Lauren Cuthbertson. Dan Shitagi, Courtesy Joyce Theater.

Onstage This Week: Joyce Ballet Fest Brings in Major Stars, Vail 2019 Wraps Up and More!

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


The Joyce Ballet Festival Brings Together a Standout Cast of International Stars

This year's Joyce Theater Ballet Festival, running August 6-18 in New York, features an overwhelming number of star dancers from around the world. The season is split into four programs, curated by artists associated with The Royal Ballet.

The opening program is organized by Royal Ballet artistic director Kevin O'Hare, and features nine dancers from the company in works by British choreographers Frederick Ashton, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Kenneth MacMillan and Charlotte Edmonds.

Program B, opening August 10, is curated by principal Lauren Cuthbertson. It will showcase the talents of a more diverse group of dancers including National Ballet of Canada's Skylar Campbell, Hannah Fischer, Spencer Hack and Xiao Nan Yu, and American Ballet Theatre's Aran Bell and Devon Teuscher, alongside Cuthbertson and a collection of her colleagues. The program is primarily made up of world premieres: Bell and Teuscher dance a new work by Gemma Bond, Cuthbertson performs new solos by Jonathan Watkins and Stina Quagebeur, and audiences will see the world premiere of Robert Binet's Dialogue Dances. Think that's too much star power? Just stay tuned for what next week holds.

The Vail Dance Fest Enters Its Final Week

The final week of the Vail Dance Festival is upon us. Artists from different spheres come together again on August 6 for Dance for $20.19, an evening where fans can sit on the lawn and enjoy a picnic August 7 brings Dancing in the Park, a free, family friendly performance by Colorado Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Martha Graham Dance Company takes the stage on August 9, and on August 10, Ballet Hispánico closes out the 2019 festival.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Onstage in Aspen, CO

Following their Vail performances, Alonzo King LINES Ballet makes its way to Aspen on August 10, for a performance presented by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The company will present two works by artistic director Alonzo King: Handel, an exploration of Baroque expression, and his 2018 Common Ground, which features a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet.

The NYC Department of Transportation's First Dance Fest Features Ballets With a Twist

On August 10, New York-based company Ballets With a Twist brings dance to the streets as part of the New York City Department of Transportation's annual Summer Streets event. Ballets With a Twist will perform their signature work Cocktail Hour: The Show as part of the first ever Summer Streets-affiliated dance festival. The performance will feature live music by Brooklyn's L Train Brass Band. The festival also features the neoclassical company XAOC Contemporary Ballet.

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How to Support the Black Dance Community, Beyond Social Media

The dance community's response to the death of George Floyd was immediate and sweeping on social media. Dance artists, including Desmond Richardson and Martha Nichols, used their social platforms to make meaningful statements about racial inequality. Theresa Ruth Howard's leadership spurred ballet companies including Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet to pledge #BalletRelevesForBlackLives. Among the most vocal supporters have been dance students, who continue to share the faces and gut-wrenching last words of Black men and women who have died in police custody on their Instagram feeds and Stories.

The work we're doing on social media as a community is important and necessary—and we should keep at it. But now, that momentum must also carry us into taking action. Because to be a true ally, action is required.

A responsible ally amplifies Black voices­­. They choose to listen rather than speak. And they willingly throw their support, and, if they can, their dollars, behind Black dancers and Black dance organizations. Here are some ways you can do your part.

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Class of 2020, These Ballet Stars Have a Heartfelt Video Message Just for You

Congratulations to this year's graduating seniors!

You might not have had the chance to take that long planned-for final bow, but we're here to cheer you on and celebrate all that you've accomplished. And we've brought together stars from across the ballet world to help us; check out the video to hear their best wishes for your futures.

To further fête all of the ballet grads out there, we're also giving away 100 free subscriptions to Pointe... plus, one lucky bunhead will receive a personalized message from one of ballet's biggest stars. Click here to enter!


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 5/27/2020

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.

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