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  1. 1 hour ago, oncnp said:

    Sky news reporting Tier 3 for Birmingham so would appear they've lost the whole run. Terrible esp considering it has also been reported that not one case can be traced back to attending a performance. 


    Devastating news for all concerned.  If anyone can work out some of the logic behind the the tier system and the virus going away for Christmas please let me know.

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    Press Release for Immediate Release: 24 November, 2020  
    With pianist MATTHIEU ESNULT and Special Guest NATASCHA MAIR, Principal Dancer at English National Ballet
    The Vienna-based violinist Yury Revich is joined by French pianist Matthieu Esnult for a varied late evening concert on Saturday December 5 at The Hippodrome Casino in London’s Leicester Square. It will feature a mix of famous pieces such as Pablo de Sarasate The Carmen Fantasy and Debussy Clair de Lune with a few less well-known including some virtuoso works for the violin, and a selection of Yury’s own neo-classical compositions. Yury plays on the Stradivari Violin “Princess Aurora” from 1709. Part of the ticket sales will go towards the Dreamland Charity.
    Yury and Matthieu will also perform Saint-Saëns The Dying Swan with Natascha Mair, Principal Dancer at English National Ballet.
    Program (with introductions by Yury Revich)
    Claude Debussy:
    Arabesque No.1 
    Clair de Lune (arr.) 
    Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Violin Concerto Op.2 No.1 (extract)
    Igor Frolov: Fantasy on the themes of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess 
    Camille Saint-SaënsLe Cygne from Le Carnaval des animaux - with Natascha Mair
    Yury Revich:
    Moto (UK premiere)
    Layers (World premiere)
    Henri VieuxtempsYankee Doodle 
    Jules Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs 
    Pablo de SarasateCarmen Fantasy 
    Yury Revich won the ECHO Klassik 2016 "Newcomer of the Year", was "Young Artist of the Year" 2015 International Classical Music Awards and was awarded Musician of the Year by the Beethoven Center, Vienna. In the last couple of years Yury had his debuts at Tokyo's Metropolitan Arts Space, La Scala Milan, Tonhalle Zurich, Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin and Cadogan Hall London. Coming concerts include Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Vienna, Rheingau Festival, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Prinzregententheater Munich, Theater an der Wien, Irish recital tour, tours with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Since February 2016 Yury has performed on the Stradivari violin "Princess Aurora" from 1709 placed at his disposal by the Goh Family Foundation Singapore.
    Matthieu Esnult is a young and vibrant French pianist. He has performed recently in concert halls such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris Salle Cortot, Venice’s Fenice, and in over sixty different countries. He regularly gives concert tours in China and India.  A lover of French and Romantic music, and a graduate from Sorbonne University in French Literature and Philosophy, Matthieu loves performing as a soloist, but also with opera singers, violinists, dancers, and with his piano duo. He has been performing internationally with Yury Revich for five years. 
    Natascha Mair was born in Vienna, where she graduated in 2012 at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. In 2012 she joined the Vienna State Opera Ballet and was awarded the Jury Prize at the International Ballet School Competition in Beijing as well as the first prize in the Premio Roma Danza. In 2014 she was promoted to demi-soloist and in 2016 to soloist. In December 2018, Vienna State Ballet Director Manuel Legris promoted Mair to first soloist following a performance of Rudolf Nureyev's The Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera House. In 2020 Natascha Mair left the Vienna State Ballet and was appointed principal dancer at the English National Ballet.

