National Ballet of Canada's Guillaume Côté, Xiao Nan Yu and artists of the ballet in Apollo. Cylla von Tiedemann, Courtesy NBoC.

Onstage This Week: TWB Presents a New "Sleeping Beauty," NBoC Celebrates Guillame Côté, ENB Returns to the U.S. After 30 Years, and More!

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


English National Ballet Brings Akram Khan's "Giselle" to Chicago

This week, English National Ballet comes to the U.S. for the first time in 30 years. The London-based company brings Akram Khan's much-lauded 2016 Giselle to Chicago's Harris Theater, February 28–March 2. Using original music by Vincenzo Lamagna, based on Adolphe Adam's original score, Khan's modern take blends Indian kathak and contemporary movement to tell the story of migrant workers and landlords, as opposed to the traditional peasants and aristocrats.

The Washington Ballet Debuts New Production of "The Sleeping Beauty" 

February 27-March 3, The Washington Ballet debuts a new production of The Sleeping Beauty at The Kennedy Center. Artistic director Julie Kent and associate artistic director Victor Barbee restaged Marius Petipa's beloved 1890 original to fit the size and scale of TWB.

Ballet Fantastique Presents New "Odyssey" Story Ballet

Ballet Fantastique debuts The Odyssey: The Ballet, a brand new full-length story ballet based on Homer's classic tale, March 1-3 in Eugene, OR. Choreographed and produced by company directors (and mother-daughter duo) Donna and Hannah Bontrager, the ballet features live looping electric violin by Cullen Vance. Audiences everywhere can watch a live broadcast of the March 3, 2:30 pm PST performance here.

NBoC Celebrates Guillaume Côté's 20th Company Anniversary 

National Ballet of Canada brings four works to stages March 1-3 and March 20-21, headlined by George Balanchine's Apollo. The program also includes the Canadian premiere of Julia Adam's Night, Robert Binet's The Sea Above, The Sky Below, and a new adaptation of Paquita by Christopher Stowell. The March 2 performances features principal dancer Guillaume Côté in the title role of Apollo in celebration of his 20th anniversary with the company. Hear him discuss the role in the above video.

Lucas Jervies' "Human Abstract" is Back at Louisville Ballet

Australian choreographer Lucas Jervies' full-length ballet Human Abstract returns to the Louisville Ballet stage February 28-March 3. The ballet, which made its Louisville Ballet debut in 2017, is a co-production with Louisville Visual Art, and is billed as a "riveting psychological drama."

"Don Quixote" Returns to BalletMet

BalletMet brings back Don Quixote March 1-3 at the Ohio Theatre. To get into the Don Q spirit, BalletMet made a video featuring company dancer Kristie Latham showing off some of her best fan work, with tips on how to make a fan work for you.

Los Angeles Ballet Brings Back Two Classics

Los Angeles Ballet embarks on a mini tour of Southern California March 2, 9 and 16 with a program featuring two romantic classics by master choreographers: George Balanchine's Serenade and August Bournonville's La Sylphide.

Texas Ballet Theatre Presents Three Company Favorites 

Texas Ballet Theater's mixed bill, running March 1-3, features three modern works: William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances and TBT dancer Andre Silva's 11:11. Silva's work is focused on contemporary expression, set to a mix of tribal, pop and electronic music.

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi Everyone,

These are challenging times. The social distancing measures brought about by COVID-19 has likely meant that your regular ballet training has been interrupted, while your performances, competitions—even auditions—have been cancelled. You may be feeling anxious about what the future holds, not only for you but for the dance industry. And that's perfectly understandable.

As you adjust to taking virtual ballet class from your living rooms, we here at Pointe are adjusting to working remotely from our living rooms. We've had to get a little creative, especially as we put our Summer Issue together, but like you we're taking full advantage of modern technology. Sure, it's a little inconvenient sometimes, but we're finding our groove.

And we know that you will, too. We've been utterly inspired by how the dance community has rallied together, from ballet stars giving online classes to companies streaming their performances to the flood of artist resources popping up. We've loved watching you dance from your kitchens. And we want to help keep this spirit alive. That's why Pointe and all of our Dance Media sister publications are working nonstop to produce and cross-post stories to help you navigate this crisis. We're all in this together.

We also want to hear from you! Send us a message on social media, or email me directly at abrandt@dancemedia.com. Tell us how you're doing, send us your ideas and show us your dance moves. Let the collective love we share for our beloved art form spark the light at the end of the tunnel—we will come out the other side soon enough.

Best wishes,

Amy