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RB wins awards at Positano Premia la Danza Léonide Massine
Louis XIV documentary & The King Dances on BBC tv
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RB 2015/16 Winter season casting
White Lodge Museum to close to the public
BRB appoints new Chief Executive, Jan Teo
RB reviews - the USA tour
RB reviews - Afternoon of a Faun triple bill
RB reviews - Woolf Works
RB 2015/16 Autumn season casting
Woolf Works intros & videos
RB reviews - La Fille mal gardée
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September 8, 2015
World Ballet Day 2015
(ROH news)
Following the success of last year's unprecedented collaboration, five of the world's leading ballet companies will again come together for World Ballet Day, a day of live-streaming via YouTube on 1 October 2015.

The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet will again partner to provide viewers around the world with an inside look at professional ballet companies in the studio, on tour, and in performance.

The Royal Ballet's section of the day will feature exclusive backstage footage from across the Royal Opera House. As well as showing segments of morning class live, filming will follow the preparation and off-stage action from a matinée performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet featuring Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli. Rehearsals for the world premiere of Carlos Acosta’s Carmen which opens in October will be broadcast alongside exclusive footage of Royal Ballet Principals preparing for the 2015/16 Season.

In addition to behind-the-scenes streaming from Melbourne, Moscow, London, Montréal and San Francisco, the day will feature pre-recorded footage from a range of regional dance organizations who are based close to the five companies. These companies include Bangarra Dance Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Northern Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Scottish Ballet.

Throughout the day, viewers will be invited to enter a 'Dance Anywhere' contest by submitting a video or photograph via social media of themselves dancing in front of regional landmarks. Entries may be posted using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and should be tagged with #WorldBalletDay. The best ones will be broadcast to a global audience during the day.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:
3-8am BST: The Australian Ballet live from Melbourne, with special guests Bangarra Dance Theatre, National Ballet of China, Royal New Zealand Ballet
8-11am BST: The Bolshoi Ballet live from Moscow, with special guests Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Hamburg Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre
11am-4pm BST: The Royal Ballet live from London, with special guest companies Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet
4-9pm BST: The National Ballet of Canada live from Montréal, with special guest companies American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
9pm-2am BST: San Francisco Ballet live from San Francisco, with special guests Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Further information, including the content of all participating companies' segments is available from worldballetday.com. World Ballet Day will be available to watch via the official website and YouTube.

September 6, 2015
RB wins awards at the Positano Premia la Danza Léonide Massine
At the 43rd annual Positano Awards, Production of the Year was Wayne McGregor's Woolf Works; Choreographer of the Year was Liam Scarlett; the prestigious Moscow-Positano Prix Benois-Massine for Best Male Dancer (a prize which links the Premio Positano Léonide Massine with Moscow's Prix Benois de la danse) was awarded to Edward Watson.

Positano
Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Sarah Lamb, Kevin O'Hare and Bennet Gartside at Positano.
Photo ©Vito Fusco.


In the open air gala on September 5th Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson danced a duet from Wayne McGregor's Qualia and Sarah Lamb and Bennet Gartside performed part of Liam Scarlett's Asphodel Meadows.

September 1, 2015
The King Who Invented Ballet & The King Dances: BBC Four, Sept 2015
(Press release)
Following on from the success of the March 2014 documentary Dancing in the Blitz: How World War II Made British Ballet, David Bintley presents his second programme for BBC Four for which he goes back in time to 17th Century France to discover the roots of classical ballet as we know it. Filmed over the last year, The King Who Invented Ballet is a 60 minute documentary which shows how Louis XIV’s patronage and passion for dance brought about the evolution of ballet from an instrument of propaganda in the French royal court into a professional art form in its own right.

Framed through Bintley’s own personal fascination with Louis XIV, the film charts how ballet developed during the reign of Louis (also known as the Sun King) whilst also following Bintley’s creation of The King Dances, a brand new one-act ballet for Birmingham Royal Ballet which received its world premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome in June and which will receive its television world premiere on BBC Four directly following the documentary.

