at Royal New Zealand Ballet
Alessia is a delightful employee, hard working and a talented at dancer and performer. She is prepared to take on any challenge and will succeed at what ever she takes on. She is very presentable and personable and a was w wonderful ambassador for our company.
NEW ENGLISH BALLET THEATRE
A Younger Theatre review 24.8.15 by Daniel Perk
"Mad Women in particular is a clever contrast to the previous performance – choreographer Kristen McNally designs a modern, feminist piece with the women in complete control. The group of female dancers led by Alessia Lugoboni are the epitome of J.Howard Miller’s ‘We Can Do It!’ World War Two propaganda that has become a symbolic poster of feminism in today’s society. Dancing to a strong rhythmic beat, the ballerinas exude a cheeky confidence that brings the male dancers literally to their knees."
By Margaret Willis, 24 August 2015
The next piece Toca by Érico Montes to music by Villa-Lobos, was based on a Portuguese story about a boy and girl separated at birth, who meet up in later life. They unknowingly fall in love, only to discover they are siblings. Alessia Lugoboni and Paul Oliver danced with fluid poignancy, their movements clearly telling their sad tale.
by Janet McNulty, 23 August 2015
"We then saw Toca, a lovely almost melancholy duet. According to the programme it is based on a novel called The Maias about a brother and sister who are parted when they are very young and then meeting years later and falling in love not realising they are siblings. It was danced with beauty and poignancy by Alessia Lugoboni and Paul Oliver."
ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET - Peter Pan
“Alessia Lugoboni, was wonderful in the part of Wendy; she was by turns a light little girl; and a girl on the verge of womanhood (she mothers the Lost Boys and unknowingly gets into a tree way tustle for Peter’s affection).)“
“A sprinkling of fairy dust, a touch of magic – audiences at the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Peter Pan couldn't have asked for more.
Rory Fairweather-Neylan made a cheeky Peter Pan, bounding across the stage with both the joy and arrogance of youth. Alessia Lugoboni played a delightful, motherly Wendy, while Medhi”.
“With their latest spectacular production of Peter Pan, The Royal New Zealand Ballet show that they know what audiences want. This is a magnificent ballet which will appeal to lovers of dance, theatre and spectacle. It will captivate children as well as the child in all adults
The three children danced by Medhi Angot, Alessia Lugoboni and Brendan Bradshaw gave well judged performances as did Paul Mathews and Abigail Boyle as Mr and Mrs Darling.”
“I was eager to see the Royal New Zealand Ballet's Peter Pan at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin (14 Nov).
The arrival of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell draws excited gasps from the small children in front of me. A smiling, light-footed Medhi Angot as Peter works well with Alessia Lugoboni as the mischievous, sometimes naughty Tinkerbell.”
ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET - Cinderella
by FRANCESCA HORSLEY
From the Listener archive: Arts & Books September 15-21 2007 Vol 210 No 3514
“The new production of Cinderella by the Royal New Zealand Ballet is a masterpiece. Wonderfully realised by the company, it combines the quintessential elements of expressive story-telling, lovely choreography and stunning sets.
Created by English choreographer Christopher Hampson, the world premiere was a stellar occasion, heralding what will no doubt become a new classic rendering of the tale.
The stepsisters are more gauche than nasty. Abigail Boyle is the vampish tall stepsister; her ditzy short stepsister, the naturally comic Alessia Lugoboni, is almost endearing. “
“As the stepsisters, Abigail Boyle and Alessia Lugoboni are hilarious.”
“I went to the opening night, Friday the 31 of August, of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's new production of Cinderella. This is a new work from choreographer Christopher Hampson.
I have never been to a pantomime, but having seen the step-sisters, I have some feel for what a pantomime might be like. I am not saying that the ballet went too far, though some may say it did. For me, the portrayal was just right; it introduced a lighter note to some very dark material. In fact the dancing and acting of Alessia Lugoboni threatened to steal the show - her portrayal of the chirpy airhead step-sister gained this character the sympathy of the audience. “
I went to see Cinderella in Hamilton on Thursday night, and I just loved it! There was a great mix of humour and some just exqisite dancing (namely by Yu Takayama, playing Cinderella, who is a gorgeous dancer and was the best Giselle I've seen). The two step sisters (Abigail Boyle and Alessia Lugoboni) were hilarious and had pretty much the whole audience laughing.
Royal New Zealand Ballet - LA SYLPHIDE AND DANCES FROM NAPOLI
New Zealand Listener, August 15-21 2009
by FRANCESCA HORSLEY
“The evening begins with Dances from Napoli, also by Bournonville. The flowers, full skirts and happy-go-lucky Neapolitan ambience would have been enhanced by a simple Mediterranean backdrop. As it is, dancers struggle to let go “Italian-style”, remaining stiff and reserved, apart from Alessia Lugoboni, whose Tarantella is full of pizzazz.”
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL
Solitaire, Capriccio 21/07/03
English National Ballet School UK, London, Royal College of Music
Reviewer: JOHN PERCIVAL The Independent
"Even if the cast did not entirely catch the subtleties of Kenneth MacMillan's Solitaire - a creation from 1956, when his choreography was full of real dances - they revealed some promise, most notably Alessia Lugoboni as the Polka soloist."