Compiled by Stuart Sweeney
In this time of self isolation and closed theatres, dance enjoyment can still be obtained online. Here is the first part of a look around Europe at ballet companies’ offerings.
Suggestions from readers for more links to ballet and other dance worldwide will be more than welcome. Let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Metamorphosis by Arthur Pita, The Royal Ballet
Online premiere: Friday 17 April 2020 at 7pm British Summer Time and then for an indefinite period.
From the RB website: Arthur Pita created his award-winning dance-theatre adaptation of Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella in 2011 on Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson, and it was first performed in the Linbury Studio Theatre. The extraordinary choreography captures the devastation of Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a monstrous insect and his family’s struggle to accept him.
A chance to see the remarkably flexible Ed Watson rolling in black treacle. I’m not entirely convinced that this dark, disturbing production is the best thing to show at a time of crisis.
Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier
A chance to see five of Neumeier’s ballets, each available for 48 hrs with some available for a second series – all times are Central European Time:
Sat May 2, 4.30 pm
Death in Venice
Thu April 30, 4.30 pm | Sat May 9, 4.30 pm
Thu May 7, 4.30 pm | Sat May 16, 4.30 pm
Illusions – like Swan Lake
Details about each of the ballets is available on the Hamburg Ballet site.
1984 by Jonathan Watkins, Northern Ballet
Available to watch online until 2 May 2020. From Northern Ballet: If you can, please help us to protect our people and our work during these unprecedented times and make a donation when you watch: https://northernballet.com/pay-as-you…
A very successful full length ballet that won the Critics’ Circle Best New Classical Dance Awaard – no mean feat against the might of the largest UK companies. Strongly recommended.
Ballet Black’s Ingoma by Mthuthuzeli November – Insight Evening
The Royal Ballet organised this Insight in connection with the visit by Ballet Black. We see their gifted young dancer / choreographer, Mthuthuzeli November, rehearsing and discussing his first work for the company about a mining strike in the late 1940’s, but with reference as well to a more recent strike viciously suppressed with loss of life. With a combination of ballet, contemporary and African dance it is a passionate work and has earned November several award nominations.
Finally, a one hour film about two justifiably renowned dancers – be warned, adverts pop up regularly, but can be brushed aside.
ITV South Bank Show documentary on Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg
Steve Haskett writes: Shown in 2005 on ITV as part of the South Bank Show series this, behind the scenes documentary, was made during their time with the Royal Ballet. I was privileged to have been given the job of cameraman, spending many hours filming rehearsals and interviews at the Opera House.