    Booking Information
    9pm, Saturday 5 December 2020
    The Hippodrome Casino London, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7JH
    (The concert will last approximately 1 hour 30 mins – 2 hours, including talks)
    A limited number of socially distanced tickets are available - £21.88 each
    (The performance is subject to developing Government restrictions)
    ‘Dreamland’ is the children’s charity created by Yury with UNICEF: www.dreamland-charity.com

    Yury Revich
    ECHO Klassik and International Classical Music Awards Winner
    office@yuryrevich.com | www.yuryrevich.com
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/yuryrevich
    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/yury.revich
    Yury plays 1709 Stradivarius on loan from the Goh Foundation Singapore 
  3. Links - Wednesday 25 November, 2020



    Streaming Recommendations:

    This week’s standouts in streaming dance:  Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times

     Five (American) online Nutcrackers, including Pacific Northwest Ballet:  Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

    Candoco, Cuckoo:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


    Streamed Reviews:

    American Ballet Theatre, ABT Today: The Future Starts Now:  Siobhan Burke, NY Times

    Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Approximately Close:  Erika MacKenzie, McGill Tribune

    Northern Rascal, The Aftermath:  Louise Jones, Exeunt


    Netflix News - Netflix film chronicles Debbie Allen’s different Nutcracker:

    Gia Kourlas, NY Times

    Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle





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    Marion Tait to step down as Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet



    Photo credit:  Andrew Ross


    Marion Tait CBE will step down from her role as Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet on 31 December 2020.


    Marion will still be very much part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet family and, from January, will be working part time, rehearsing and coaching the Company dancers, continuing to impart her years of skill and wisdom.


    Marion said: The present situation with Covid-19, has made it impossible for me to fulfil such a crucial role at Birmingham Royal Ballet at this very important time in its history.  I would have loved to have carried on supporting Carlos in his exciting vision for the Company and, in a way, I will, as I continue to rehearse and coach the dancers and try to be as useful to the Company as I can! I shall still feel part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet family, which is something I am proud to be. 


    Born in London, Marion joined the Royal Ballet touring company (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) at just 17, rising to the rank of Principal and dancing the lead ballerina roles in all the classics. 

    In 1995 she became Birmingham Royal Ballet's Ballet Mistress, and for many years has taught and rehearsed the Company. Until recently she performed character roles such as a scene-stealing Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty and The Wicked Stepmother in David Bintley’s Cinderella, which was created for her in 2010.

    She was made an OBE in 1992 and a CBE in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours list. Marion has twice been nominated for Olivier Awards (Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, 1994, and Hagar in Pillar of Fire, 1995), was named Dancer of the Year 1994 and that same year also received the Evening Standard Ballet Award for Outstanding Performance. Most recently she was awarded the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement 2019 by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards. Marion is Patron of The Edge arts centre in Solihull. 

    Marion assisted Desmond Kelly in directing Birmingham Royal Ballet's artistic team for Ballet Changed My Life - Ballet Hoo!, the education project documented on Channel 4 during September and October 2006, for which she was presented with a special award at the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards in 2008. 

  5. So I was glued to my screen at 8pm on Thursday for an evening celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet becoming Birmingham Royal Ballet.


    The evening started with a zoomed speech from a Birmingham councillor saying what the company meant to the city and as well as the performed pieces it included interviews with 2 of the participants from the memorable Ballet Hoo! and about Dance Track.  Carlos Acosta introduced the evening and spoke lovingly about the City of Birmingham, the company he now directs and its dancers and heritage repertoire.


    The dance started with Ben Stevenson's duet End of Time danced by Yijing Zhang and Brandon Lawrence.  It is a very quiet duet (inspired by On the Beach) about the last 2 remaining humans.  The chemistry between Yijing and Brandon was palpable and their performance can only be described as sublime.  Despite the depressing subject matter I found it filled with not only yearning but hope and I was so uplifted by it that I have now watched it about a gazillion times since Thursday evening.  Yijing is one of those dancers who seems to have a serene other-worldliness on stage (although she is actually a very vivid actor) and I think this evening shows that she and Brandon could be THE partnership to watch if they are paired together more often (I live in hopes).


    After Brandon's powerhouse performance of Liebestod in the Lazuli Sky programme we were treated to Tzu-Chao Chou in the same role.  The same solo and 2 very different dancers.  I loved Tzu-Chao's intense and expressive performance.  Somehow watching it again yesterday it reminded me of the Faun in Nijinsky's L'Après-Midi.  It was as though he was discovering himself for the first time.  