The King Dances
William Bracewell in The King Dances. Photo ©Bill Cooper/BRB 2015

During Louis XIV’s reign, dance was central to the lives of the nobility. Louis, himself a keen dancer, ensured that it would develop into an art form that could be taught, preserved and shared, commissioning the invention of dance notation and the foundation of the world’s first ballet school - the Académie Royale de Danse.

The King Who Invented Ballet looks at the central social importance of dance in Louis’ era and features specially shot pieces that help to illustrate what 16th and 17th century dance was like and how it changed from being dominated by the male nobility to introducing the first professional female ballerinas- the pioneers of women in dance.

Bintley’s new ballet for Birmingham Royal Ballet, the 35 minute The King Dances explores Louis’ journey to kinghood. It is inspired by the Ballet de la Nuit, the seminal dance work from 1653 that introduced the fourteen year old Louis as the Rising Sun and the saviour of France after a period of civil war known as the Fronde. Featuring an original score by Stephen Montague, costumes and deigns by Katrina Lindsay and lighting by Peter Mumford, The King Dances is performed by fourteen male dancers and one female dancer. It was filmed specially for its television world premiere on BBC Four at the Birmingham Hippodrome in June 2015.

July 25, 2015
Li Cunxin in conversation
(Press release)
In this special event hosted by the Australia & New Zealand Festival, Queensland Ballet's Artistic Director Li Cunxin will reveal details about the company’s forthcoming London production La Sylphide with Lyndsey Winship (Evening Standard). They will also discuss Li’s extraordinary life, narrated in his best-selling autobiography Mao's Last Dancer, in which has has overcome impossible odds to become a world-renowned businessman, dancer and artistic leader.

Li Cunxin

At the age of 11, Li Cunxin was selected by Madame Mao's cultural advisors to attend the Beijing Dance Academy. In 1979, he joined Houston Ballet as an exchange student, becoming one of the first two cultural exchange students allowed to go to America to study under Mao’s regime. In a dramatic defection, he was subsequently locked up in the Chinese Consulate in Houston. This created a standoff between the Chinese and the American governments, and became the headline story in America. Twenty-one hours later, he walked out of the Chinese Consulate as a free man.

Li went on to achieve the rank of Principal for Houston Ballet in 1982, eventually moving to Melbourne in 1995 with his wife, dancer Mary McKendry. He retired as a dancer in his prime and instead trained as a stockbroker, becoming a successful investor in property and equities until he was appointed as Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet in July 2012. They will make its London Coliseum debut with La Sylphide from 4th – 8th August 2015.

The evening will begin with a welcome by the Australian High Commissioner, HE the Hon Alexander Downer AC.

Tickets are £10, £8 conc or £5 for students, and include a glass of wine on arrival. Please aim to arrive for 6pm (bag and security checks, plus drinks on arrival). The discussion will take place from 6.30pm-7.30pm, followed by book signings.

July 15, 2015
Royal Ballet 2015-2016 Winter season casting

(m = matinée)

Rhapsody (Ashton) / The Two Pigeons (Ashton) x7 Jan 16-30
Rhapsody
Jan 16m, 30m (Hayward, Hay)
Jan 20, 23m, 26† (Osipova, McRae)
Jan 23, 28 (Choe, Zuchetti)

The Two Pigeons
Jan 16m, 20 (Choe, Campbell, Mendizabal, Mock)
Jan 23m, 26† (Cuthbertson, Muntagirov, Morera, Hirano)
Jan 23, 30m (Stix-Brunell, Ball, Calvert, Edmonds)
Jan 28 (Takada, Hay, Magri, tba)

Wheeldon programme: After the Rain / NEW Strapless / Within the Golden Hour x7 Feb 12 - Mar 11
After the Rain
Feb 12, 16, 19; Mar 11 (Nuñez, Soares, Calvert, Kish, Mendizabal, Underwood)
Feb 13m, 17; Mar 10 (Yanowsky, Clarke, Cowley, Mock, Heap, Edmonds)

Strapless
Feb 12, 16, 19 (Osipova, Watson, Bonelli, Ball)
Feb 13m, 17; Mar 10, 11 (Cuthbertson, Richardson, Hristov, Clarke)

