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Lynette H

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  1. The Royal Ballet returns with three programmes. These are socially distanced perfomances, with about 800 or so seats available out of 2000 or so.  One performance of each bill is also livestreamed, and can be purchasers should be able to view this from outside the UK. 


    21st Century Choreographers

    Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon) / New Kyle Abraham/ The Statement, Solo Echo  (Pite) 

    18th - 30th May, livestream 28 May


    Balanchine and Robbins

    Apollo, Tchaikovsky pdd, Dances at a Gathering

    4 June - 13 June, livestream 11 June


    Beauty Mixed Programme

    Anemoi (New Zucchetti) / Divertissements /  Sleeping Beauty Act 3

    26 June - 11 Jul, livestream 11 July

    Casting is here. Some interesting debuts - Muntagirov as Apollo for one. 





  2. The ROH announces its revised programme for spring and summer 2021 including a series of socially distanced performances. There are 3 mixed bills

    "The first celebrates some of today’s finest international choreographers and includes Christopher Wheeldon’s shimmering ballet Within the Golden Hour, a world premiere from American choreographer Kyle Abraham, as well as two works new to The Royal Ballet from Olivier-Award winning choreographer Crystal Pite comprising The Statement, exploring the shadowy depths of human nature and boardroom politics, and Solo Echo, an atmospheric evocation of winter-inspired by a poem by Mark Strand, accompanied by Brahms’s beautiful sonatas for cello and piano.

    The work of 20th century American choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins will be celebrated in a mixed programme of work comprising Balanchine’s Apollo, with accompanying score by Igor Stravinsky; his effervescent and virtuoso Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; and Jerome Robbins’ 1969 ballet Dances at a Gathering, an ode to pure dance set to music by Chopin.

    The Royal Ballet will also present a mixed programme of work including the world premiere of Anemoi by Royal Ballet First Soloist Valentino Zucchetti who develops his ballet Scherzo which was streamed to critical success last autumn. This will be accompanied by divertissements from choreographers who have shaped The Royal Ballet’s history and pushed the boundaries of ballet today. The third act of Petipa’s classic The Sleeping Beauty completes the programme, celebrating both the Company’s 90th anniversary and the production’s 75th anniversary."





  3. A performance from the following companies live on stage at the RAH

    Ballet Black

    Birmingham Royal Ballet

    English National Ballet

    New Adventures

    Northern Ballet


    Scottish Ballet

    The Royal Ballet

    There are some (expensive - £240) socially distanced tickets available. The event will be filmed and streamed on 18 June.   Fee for live stream is £20. 

    Funds raised go to the companies and other dance charities. More details here






  4. Free Streaming from Sadler's Wells - three hours in total. From 12 noon on 28 January

    "A day-long festival of world-class dance featuring new works and audience favourites from big-name artists and breakthrough talent in ballet, contemporary and hip-hop dance styles.

    Programme includes: Akram Khan, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Boy Blue, Breakin’ Convention, Candoco Dance Company, English National Ballet, Far From The Norm, HUMANHOOD, Matsena Productions, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Natalia Osipova, Northern Ballet, Oona Doherty, Rambert and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. "

    In the UK it's available via BBC i Player but from anywhere else via the Sadler's web site


    The Royal Ballet release another paid for stream (£3) on the 29th Jan. Fille Mal Gardee with Osipova, McRae and Peregrine the pony. 









  5. Not free, but thought it might be of interest. English National Ballet in La Sylphide with Dronina and Hernadez, £6.99 for 3 days rental.  (2018)


    The Royal Ballet are streaming a paid-for Marguerite and Armand - Yanowsky's farewell performance for £3.  Available until 14 Feb. 






    "The first black female dancer at Berlin’s principal ballet company has accused the institution of racial harassment, claiming she was repeatedly told she did not fit in because of her skin colour.

    Chloé Lopes Gomes, a French citizen, who joined the Staatsballett as a corps de ballet member in 2018, said she had faced recurrent racial abuse from her ballet mistress. "


  7. The ROH has announced some free and some paid for streams over Christmas. Details here



    There's a lot in there, so its worth a look. Paid for stream of Enigma Variations from today. Free stream of RB in Don Q and RO in the Magic Flute at some point on You Tube.  But no date for that yet. 


