Ballet fans unite! This Wednesday sees the first ever World Ballet Day, a cross collaboration between five of the biggest ballet companies inÂ the world: The Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi, the Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet. On the menu, daily classes and snippets of ballet rehearsals, spanning the different repertories danced by these companies.
Our personal highlight? To celebrate 40 years of Manon, audiences will be able to follow two rehearsal sessions for Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece. At the Royal Ballet,Â with Marianela NuÃ±ez and Federico Bonelli,Â and atÂ NBC, where Anthony Dowell – the original Des Grieux – will be rehearsingÂ Principal DancersÂ Guillaume CÃ´tÃ©,Â Greta Hodgkinson,Â Evan McKieÂ andÂ Sonia Rodriguez.
Over here, we’re also celebrating Manon’s anniversaryÂ with a new edition of our fan art GIF posters, having dropped by the ROH earlier this month together with Alice Pennefather, to catch principals Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntagirov. We decided to take a cue from French Romanticism for this one. Let us know your thoughts!
Lauren demonstrates Manonâ€™s coquettish signature walk en pointe
Pleased to meet you: a snippet of Manon and Des Grieux’s very first pas de deux
Vadim shows offÂ his beautiful line asÂ Des Grieux inÂ a scene from the “bedroom” pas de deux.
Plus, Lauren and Vadim show us some of MacMillan’s most iconic poses below:Photos & Video: Â© Alice Pennefather, courtesy of ROH.
Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon isÂ on at the Royal Opera House until 1 November, 2014. To book tickets, visit theÂ ROH Website.
For more information about World Ballet Day, visit London Dance.