Within the Golden Hour
Feb 12, 16, 19; Mar 11 (Lamb, McRae, Cuthbertson, Golding, Stix-Brunell, Muntagirov)
Feb 13m, 17; Mar 10 (Takada, Dyer, Hayward, Zuchetti, Choe, Campbell)

Giselle x16 Feb 26 - Apr 15
Feb 26 (Lamb, Golding, Heap)
Feb 27; Mar 19m (Salenko*, McRae)
Mar 17m, 23; Apr 2 (Cuthbertson, Bonelli, Calvert)
Mar 17 (Nuñez, Muntagirov, Mendizabal)
Mar 29 (Osipova, Golding, Nuñez)
Mar 22, 31; Apr 6† (Nuñez, Muntagirov, Mendizabal)
Mar 28m; Apr 9 (Takada, Soares, Crawford)
Mar 28 (Lamb, Hirano, Kobayashi)
Apr 1 (Takada, Kish, Kobayashi)
Apr 15 (Takada, Kish, Heap)

‡ Casting may change so please check on the ROH website
† Live cinema relay
* Iana Salenko is a Principal Dancer of Berlin State Ballet

July 9, 2015
White Lodge Museum to close to the public
(RBS news release)

We regret to announce that, due to recent changes to our government funding, White Lodge Museum will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future. The Royal Ballet School Collections will remain accessible through the Archives Hub network and a new online timeline.

Despite the closure, The Royal Ballet School Collections will remain intact and will continue to be maintained according to proper archival standards, managed by the School’s Curator of Collections, Anna Meadmore.

Continuing access The Collections will remain open to visiting researchers and descriptions of the Collections will continue to be made available through the Archives Hub network.

They will also become accessible worldwide through a new online timeline, to be published later this year. The timeline will be extensively illustrated with material from the Collections, which will broaden access to both the archival Collections and historic White Lodge. We will be able to display and interpret many more items from the Collections than in the Museum through this exciting new online resource.

We view this necessary change of focus as an opportunity to pursue current best practice, which places archival collections at the centre of learning.

About the Museum and Collections Opened in 2009, the Museum has had more than 12,500 visitors to a range of temporary exhibitions that have showcased materials both from the School’s Collections and loans from private collectors.

The Royal Ballet School Collections date from the School’s founding in 1926: material includes extensive photographic and documentary records of many celebrated alumni, as well as the personal collections of significant individuals and organisations associated with the School.

These include the Founder of The Royal Ballet School and Companies, Ninette de Valois; the dance historian and collector, Arnold Haskell; the Camargo Ballet Society, whose Treasurer was the economist, John Maynard Keynes; and the great teacher, Vera Volkova, among whose students were Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.

June 16, 2015
BRB appoints new Chief Executive, Jan Teo
(Press release)

The Board of Directors at Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced the appointment of Jan Teo as its new Chief Executive. Ms. Teo has served as a member of the Birmingham Royal Ballet Board for the past two years and has long experience in corporate management and the arts. She will take up the position in mid-September. Current Chief Executive Christopher Barron is leaving the Company in July, as announced in November.

Announcing Ms. Teo’s appointment, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Chair of the Board, Professor Michael Clarke said: “I am extremely pleased that we can make this appointment. The Board conducted a thorough international search, and while there was no shortage of qualified candidates it was nevertheless hugely gratifying to find the answer round our own Board table. Jan has just the mix of leadership skills and management experience we need, knows the Company well, and has great experience in the arts sector in Birmingham. We look forward to working successfully with her.”

Jan Teo

In 2009 Ms. Teo joined Deutsche Bank as a Director, heading up the Change and Infrastructure Group in Birmingham. Having played a leading role in the exponential growth of the business, Jan became Chief Operating Officer for Deutsche Bank’s European Service Centres in early 2011. Jan draws on extensive commercial experience of planning and executing strategy, having been formerly a senior leader at Legal and General, Barclays Bank, RAC Motoring Services, Lex Transfleet and the Fraikin Group, working in Service and Business Transformation Director roles.