    After an interval we finally got to see Majismo a Spanish-influenced piece for 4 couples.  It was a delight to watch and showed all the dancers at their sparkling best.  Both Yijing (this time partnered by Alex Yap) and Tzu-Chao were in this piece.  It's frothy with some virtuoso choreography for the gentlemen of the company.  Standouts for me were the always miraculous Momoko Hirata and the sublime Miki Mizutani.


    This performance is available till next Thursday and is well worth seeking out.


    So far, within the confines of these challenging times, I have greatly enjoyed BRB's performances but I have to hope against hope that Carlos delivers on his loving words and we can see again some of the wonderful ballets already in the company's rep.

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  6. Links - Saturday 21 November, 2020



    Obituary - Don Cantwell, AD Charleston Ballet:  Staff, Live 5



    Feature - Robert Battle, AD Alvin Ailey:  Victoria Looseleaf, Fjord Review


    Streamed Reviews - Birmingham Royal Ballet, 30th Anniversary Performance:

    David Mead, Seeing Dance

    Gerard Davis, Dancing Review


    Streamed Features - Scottish Ballet, The Swan:

    Ashley Davies, Times

    Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review


    Live Review - West Australian Ballet, GALA, Perth:  Graeme Watson, Out in Perth


    News - English National Ballet’s ENB at Home digital platform:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


    Live Review - Royal New Zealand Ballet, Sleeping Beauty, Christchurch:  Dr Ian Lochhead, NZ Theatreview


    Documentary Feature - Audrey Hepburn’s story: poverty, pirouettes and pain:  Debra Craine, Times


    News - Pacific Northwest Ballet’s AD Peter Boal announces promotions during virtual gala:  Sondra Forsyth, Broadway World


    Feature - DistDancing:  Alex King, Red Bulletin


    News - It was the ROH chairman who bought the Hockney painting and it will still be on display:  Lizzie Deane, Mail

  7. 1 hour ago, Nama said:

     it has also been the case that the Elmhurst students don’t get into the BRB at graduation- even though supposedly attached to the company via the school. 



    Which is not entirely accurate.  Of the current roster the following dancers have Elmhurst on their bio (around 10% of the current company):


    Rosanna Ely

    Ryan Felix

    Miles Gilliver

    Emma Price

    Hamish Scott

    Joseph Taylor


    Other dancers, now left, also came through Elmhurst including James Barton and Nathanael Skelton who were the first 2 accepted into the company after the relationship with the school was announced.


    If you look at the bios throughout the company the dancers come from very diverse backgrounds and different schools.

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  8. We've received a very useful listing for what is happening between now and the new year:


    (Nov - Dec)



    Ballo Arthur Pita presents

    The Little Match Girl 

    17 December to 27 December

    Sadler’s Wells, London

    For website link, please click here


    Christmas returns to Sadler’s Wells with performances of Ballo Arthur Pita’s magical family favourite The Little Match Girl, following five hugely successful Christmas seasons in the Lilian Baylis Studio. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, director and choreographer Arthur Pita presents a beautiful reimagining of The Little Match Girl through dance, song and Frank Moon’s atmospheric music performed live on stage. On an icy cold Christmas eve in an imaginary Italian town, the little match girl wanders the streets with just one final match to keep her warm. Along her journey she encounters kindness and cruelty, in a timeless fable about family, friendship and hope. The Little Match Girl runs across the festive season from Thursday 17 December to Sunday 27 December, this time in Sadler’s Wells Theatre to allow social distancing for audiences to take place.



    Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present

    The Nutcracker at the REP

    14 December to 22 December 

    Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham

    For website link, please click HERE 


    This Christmas, the full-length production of The Nutcracker will be shortened to an 80-minute magical experience that will retain all of the most enchanting moments and characters from the classic full-length show. The Nutcracker at The REP will whisk audiences from the heartwarming Christmas Eve party where Fritz and Clara meet the magician Drosselmeyer, to the rousing battle between King Rat and the toy soldiers, through a flurry of Snowflakes and onto a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets where Clara meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince - all accompanied by the cherished Tchaikovsky score performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.