  8. From reviews in the Financial Times and others it appears that there was an interval for those in the hall, and we at home were watching something billed as live but which had in fact started earlier and was being shown with a half hour or so delay. 

    The Marston piece is new to the RB. It is from a longer narrative work she made in 2014, based on Three Sisters, and the excerpt shows us the emotionally fraught interactions between Masha and Vershinin.  There isn't much background detail available from the ROH that I've found. Kaneko and Clark have an understandably strong connection. 


  9. The RB programme of Friday 9th had a small invited audience (Distanced) in the house - students from the Upper School, and some health workers. So there was a surprising amount of applause to give a sense of occasion.  The evening ran for nearly three hours - good value but a break would have been more comfortable.  

    There are two ballet programmes planned for November according to an ROH email sent to Friends. One runs 4th - 7th November, and the second 10th to 14th.  For these there will be some seats available in the house, or I think you can opt for live streaming. (That's the way the two opera programmes currently on sale are presented).  No details on content yet except that one is supposed to include a full version of Elite Syncopations and the second a full version of Within the Golden Hour. 


  10. The ROH will be making the following available in cinemas this autumn

    Giselle 20 Oct

    Nutcracker from 10 December. 

    There are also paid-for streaming of 


    Dances at a Gathering

    at £3 per household. 

    Lots more detail here


    Also a live stream of the Royal Ballet on Friday 9 October. Tickets not on sale yet. No details of the programme yet either.  It was announced in an email to Friends as follows


    "For our ballet fans we hope you will join us on Friday 9 October for a live-streamed performance with The Royal Ballet, where the whole Company will be reunited on their home stage for the first time in seven months. Save the date in your diary and look out for further details of this spectacular event. "







  11. The ROH offer paid for streaming of two live events on 20 and 7th June, each available for 14 days afterwards.  (One on 13 June was free and still available on youTube.)



    It's £4.99 per household. 




    20th June - Song of the Earth with Sarah Connolly and five minutes of ballet, Muntagirov sublime in Ashton's Dance of the Blessed Spirits.  The 27th features the following

    Programme for the performance*

    • J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043:I Vivace II Largo ma non tanto – Vasko Vassilev and Sergey Levitin (violins), Patrick Milne (harpsichord)
    • G.F. Handel: ‘Where shall I fly?’ (Hercules) – Stephanie Wake-Edwards (Dejanira), Patrick Milne
    • G. Rossini: ‘Ah! mi perdo mi confondo’ (L’Italiana in Algeri) – Blaise Malaba (Mustafa) and Filipe Manu (Lindoro), Edmund Whitehead
    • F. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor, op.49, II Andante con moto tranquillo – Vasko Vassilev (violin), Christopher Vanderspar (cello), Antonio Pappano (piano)
    • G. Donizetti: ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ (L’elisir d’amore) – Filipe Manu (Nemorino), Patrick Milne and soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    • A. Catalani:  ‘Ebben? Ne andrò lontana‘ from La Wally – Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha (Wally), Edmund Whitehead
    • R. Leoncavallo: ‘Sei proprio tu che hai scritto ciò?’ (La bohème) – Stephanie Wake-Edwards (Musetta) and Filipe Manu (Marcello), Patrick Milne
    • P. Sorazabal: ‘No puede ser’ (La tabernera del puerto) – Andrés Presno (Leandro), Antonio Pappano
    • G. Gershwin ‘Summertime’ (Porgy and Bess) – Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha (Bess), Antonio Pappano
    • G. Gershwin ‘Bess, you is my woman now’ (Porgy and Bess) – Blaise Malaba (Porgy) and Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha (Bess), Antonio Pappano
    • G. Verdi: Brindisi ‘Libiamo ne’ lieti calici’ (La Traviata) – Filipe Manu (Alfredo) and Company, TBC Patrick Milne/Edmund Whitehead
    • Kenneth MacMillan: Concerto, second movement pas de deux – Fumi Kaneko and Reece Clarke, Kate Shipway (Piano) and soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    • Christopher Wheeldon: Within the Golden Hour pas de deux – Mayara Magri and Matthew Ball

    *Some details may be subject to change.





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