A strong and active supporter of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ms. Teo joined its board in 2013, and the Company’s Finance and General Purposes Committee in 2014. Ms. Teo is also a Director of the Birmingham Museums Trust, where she chairs the Finance and Operations Committee. She has played an important part in the annual Deutsche Bank Creative Awards and the Women in European Business diversity group. At the invitation of Sir Albert Bore, she led a workshop at the 2012 Cultural Summit, also sits on a steering group of Birmingham’s Creative Partnership Board looking at alternative funding models for arts and creative businesses.

Jan Teo added: “I am delighted to combine my corporate skills with a personal and lifelong passion for the arts and cultural pursuits, and am looking forward to working with the immensely talented and dedicated team at Birmingham Royal Ballet. Having been a member of the Board, I have had the privilege of getting to know the Chair and the Company well, and vice versa. It is a double honour to be following Chris Barron and all his achievements in the role of Chief Executive and to be working toward the future alongside David Bintley.”

June 12, 2015
Royal Ballet tour to the USA (June 2015)
Reviews of Don Quixote in Washington & Chicago (Nuñez/Acosta cast unless otherwise stated)
Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post
Carolyn Kelemen, DCMetroTheaterArts
Hilary Stroh, Bachtrack
Oksana Khadarina, DanceTabs (Nuñez/Acosta, Lamb/Golding)
Alexandra Tomalinos, Danceviewtimes
Frances Steiner, Broadway World
Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune
Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema
Janet Arvia, examiner.com
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times (Osipova/Golding)
Justin Barbin, Huffington Post (Lamb/Bonelli - with photo gallery)

Reviews of The Dream & Song of the Earth, New York
Alastair Macaulay, New York Times (The Dream gala)
Alastair Macaulay, New York Times
Marina Harss, DanceTabs
Mary Cargill, Danceviewtimes
Joel Benjamin, TheaterScene
Alexandra Villarreal, Huffington Post
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn, Bachtrack
Deborah Jowitt, ArtsJournal
Leigh Witchel, Danceviewtimes
The Dream gala evening, Amanda L Gordon, Bloomberg

Reviews of Infra, The Age of Anxiety & Divertissements, New York
Alastair Macaulay, New York Times
Marina Harss, DanceTabs
Sondra Forsyth, Broadway World
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn, Bachtrack
Leigh Witchel, Danceviewtimes
Marianne Adames, Danceviewtimes

Both programmes, New York
Robert Gottlieb, NY Observer
Robert Grescovic, Wall Street Journal

RB Artist Annette Buvoli on returning to Washington
RB Artist David Donelly on visitng Chicago
RB First Artist Meaghan Grace Hinkis on returning to New York where she trained
Audience reaction in Chicago - video
News of the RB's tour on Twitter and company members' photos

May 29, 2015
RB reviews & photos: Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night, The Song of the Earth (May 2015)
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Laura Thompson, The Telegraph
Graham Watts, Londondance
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Ismene Brown, The Spectator
Mark Ronan blog
Ismene Brown on words and music in The Song of the Earth, The Spectator

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
Emma Kauldhar, Dance Europe

May 12, 2015
RB reviews & photos: Woolf Works (May 2015)
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Luke Jennings, The Observer
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times
Louise Levene, Financial Times
Neil Norman, The Stage
Graham Watts, Londondance
Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard
Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Ismene Brown, The Spectator
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Savannah Whaley, Londonist
Alexandra Desvignes, Bachtrack
Verity Healey, Exeunt Magazine
Siobhan Murphy, TimeOut London
David Jays, ArtsJournal
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express
Jessica Duchen

Essays: Dancing Mrs Dalloway, Adam Thirlwell, New York Review of Books
On Woolf Works, Lexi Eikelboom, The Curator

Edward Watson talks about Woolf Works, The Ballet Bag
Composer Max Richter talks about Woolf Works, BBC News
See also…

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
Tristram Kenton, The Guardian
Tristram Kenton, ROH
Alice Pennefather, The Ballet Bag
photos via Instagram
behind the scenes, Mike Terry, The 405

May 5, 2015
Royal Ballet 2015-2016 Autumn season casting
(m = matinée)

Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan) x18 Sept 19 - Dec 2
Sept 19, 22† (Lamb, McRae, Avis)
Sept 24; Nov 3, 23 (Salenko*, McRae, Whitehead)
Sept 26; Oct 1; Nov 11 (Lamb, Muntagirov*, Soares)
Oct 1m, 9, 17 (Cuthbertson, Bonelli, Gartside)
Oct 3m (Naghdi*, Ball*, Gartside)
Oct 23; Nov 5 (Hayward*, Golding*, Whitehead)
Oct 29; Dec 2 (Marquez, Kish*, Hirano)
Nov 20; Dec 1 (Nuñez, Soares, Underwood)


Connectome (Marriott) / Raven Girl (McGregor) x7 Oct 6-24
Connectome
Oct 6, 10m, 20, 22 (Cuthbertson, McRae, Watson)
Oct 8, 12, 24 (Lamb, Campbell, Cervera)

Raven Girl
Oct 6, 10m, 20, 22 (Lamb, Cowley, Watson, Underwood, Soares)
Oct 8, 12, 24 (Stix-Brunell*, Takada, Bonelli, Hirano, Gartside)

Viscera (Scarlett) / Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins) / Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Balanchine) / Carmen (NEW Acosta) x8 Oct 26 - Nov 12
Viscera
Oct 26 (Morera, Stock, Kish)
Oct 28, 31; Nov 2 (Hinkis, Morera, Hirano)
Oct 31m; Nov 9 (Kaneko*, Stock, Kish)
Nov 6, 12† (Morera, Nuñez, Hirano)

Afternoon of a Faun
Oct 26; Nov 6, 12† (Lamb, Muntagirov)
Oct 28, 31m; Nov 2 (Cuthbertson, Underwood)
Oct 31; Nov 9 (Cowley, Ball)

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Oct 26; Nov 6, 12† (Salenko*, McRae*)
Oct 28, 31m; Nov 2 (Nuñez, Muntagirov*)
Oct 31; Nov 9 (Cuthbertson*, Golding*)

Carmen
Oct 26; Nov 6, 12† (Nuñez*, Acosta*, Bonelli*)
Oct 28, 31m; Nov 2 (Morera*, Bonelli*, Acosta*)
Oct 31; Nov 9 (Heap*, Muntagirov*, Ball*)

Monotones I & II (Ashton) / The Two Pigeons (Ashton) x7 Nov 18 - Dec 5
Monotones I
Nov 18, 19, 27; Dec 5m, 5 (Maguire, Naghdi, Dyer)
Nov 24; Dec 4 (Pajdak, Magri*, Hay*)

Monotones II
Nov 18, 24; Dec 5m, 5 (Nuñez, Hristov, Watson)
Nov 19, 27; Dec 4 (Arestis, Kish, Hirano)

The Two Pigeons
Nov 18, 24 (Cuthbertson*, Muntagirov*, Morera*, Hirano*)
Nov 19, 27; Dec 4 (Salenko*, McRae*, Kaneko*, Montaño*)
Dec 5m (Takada*, Hay*, Magri* Zucchetti*)
Dec 5 (Choe*, Campbell*, Mendizabal*, Mock*)