    Breakin’ Convention presents

    Social DisDancing 

    11 December to 12 December
    Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

    Sadler’s Wells, London 

    For website link, please click here


    Breakin’ Convention takeover Sadler’s Wells Theatre in December, presenting its first live events since lockdown and the cancellation of the 2020 Festival. Hosted by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D, Social DisDancing is a mini-festival of new work showcasing the best of hip hop dance. The evening features performances from AIM, the high-energy all female popping crew; a London premiere for Jamaal O’Driscoll, featuring b-boy Marius in a duet exploring duality and mental clarity; and a world premiere from renowned East London company and Breakin’ Convention favourites, Boy Blue. The event will also feature film screenings, including a showing of Jonzi D and jessica Care moore’s recent work, the powerful Our Bodies Back, a riveting dance film that speaks out against anti-Black racism and honours the lived experiences of Black women past and present. Breakin’ Convention Social DisDancing runs Friday 11 – Saturday 12 December 2020. 



    English National Ballet presents:

    Nutcracker Delights 

    17 December 2020 - 3 January 2021

    London Coliseum

    For website link, please click HERE 


    This special version of the Christmas classic sees the Company perform a selection of the ballet’s most popular moments and iconic scenes accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live by musicians from English National Ballet Philharmonic.

    For more information, please contact Alice Lawley on alice.lawley@ballet.org.uk / 07946541703


    New Adventures presents:

    A Christmas Wish 

    Release Date week commencing 21 December 

    Online (with exclusive clip available to newsletter subscribers) LINK

    For website link LINK


    A Christmas Wish is a short, stirring and poignant film devised and directed by Matthew Bourne of New Adventures most memorable duets from their classic shows including Edward Scissorhands, Cinderella and Nutcracker! performed on the stage of Sadler’s Wells. Featuring New Adventures principal dancers Cordelia Braithwaite, Paris Fitzpatrick, Glenn Graham, Andy Monaghan, Liam Mower, Dominic North and Ashley Shaw, and two of the company’s brightest young talents Harrison Dowzell and Sharol Mackenzie, the duets will vividly animate the space with memories of shows past. As the dancers take a bow to an empty auditorium with it comes a sense of  hope for 2021 when the company will be back on stage in front of their much missed loyal audiences. New Adventures partners once again with TEA Films to bring these beautiful and magical duets to life on film.



    Sadler’s Wells presents:
    Sadler’s Wells Global Gala
    Saturday 5 December, 7.30pm

    For website link, please click here

    As this exceptional year draws to a close, Sadler's Wells brings together talented artists and ambassadors from around the world for its first ever virtual fundraising gala, celebrating the beauty and joy of dance. The Sadler’s Wells Global Gala will be broadcast online on Saturday 5 December via YouTube and is free for everyone to enjoy. Featuring performances, sketches and messages from Sadler's Wells global family of artists, audiences can expect to see some familiar faces but perhaps not as they’ve seen them before. Appearances include world-leading dance artists Carlos Acosta, Akram Khan and Natalia Osipova, and Sadler's Wells ambassadors including acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley and award-winning actor and director Fiona Shaw. Funds raised will be matched and contribute to the full reopening of Sadler's Wells three theatres. 



    Scottish Ballet presents:

    The Secret Theatre - A Christmas Special

    21 December 2020, 6pm

    Available online until Thu 24 Dec 2020

    For website link, please click here


    This Christmas, Scottish Ballet brings the magic of the theatre into homes with the world premiere of its first feature film, The Secret Theatre. Created by CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and collaborator Lez Brotherston, alongside Co-Screen Directors Jess & Morgs, it follows a young boy as he stumbles into a theatre. It may be empty, but the show will go on as the worlds of the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy collide and bring it back to life. Starring characters and choreography from the company’s popular festive ballets, The Secret Theatre is set against a score of Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, recorded live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.



