World Ballet Day: Catch the Best Ballet Across the Capital



Dance lovers rejoice! It’s World Ballet Day! To mark the big day, five of the world’s biggest ballet companies will be joining together for a marathon 20-hour live-stream.

The Royal Ballet here will team up with the Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet to offer behind-the-scenes insights into the world of dance.

If you want to head out and catch some ballet for yourself, here’s our round-up of some of the best that London has to offer…

1. Balletboyz – 14 Days 

BalletBoyz are back with an exciting quartet of new works playing with the concept of balance and imbalance. Choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Ivan Perez and Christopher Wheeldon have teamed up with composers Scott Walker, Charlotte Harding, Joby Talbot and Keaton Henson to create their pieces.

Fallen forms the second half of the evening, choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Russell Maliphant, and set to a a powerful score by French film composer, Armand Amar.

Sadler’s Wells Theatre: 10 – 14 October

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2. Men In Motion

Award-winning dancers Matthew Ball, Irek Mukhamedov, Daniel Proietto and Edward Watson are among those joining dancer and producer Ivan Putrov in a new production of his thrilling and illuminating exploration of the changing role of the male dancer over the last century.

Men in Motion pays homage to the great dancers and choreographers of the past and showcases some of the most exciting artists at work today.

London Coliseum: 22 & 23 November

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3. Sylvia

Frederick Ashton’s delightful full-length classical ballet is a charming feast for the senses, set to Delibes’ marvellous score.

Sylvia was Frederick Ashton’s second full-length ballet, created in 1952 as a sparkling showpiece for his muse Margot Fonteyn. Ashton used Delibes’ gorgeous 1876 score – famously beloved by Tchaikovsky, who praised its ‘charm and elegance… its riches in melody, rhythm, harmony’. The ballet fell from the repertory but in 2004 was reconstructed by Christopher Newton for Ashton’s centenary –so rescuing from the archives a seminal work of Ashton’s English style.

Royal Opera House: 23 November – 16 December

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4. Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella 

Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. With Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin, Cinderella will be performed in surround sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra.

Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokoviev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

Sadler’s Wells Theatre: 9 December 2017 – 28 January 2018

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5. The Nutcracker

For the first time ever, Birmingham Royal Ballet brings an enchanting production of this Christmas favourite to the Royal Albert Hall. This magical ballet, with its ravishing Tchaikovsky score, is the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

We join Clara in the Victorian setting of her family home. As midnight strikes, the magical Christmas tree grows and grows, Clara’s nutcracker doll and his army of toy soldiers come to life, and Clara is swept away into a fantasy adventure through an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the magical Kingdom of the Sweets.

The spectacular staging has been created especially for the Royal Albert Hall with stunning lighting, projection and gorgeous period costumes, and is performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 70 world-class dancers and a full symphony orchestra.

Royal Albert Hall: 29 – 31 December

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