The Governors of the Royal Ballet Companies award a gold medal each year to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to ballet. On 1st November 2019, it was awarded to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Acting Assistant Director and Senior Ballet Master Michael O’Hare on stage at Sadler’s Wells prior to opening night of Giselle.
Principal Character Artist Alastair Marriott and Character Artist and Ballet Master Jonathan Howells have left the Royal Ballet after nearly 60 years between them to explore other opportunities. We wish them great success in their new enterprises and have sent them both presents from the Association.
Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist James Barton left the Company at the end of October to become Assistant Rehearsal Director with Scottish Ballet.
Former BRB Director David Bintley has become a Vice President of bbodance (British Ballet Organisation).
Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson will be performing in a triple bill at the London Coliseum on 7th and 8th December2019, He will be performing in a new work McGregor + Mugler, a collaboration between choreographer Wayne McGregor and designer Manfred Thierry Mugler with Bolshoi Principal Olga Smirnova.
Former Principal Alina Cojocaru is performing in Japan 5-11 February 2020 and at Sadler’s Wells 20-23 February 2020. The programmes for both include Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand.
Viviana Durante’s Company will be performing ISADORA NOW, which will include Ashton’s Five Brahm’s Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncanat the Barbican, 21-29 February 2020.