The Nutcracker x26 Dec 8 - Jan 14
Dec 8, 14 (Salenko*, McRae, Avis, Hayward, Campbell)
Dec 9 (Lamb, Muntagirov*, Saunders, Hinkis, Cervera)
Dec 11 (Cuthbertson, Golding*, Avis, Hayward, Campbell)
Dec 12 (Morera, Campbell, Saunders, Hinkis, Cervera)
Dec 16† (Cuthbertson, Kish, Avis, Hayward, Campbell)
Dec 17m (Lamb, Hristov, Whitehead*, Hinkis, Dyer)
Dec 17 (Morera, Campbell, Saunders, O’Sullivan*, Hay)
Dec 18m (Cuthbertson, M. Golding, Avis, Maguire, Dyer)
Dec 21 (Morera, Bonelli, Saunders, Maguire, Dyer)
Dec 22m (Lamb, Hristov, Whitehead, O’Sullivan, Hay)
Dec 23m (Salenko, McRae, Marriott, Maguire, Dyer)
Dec 23 (Takada, Zucchetti, Gartside, Hinkis, Ella*)
Dec 24m, 28m (Choe, Campbell, Tuckett, Stock*, Sambé*)
Dec 28 (Kaneko, Kish, Saunders, Hinkis, Ella)
Dec 29m (Kobayashi, Hirano, Marriott, Maguire, Dyer)
Dec 31m (Kaneko, Kish, Tuckett, Stock, Sambé)
Dec 31 (Choe, Campbell, Tuckett, Hinkis, Ella)
Jan 2m (Kobayashi, Hirano, Gartside, Maguire, Acri*)
Jan 5 (Nuñez, Muntagirov, Gartside, Hayward, Zucchetti)
Jan 6 (Takada, Hristov, Gartside, Maguire, Acri)
Jan 8, 14 (Nuñez, Muntagirov, Avis, Hayward, Zucchetti)
Jan 9m (Kaneko, Kish, Marriott, O'Sullivan, Hay*)
Jan 13 (Takada, Hristov, Marriott, O'Sullivan, Hay)

‡ Casting may change so please check with the ROH website
† Live cinema relay
* first performance in this role

May 1, 2015
Wayne McGregor's Woolf Works - video previews & features
Alessandra Ferri's return to the Opera House, Sarah Crompton ROH
Wayne McGregor interview, Hunger TV
Wayne McGregor and Woolf Works, Jessica Duchen, The Independent
Wayne McGregor rehearses Alessandra Ferri & Federico Bonelli, ROH video
Wayne McGregor rehearses Edward Watson, ROH video
Wayne McGregor, Uzma Hameed, Alessandra Ferri & Federico Bonelli in discussion with writer Bonnie Greer, ROH video
Max Richter's music, Chris Shipman ROH
Woolf Works unwrapped, Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Q & A with Wayne McGregor, Laura Cappelle, Dance Magazine
Rehearsal photos, Instagram

April 18, 2015
RB reviews & photos: La File mal gardée (April 2015)
(Morera/Muntagirov cast unless otherwise stated)
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs
Sarah Frater, The Stage
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack
Sam Smith, Londonist
Lyndsey Winship, The Standard
GJ Dowler, ClassicalSource
Graham Watts, Londondance
Ismene Brown, The Spectator
Mark Ronan
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph (Osipova/McRae)
Zoë Anderson, The Independent (Osipova/McRae)
Mark Ronan (Osipova/McRae)
Luke Jennings, The Observer (Osipova/McRae)
Graham Watts, Londondance (Osipova/Mcrae cinema relay)

Laura Morera & Vadim Muntagirov on Fille: Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Lesley Collier & Darcey Bussell talk about Fille: ROH video
An introduction to Fille: ROH video

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs (Osipova/McRae)
Tristram Kenton, ROH
Alice Pennefather, The Ballet Bag

April 17, 2015
Royal Ballet schedule for the 2015/2016 season
11 RB main stage programmes (127 performances)
m = matinée, * = live cinema relay

Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan, 50th anniversary revival) x18 performances
Sept 19, 22*, 24, 26; Oct 1m, 1, 3m, 9, 17, 23, 29; Nov 3, 5, 11, 20, 23; Dec 1, 2 CASTING

Connectome (Marriott) / Raven Girl (McGregor) x7
Oct 6, 8, 10m,12, 20, 22, 24m CASTING

Viscera (Scarlett) / Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins) / Tchaikovsky pas de deux (Balanchine) / NEW Carmen (Acosta) x8
Oct 26, 28, 31m, 31; Nov 2, 6, 9, 12* CASTING

Monotones
Marianela Nuñez, Edward Watson & Federico Bonelli in Monotones II
Photo by Bill Cooper ©ROH/Bill Cooper 2013


Monotones I and II / Two Pigeons x7 (all-Ashton programme)
Nov 18, 19, 24, 27; Dec 4, Dec 5m, 5 CASTING