    The Royal Ballet presents:

    The Nutcracker

    Friday 11 December - Sunday 3 January 

    Tickets: £5 - £100

    For website link, please click https://www.roh.org.uk/


    The Royal Ballet’s much-loved production of The Nutcracker returns in a COVID-safe restaging of Peter Wright’s celebrated two-act production. Opening on Friday 11 December and running until Sunday 3 January there will be 17 magical performances, with tickets available to purchase from Tuesday 1 December.  Enjoy the much-loved elements of this cherished classic, from the magical growing Christmas tree, to the enchanting Dance of the Snowflakes and spectacular duet with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince in the Kingdom of Sweets. New for The Royal Ballet’s 2020 production is a battle scene between the Nutcracker, the Mouse King and their armies, choreographed by Will Tuckett. Combined with Tchaikovsky's sumptuous score, performed live by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, and charming designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, this classic ballet is not to be missed.

    Leading up to this festive treat, The Royal Ballet invites audiences to watch the dancers in a special filmed Insight of The Nutcracker in Rehearsal via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel on Tuesday 1 December at 7pm GMT. This streamed event is part of the Royal Opera House digital Insights programme.


    The Place and Peut-Etre Theatre present:

    An interactive performance workshop for primary school children
    December 2020

    Across primary schools in Camden
    After a more than unusual year with too much screen time and not enough play time, The Place and Peut-Être Theatre set out to bring smiles, laughter and live performance back to children around Camden and beyond. In December, (with support from Camden Council),  they will be visiting schools with performative workshops based around Peut-Être’s imaginative lockdown podcast series, Audiomoves, that transport children into different worlds to explore through music and dance. We know how much schools will be missing their usual Christmas theatre trip this year and hope that these workshops bring a little playful magic back into the classroom.



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  9. Links - Friday 20 November, 2020



    Live Review - Royal New Zealand Ballet, Sleeping Beauty, Christchurch:  Kerri Fitzgerald, NZ TheatreView


    Live Review - West Australian Ballet, GALA, Perth:  Rita Clarke, Limelight


    Streamed Review - Royal Ballet, Within the Golden Hour:  Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle


    News - Save a seat this Christmas - fundraising campaign for Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Rep:  News Desk, Broadway World


    Streaming Preview - Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Approximately Close:  Anna Asimakopulos, CBC


    Streamed Review - BalletX, Premieres:  Ellen Dunkel, Philadelphia Inquirer


    Streamed Review - Donald Byrd, Lyric Suite:  Wendy Perron, Blog


    Streaming News - Atlanta Ballet’s digital plans:  Alex Brown, Decaturish


    Streamed Review - Sam Ford & Anna Holmes, The Aftermath:  Ron Simpson, Reviews Hub


    Feature - Indigenous dance school finds feet in face of Covid-19 crush:  Nick Galvin, Sydney Morning Herald


    Preview Feature - Shuji Onodera, Knife, Yokohama:  Nobuko Tanaka, Japan Times

  10. 8 hours ago, alison said:


    Here's a radical suggestion: what if - shock horror - given the small audiences (if any) they'll be able to have at the ROH, and how quickly even normal-sized performances sell out, a decision is taken not to formally announce casting at all, and to make everyone take pot luck, rather than to bother announcing casting when there's every chance that, due to the bubble system, if one dancer has to come out for whatever reason the rest of the casting could be turned upside down as well (if that is indeed a potential scenario)?  This forum would be in an uproar, of course, but it's probably one of the few ballets where it might conceivably be an option :D


    But yes, hopefully it comes off at all, and the Government doesn't put the kibosh on Christmas performances :(


    Welcome to the "normal" world of a Northern Ballet fan!

