New year, time to update our calendars and balletic schedules. In this post we share our essential ballet picks for 2010. With many of our favourite dances and dancers, plus so many companies stopping by London, we are feeling like seven-year-olds at large in a candy store. The difference being that ballet candy is somewhat more costly (our pockets bleed already and it’s only January). Now that you know where we’ll be going make sure to stop us and say hi.
January â€“ Febuary
While Romeo and Juliet is sure to keep us warm from the Artic conditions outside, we are heading to even colder plains to check out Royal Danish Balletâ€™s Bournonville/Balanchine double bill of La Sylphide/Symphony in C â€“ another programme guaranteed to make our hearts flutter. Later in February itâ€™s time for a look at young choreographerâ€™s Jonathan Watkins new ballet, part of the Infra/Rushes/New Watkins Triple bill.
On February 22 we shall be heading to Covent Garden Odeon to catch The Royal Ballet’s Mayerling, the gritty and shocking balletic drama with Ed Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf.Â Pre-book your tickets and join us for some ballet & popcorn.
Also on our radar: Mara Galeazziâ€™s Fundraising Gala at Sadlerâ€™s Wells which promises to feature new choreography by Steven McRae.
March â€“ April
Speaking of Steven, March brings his Romeo back to Covent Garden, this time paired with the lovely Roberta Marquez who recently featured as Juliet opposite Teddy Kumakawa in K-Balletâ€™s staging (DVD soon out in Japan we hear). There will be other opportunities to catch this young pair in La Fille Mal GardÃ©e and Cinderella both ballets contrasting heavily with the MacMillan Triple bill of Concerto, The Judas Tree and Elite Syncopations.
Also on our radar: We are keeping tabs on the Coliseum which will host Ballet Nacional de Cuba and a mix of international acts at the Nureyev gala on March 21. BRB also have a big gala celebration planned for their 20th anniversary of residence at the Birmingham Hippodrome, including some rarities.
May â€“ June
While Electric Counterpoint and Mats Ekâ€™s Carmen are not really our cup of tea, the Royal Ballet’s May triple bill includes Liam Scarlettâ€™s first ballet for the main stage (his ballet at the Linbury last year stole our hearts) so we go. The Royal Ballet closes another fab season contrasting the neoclassical Symphony in C with ultra modern Chroma and Wheeldonâ€™s Tryst.
Also on our radar: We may have to pay a visit to ENBâ€™s mammoth Swan Lake-in-the-round given Polina Semionova will be guesting.
July â€“ August
While The Royal Ballet is in Japan where Miyako Yoshida dances her last Juliet opposite â€“ him again â€“ Steven McRaeâ€™s Romeo, the Bolshoi takes residence at the ROH with an exciting programme mixing the usual suspects (Le Corsaire, Don Q., Spartacus) with Ratmansky’s wonderful Russian Seasons, a reconstructed Coppelia and a double bill of Giselle/Serenade. Letâ€™s hope for plenty of starry casts.
Also on our radar: As if there wasn’t enough Russian ballet in town, the mighty Mikhailovsky are reportedly bringing Giselle and Swan Lake this summer, lucky we.
September â€“ October
We take a break from ballet in September and gear up for another Royal Ballet season (2010/2011) in the beginning of October.
November â€“ December
It seems The Mariinsky will be bringing The Little Humpbacked Horse to Paris, we pack our bags and go!