Better late than never! The Royal Ballet troupe are now well into their summer tour while ballet orphans count the days until the Mariinsky set up camp in Covent Garden to alleviate those dance blues.
That’s over here in London, but if you are lucky enough to be out there (see schedules below) over the next months we suggest you bag some great ballet treats, including MacMillanâ€™s Manon which kicked off in Washington last night and runs until Sunday afternoon. We note, en passant but with a mega pang of jealously, that Alina Cojocaru & Johan Kobborg will be performing it tonight and also in Havana (18 July) while in the UK they have not danced together in a MacMillan ballet for quite some time (Mayerling in early 2007 if memory serves me right). So there you have it, a golden opportunity to watch a golden ballet couple in the great “modern classic” that is Manon.
Otherwise if you wish to take your ballet addiction much further (literally!) we also list below a selection of performances and galas that will be happening over the summer. Travel safely everyone!
The Royal Ballet Summer tour 2009 in a nutshell
Kennedy Center, Washington, USA
25, 26, 27 (mat and eve) and 28 June (mat)
Alhambra Gardens, Granada, Spain
7 and 9 July
Swan Lake (see casting details below)
Gran Teatro de la Havana, Sala Garcia Lorca
14, 15 and 16 July
Mixed Programme: Wayne McGregorâ€™s Chroma/Divertissements: Frederick Ashtonâ€™s Voices of Spring and ThaÃ¯s pas de deux/Kenneth MacMillanâ€™s Romeo and Juliet pas de deux and Winter Dreams pas de deux/Le Corsaire pas de deux/Frederick Ashtonâ€™s A Month in the Country/Johan Kobborgâ€™s Les Lutins
Teatro Karl Marx, Havana
17 and 18 July
Special Performances & Galas (based on information from the dancersâ€™s official websites – listed on our right column – and/or theatre websites and subject to change)