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  11. Links - Thursday 19 November, 2020



    Streamed Review - Pacific Northwest Ballet, Rep 2:  Annie Nikunen, Bachtrack


    News -  Boston Ballet’s virtual season:  Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald


    News - Houston Ballet goes digital until June 2021 (including Nutcracker):

    Molly Grenzer, Houston Chronicle

    Emma Schkloven, Houstonia


    Feature - Running the Paris Opera was never going to be easy:  Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times


    Feature - Donald Byrd, choreographer:  Garnet Henderson, Dance Magazine


    Feature - Stitched into neighbourhoods, dance studios battle to stay open:  Siobhan Burke, NY Times


    Live Preview - Jean Sergent & Brigid Costello, The Slutcracker, Wellington:  LibraryKris, Wellingtonista


    Netflix Preview - Tiny Pretty Things (billed as a cross between Black Swan and Pretty Little Liars):  Zoe Shenton, Cosmopolitan

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    English National Ballet

    Nutcracker Delights

    London Coliseum

    Thursday 17 December 2020 - Sunday 3 January 2021



    Making their return to stage, English National Ballet performs Nutcracker Delights at the London Coliseum this Christmas, now opening Thursday 17 December and running until Sunday 3 January 2021. 




    Nutcracker Delights is a special 75-minute version of the festive classic which sees the Company perform a selection of the ballet’s most popular moments and iconic scenes, from Snowflakes and hot air balloon rides to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live by musicians from English National Ballet Philharmonic.


    Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet’s Artistic Director said: “English National Ballet has performed a version of The Nutcracker every year since the Company was founded in 1950 and I’m so pleased that, despite the challenges faced, we have been able to find a way for the tradition to live on, in this, our 70th Anniversary year. It’s more important than ever that we are able to bring audiences some festive joy this Christmas and we cannot wait to return to the stage next month.”


    Opening night will see Natascha Mair’s first performance with English National Ballet. Natascha, who has previously performed with Vienna State Opera Ballet, has joined the Company as Principal and will be debuting in the role of Clara and will also perform the role of Sugar Plum Fairy later in the run. 


    Also performing in the iconic roles of Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy are Lead Principals Erina Takahashi and Fernanda Oliveira, Principal Shiori Kase and First Soloists Emma Hawes and Katja Khaniukova. Lead Principals Joseph Caley, Jeffrey Cirio, Isaac Hernández and Francesco Gabriele Frola will perform the role of Prince, whilst First Soloist Junor Souza will dance both Prince and Nutcracker. First Soloist Aitor Arrieta, Soloist Skyler Martin and Artist of the Company Fernando Carratalá Coloma dance the role of Nutcracker.


    Principal Casting
    (in the order of Clara, Sugar Plum Fairy, Prince, Nutcracker) 


    Thursday 17 December

    Natascha Mair*, Erina Takahashi, Joseph Caley, Aitor Arrieta


    Friday 18 December

    Katja Khaniukova, Fernanda Oliveira, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Junor Souza 


    Saturday 19 December (mat)

    Erina Takahashi, Shiori Kase, Isaac Hernández, Skyler Martin


    Saturday 19 December

    Erina Takahashi, Shiori Kase, Isaac Hernández, Skyler Martin


    Monday 21 December (mat)

    Emma Hawes, Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio, Fernando Carratalá Coloma


    Monday 21 December

    Emma Hawes, Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio, Fernando Carratalá Coloma


    Tuesday 22 December (mat)

    Natascha Mair, Erina Takahashi, Joseph Caley, Aitor Arrieta


    Tuesday 22 December

    Natascha Mair, Erina Takahashi, Joseph Caley, Aitor Arrieta


    Wednesday 23 December (mat)

    Fernanda Oliveira, Emma Hawes, Junor Souza, Fernando Carratalá Coloma


    Wednesday 23 December

    Fernanda Oliveira, Emma Hawes, Junor Souza, Fernando Carratalá Coloma


    Thursday 24 December (mat)

    Erina Takahashi, Shiori Kase, Isaac Hernández, Skyler Martin


    Saturday 26 December (mat)

    Katja Khaniukova, Fernanda Oliveira, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Junor Souza 


    Sunday 27 December (mat)

