MacMillan National Celebration: a photo gallery

Jenna Roberts and Tyrone Singleton in Concerto

The month of October brought a historical dance event to the Royal Opera House’s main stage, with Britain’s leading ballet companies getting together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death, and his choreographic legacy. The festival Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, which closes tonight, included the following MacMillan classics:

  • Birmingham Royal Ballet in Concerto.
  • Scottish Ballet in a new production of Le Baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss).
  • The psychedelic ragtime ballet Elite Syncopations featuring dancers from BRB, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet.
  • The Royal Ballet in MacMillan’s final work, the uncompromising The Judas Tree.
  • Northern Ballet in the evocative Gloria.
  • ENB in Song of the Earth.

Alice Pennefather captured the first four ballets in this striking photo gallery:

All photos: © Alice Pennefather, courtesy of ROH

Alice’s creative talents lie in image making. After studying photography at Falmouth College of Arts, she spent 6 years travelling and working abroad, focusing on scuba diving and filming underwater. She has recently returned to London and rediscovered her love of everything Ballet. Alice now works as a freelance photographer, and is a regular at the Royal Ballet General Rehearsals – photographing for us here at The Ballet Bag. You can see more of Alice’s work at


  • December 4, 2017

    Dhananjay Verma

    Absolutely Stunning pictures!! Great work!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  • November 2, 2017

    Rosemary Adams

    Your photos of the Macmillan Celebration at the ROH are absolutely stunning …oh how I wish I could have seen the actual performance(sadly I did not know about it)He was a master of choreography …from every aspect including movement,music,colours – everything always contributed to make his works into wonderous and magical feasts for the audiences …from Rosie Adams.