The Nutcracker x26
Dec 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16*, 17m, 17, 18, 21m, 22m, 23m, 23, 24m, 28m, 28, 29m, 31m, 31; Jan 2m, 5, 6, 8, 9m, 13, 14 CASTING

Elizabeth (Will Tuckett)
Jan 8-17 (Linbury Studio Theatre)

Rhapsody / Two Pigeons (all-Ashton programme) x7
Jan 16m, 20, 23m, 23, 26*, 28, 30m CASTING

After the Rain / NEW Strapless / Within the Golden Hour (all-Wheeldon programme) x7
Feb 12, 13m, 16, 17, 19; Mar 10, 11 CASTING

Giselle x16
Feb 26, 27; Mar 17m, 17, 19m, 22, 23, 28m, 28, 29, 31; Apr 1, 2, 6*, 9, 15 CASTING

The Winter's Tale (Wheeldon) x15
Apr 12, 13, 16m, 18, 20, 21, 27, 28, 30m, 30; May 21; June 1, 4m, 7m, 7 CASTING

NEW Frankenstein (Scarlett) x10
May 4, 6, 7m, 7, 17, 18*, 20, 24, 25, 27 CASTING

Obsidian Tear (NEW McGregor) / The Invitation (MacMillan) / Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon) x6
May 28, 31; June 3, 10, 11m, 11 CASTING

Royal Ballet School Summer Performance
July 9

Live cinema broadcasts:
  Romeo and Juliet, September 22 2015
  Viscera mixed bill, November 12
  The Nutcracker, December 16
  Rhapsody / Two Pigeons, January 26 2016
  Giselle, April 6
  Frankenstein, May 18

Royal Ballet Linbury Studio Theatre programme
  Symphonie Dramatique (Cas Public), Sept 23-26
  Chéri, from Sept 28
  Royal New Zealand Ballet, Nov 17-21
  Phoenix Dance Theatre, Nov 11-14
  Elizabeth (Will Tuckett), Jan 2016

ROH press release

March 28, 2015
RB reviews & photos: The Four Temperaments, Untouchable, The Song of the Earth (March 2015)
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
Graham Watts, Londondance
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Luke Jennings, The Observer
Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard
Gerald Dowler, Classical Source
Neil Norman, The Stage
Ismene Brown, The Spectator
Maria Iu, Exeunt
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express

Twitter comments
Hofesh Shechter interview by Mark Monahan, ROH

Photos: Tristram Kenton, ROH
Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
Emma Kauldhar, Dance Europe

Video
: The Song of the Earth in rehearsal, ROH

March 23, 2015
Ann Maguire Gala (March 2015)
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Liz Hoggard, Evening Standard

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs

March 21, 2015
BRB reviews & photos: Serenade, Carmina burana (March 2015)
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Mark Monahan, Telegraph
Judith Flanders, The Arts Desk
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Neil Norman, The Stage
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Graham Watts, Londondance
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express
Louise Levene, Financial Times
Ismene Brown, The Spectator
Tim Bano, Exeunt

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs

March 1, 2015
RB reviews & photos: Draft Works (February 2015)
Louise Levene, Financial Times
Lynette Halewood, DanceTabs
Luke Jennings, The Observer
Graham Watts, Londondance
Shelley Pinto-Dsuchinsky, Bachtrack

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
Andrej Uspenski, ROH

February 11, 2015
RB reviews & photos: Swan Lake (February/March 2015)
(Nuñez/Acosta cast unless otherwise stated)
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Giannandrea Poesio, DanceTabs
Sarah Frater, The Stage
David Nice, The Arts Desk
Graham Watts, Londondance
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express
Allan Hunter, Daily Express
Sam Smith, Londonist
Alastair Macaulay, New York Times (Osipova/Golding)
Clement Crisp, Financial Times (Obraztsova/McRae)
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian (Obraztsova/McRae)
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source (Obraztsova/McRae)
Luke Jennings, The Observer (Obraztsova/McRae)

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
Alice Pennefather, The Ballet Bag
ROH, the Anthony Dowell Swan Lake by various photographers with many casts

Thoughts on a new Royal Ballet Swan Lake from Ismene Brown, The Spectator, from Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, and from Luke Jennings, The Observer