    Natascha Mair, Erina Takahashi, Joseph Caley, Aitor Arrieta


    Tuesday 29 December

    Emma Hawes, Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio, Fernando Carratalá Coloma


    Wednesday 30 December

    Shiori Kase, Natascha Mair, Isaac Hernández, Skyler Martin


    Thursday 31 December (mat)

    Emma Hawes, Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio, Fernando Carratalá Coloma


    Saturday 2 January (mat)

    Katja Khaniukova, Fernanda Oliveira, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Junor Souza 


    Saturday 2 January

    Katja Khaniukova, Fernanda Oliveira, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Junor Souza 


    Sunday 3 January (mat)

    Shiori Kase, Natascha Mair, Isaac Hernández, Skyler Martin


    *Debut in role with English National Ballet


    Casting is subject to change. Please see www.ballet.org.uk for up-to-date casting.

    All rehearsals and performances are in strict compliance with the UK Government’s COVID-19 guidance. To find out more about how English National Ballet is working with the London Coliseum to create socially distanced performances, visit www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker-delights




    English National Ballet is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England. 


    English National Ballet is grateful for the generous grant it has been awarded through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which allows it to continue to create, perform and serve its audiences. 


    NatWest is Principal Partner of English National Ballet.


    Notes to Editors


    Listings information 

    Nutcracker Delights

    London Coliseum 

    Thursday 17 December 2020 – Sunday 3 January 2021

    Press night: Thursday 17 December, 7.30pm
    Box Office: 

    This performance runs for approximately 75 minutes with no interval.


    Presented by English National Ballet Enterprises Ltd


    About English National Ballet 
    English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has been at the forefront of ballet’s growth and evolution ever since.

    English National Ballet brings world class ballet to the widest possible audience through performances across the UK and on eminent international stages including The Bolshoi Theatre and Palais Garnier; its distinguished orchestra, English National Ballet Philharmonic; and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s.

    Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet has introduced ground-breaking new works to the Company’s repertoire whilst continuing to honour the tradition of great classical ballet, gaining acclaim for artistic excellence and creativity. 2019 saw English National Ballet enter a new chapter in its history with a move into a purpose-built state-of-the-art home in East London which brings a renewed commitment to, and freedom for, creativity, ambition, and connection to more people, near and far, than ever before.



    About Arts Council England

    Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

  13. Links - Wednesday 18 November, 2020



    Opinion Feature - The show must go on:  Tamara Rojo, Economist


    Streamed Reviews - Royal Ballet, Within the Golden Hour:

    Jann Parry, DanceTabs

    Zoe Anderson, The i

    Deborah Weiss, Dance For You Magazine

    Vikki Jane Vile, Broadway World


    Streamed Review - Pacific Northwest Ballet, Rep 2:  Rich Smith, The Stranger


    Live Review - Royal New Zealand Ballet, Sleeping Beauty, Dunedin:  Hannah Molloy, NZ Theatreview


    Live Review - Hong Kong Ballet, Don Quixote, Hong Kong:  Natasha Rogai, Dance Journal HK


    News - Jacob’s Pillow Theatre, site of dance festival, destroyed in fire:

    Julia Jacobs, NY Times

    Debra Cash, Arts Fuse


    Video Feature - BalletX celebrates 15th anniversary with virtual garden event:  Sheila Watko. NBC Philadelphia


    News - American Repertory Ballet names Ethan Stiefel new Artistic Director:  Staff, Tap Into


    Feature - Chanel teams up with Australian Ballet to protect its remarkable history:  Grace Back, Marie Claire


    Feature - The disabled dancers behind a wondrous new BBC film:  Claire Allure, Telegraph


    Feature - Diary of an American in Finland doing ‘essential’ work in ballet:  Carey Perloff, NY Times


    Streaming Preview Feature - The black saint and the sinner lady hit the dance floor:  Lyndsey Winship, Guardian



    And finally…


    Feature - How to make a life-size DIY Nutcracker - start to finish:  Leslie Morgan, WKDQ

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