For dance and ballet fans, you can use our calendar to find a great selection of upcoming events and read reviews from top dance companies as well as smaller, lesser known artists and choreographers from around the world.
December 2017
Evening performance
Matinee performance

The Jinx and rehabilitation of Sylvia

Thirteen years’ after its restoration - and at the grand old age of 140 - Sylvia might, at last, be free of her jinx. Discover the ballet's complex history, written here by Graham Watts.

ENB tours MacMillan's Song of the Earth this Autumn

Going from strength to strength under the leadership of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet presents MacMillan's Song of the Earth as part of nationwide celebrations of the choreographer's formidable legacy. 
Reviewed in London

Abraham's Pavement

Abraham's choreography is an intricate conversation between dance styles. The cast are multi-lingual, speaking with more than one movement language simultaneously. Loose limbed arms and rolling hips converge with crisp arabesques and spinning top pirouettes. 
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Reviewed in London

Ashton's Sylvia makes a welcome return

Marianela Núñez was in her element as the huntress in Ashton's charming ballet. 
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Reviewed in Bristol

Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet

ENB performs Nureyev's Romeo ad Juliet, a production preoccupied with death, which lurks in every corner.
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Reviewed in Boston

Boston Ballet: Obsidian Tear bill

Boston Ballet opens the 2017-2018 season with a program full of power, grace and artistic unity
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Reviewed in New York

Dresden Semperoper in NY

Dresden Semberoper Ballett came across as a troupe of seasoned and versatile performers who move with fluidity in diverse repertory.
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Reviewed in Berkeley

Joffrey on tour

Eclectic and contemporary, The Joffrey Ballet reimagines human and kinetic beauty.
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The foundations of classical ballet: a French affair?

It’s common knowledge that Louis XIV developed the foundations of classical ballet in the late 17th century, during his long and rather extraordinary reign as King of France. But was the French King the true mastermind of ballet technique? 

Ballet in Paris: a little History of the French Technique

Origins: from the Royal court of Louis XIV to neoclassicism.  The Paris Opera Ballet company has a long-standing History, dating back to 1662, and the establishment of the Académie Royale de Danse by Louis XIV. At the time, the Academy’s mission was to develop the theatrical dance style performed in court, which noblemen and the King himself took part in.
Marie Taglioni in <i>La Sylphide</i>, 1832 © Wikicommons
Marie Taglioni in La Sylphide, 1832
© Wikicommons

The influence of Italian virtuosity on Russian Ballet

From the courts of Italy during the Renaissance to the grandeur of the Russian Imperial Ballet, discover more about the influence of italian virtuosity on Russian ballet

A storybook world of ballet

From La Sylphide To Morris' contemporary The Hard Nut, fairytales are often at the centre of ballets' libretti

Stepping into Tchaikovsky Ballet: Swan Lake

Ask anyone who claims to know nothing about ballet to actually name one, the chances are it will be one of Tchaikovsky's.

Symphonic storytelling: The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the Ugly Duckling of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. It was the second in the trilogy, completed in 1889, but has neither the dramatic thrust of Swan Lake nor the calorific sugar-coated charm of The Nutcracker in terms of popular appeal. 

The Nutcracker: casting a Christmas spell

Along with chestnuts, turkey and Carols from Kings, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. It has become a staple part of the festive season. 
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HamburgDon Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote
Marius Petipa; Hamburg Ballet; Garrett Keast; Nicholas Georgiadis; Hamburg Philharmonic

ZürichThe Nutcracker and the Mouse KingNew Production

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Paul Connelly; Yannis Pouspourikas; Rufus Didwiszus; Buki Shiff

LondonMatthew Bourne's Cinderella

Prokofiev: Cinderella
Matthew Bourne; Matthew Bourne's New Adventures; Lez Brotherston

AmsterdamThe Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Sir Peter Wright; Dutch National Ballet; Boris Gruzin; Philip Prowse

LondonENB: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; English National Ballet

BernSacre / Faun / Bolero (Ivgi & Greben, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Etienne Béchard)

Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel
Ivgi & Greben; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Etienne Béchard; Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern; Hans Christoph Bünger; Till Kuhnert; Hussein Chalayan; Bern Symphony Orchestra
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Rosas: Bach6Cellosuiten

Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker’s, Jean-Guihen Queyras’ and Rosas’ Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten presented at HAU 1 is a raw but very sleek work on Bach’s milestone of Western music.
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Project Polunin

Project Polunin takes a big step forward with a refreshingly new programme that was as well produced as it was performed 
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Peter Wright's Nutcracker

Sir Peter Wright's enchanting vision of The Nutcracker continues to delight 
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Boston's Nutcracker

Christmas tradition is valued deeply in New England, and it is only fitting that the region’s penultimate production of The Nutcracker be an utterly classic experience.
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Introdans: A colourful ode to chairs

A colourful evening full of chairs that pleases the young audience, but not innovative enough to impress the older spectators. 
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NDT in Berlin

NDT's main company is back in Berlin, at the House of the Berliner Festspiele, with works by four aces of contemporary choreography. More classically abstract works are successfully paired with ones for the digital-literate.
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