Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Johan Persson, Courtesy The Kennedy Center.

Onstage This Week: NYCB Opens Its Winter Season, Matthew Bourne "Swan Lake" in DC, and More!

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've rounded up some highlights.


New York City Ballet's Winter Season Opens With Two All-Balanchine Programs

After a quick post-Nutcracker break, New York City Ballet is back. The company's winter season at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater runs January 21–March 1. The first week alternates between two all-Balanchine programs. The first, titled Stravinsky & Balanchine, features Danses Concertantes, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra and Stravinsky Violin Concerto. The second includes Allegro Brillante, La Source and Firebird.

Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake" Tours to The Kennedy Center

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures is bringing its unconventional, gender-bending Swan Lake stateside. The first stop on the tour is Washington, DC's Kennedy Center, where the production will be seen for the first time. Catch Swan Lake January 21–26.

San Francisco Ballet's 2020 Season Opens With "Cinderella" 

San Francisco Ballet's 2020 season opens with Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella, running January 21–26 at the War Memorial Opera House. This fairy-tale ballet, set to Sergei Prokofiev's classic score, comes to life with sets and costumes by Julian Crouch, projections by Daniel Brodie and puppetry by Basil Twist. Catch a glimpse in the season preview above.

Complexions Returns to The Joyce With a World Premiere 

Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to New York City's Joyce Theater January 21–February 2 with two mixed-bill programs of works by co-artistic director Dwight Rhoden. The season also features a world premiere by Rhoden titled Love Rocks, set to the music of Lenny Kravitz.

Louisville Ballet Presents Five New Works at Choreographers' Showcase

January 23–26, Louisville Ballet fans can enter the creative process as part of the annual Choreographers' Showcase, an intimate look at new works. This year's program, set in the Louisville Ballet Studios, features works by five makers: guest choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans, and company dancers Erica De La O, Jeremy Hanson, Minh-Tuan Nguyen and Ashley Thursby.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Brings "The Wizard of Oz" to Ottawa

Septime Webre's flashy new The Wizard of Oz, which was coproduced last year by Colorado Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet, is now heading down the yellow brick road to Ottawa. RWB brings the production on tour to Canada's National Arts Centre January 23–25.

Alonso King LINES Ballet Heads to Virginia

Alonzo King LINES Ballet tours to Virginia this week with Figures of Speech, King's full-length ballet based on the research of poet and activist Bob Holman, co-founder of the Endangered Language Alliance. Catch LINES at Richmond's Modlin Center for the Arts January 23, and in Fairfax at George Mason University on January 25.

Latest Posts


Getty Images

How Can I Stay Motivated While Training at Home?

Ethan Ahuero was having a good year: he was in his first season dancing with Kansas City Ballet II and had been presented with the opportunity to choreograph on the second company. "The day before we shut down I had a rehearsal, and I was so happy," Ahuero says. "The piece was coming together and this was the first time I felt really proud of my creative process."

Suddenly, the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a halt. With the company's season cut short and the studios closed, Ahuero found himself attempting to continue dancing from home, with his choreography project put on hold. Like many other dancers around the world, Ahuero is dealing with disappointment while struggling to stay motivated.

Keeping up with daily ballet classes may feel difficult right now; inspiration can seem hard to come by when you're following along on Zoom and short on space at home. Below are a few simple tips for finding new ways to stay motivated.

Keep reading SHOW LESS
THE GINGERB3ARDMEN, Courtesy Complexions Contemporary Ballet

How Jillian Davis Created Her Own Path to Complexions and Learned to Believe in Herself

It's impossible to miss Complexions Contemporary Ballet's Jillian Davis onstage. Tall and glamorous, her commanding stage presence, luxurious movement quality and intuitive musicality have made her one of the company's standout stars. But her road to Complexions was anything but linear. The 6'2" dancer worked tirelessly over several years to find her place in the dance world, ultimately reinventing herself and creating her own path to success. At a time when many early career dancers may be facing uncertainty, her story shows the power of resiliency.

Davis grew up on a dairy farm in Kutzstown, Pennsylvania, where she studied dance at a local studio and in the Philadelphia area, and took private lessons at home. She also started growing, shooting up seven inches over one summer. At 13, she and her family decided to take her daily training up a notch, commuting 100 miles each way to the Princeton Dance & Theater Studio, where she studied under Risa Kaplowitz and Susan Jaffe. By then she was already 5'7", and she soon realized—especially as she started learning how to partner—that her height might be an issue if she wanted to dance ballet professionally.

Keep reading SHOW LESS
Tulsa Ballet in Ma Cong's Tchaikovsky: The Man Behind the Music. Kate Luber Photography, Courtesy Tulsa Ballet.

Updated: Mark Your Calendars for These Online Ballet Performances

Updated on 5/21/2020

Since COVID-19 has forced ballet companies around the world to cancel performances—and even the remainder of their seasons—many are keeping their audiences engaged by streaming or posting pre-recorded performances onto their websites or social media channels. To help keep you inspired during these challenging times, we've put together a list of upcoming streaming events and digital performances.

Keep reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks