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.
Lincoln Center Dance Week
Lincoln Center will be hosting Dance Week, a series of seven online broadcasts, from May 30–June 4. Part of Lincoln Center at Home, the organization's new portal for digital offerings, the six-day fest will feature performances by Ballet Hispánico, School of American Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as vintage classics by American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Check out the schedule below, then tune in to Lincoln Center's website or Facebook page to watch the performances.
- May 30 at 2 pm EDT: Ballet Hispánico in Gustav Ramírez Sansano's Carmen.maquia and Pedro Ruiz's Club Havana
- May 30 at 8 pm EDT: NYCB in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1986), starring Maria Calegari and Ib Anderson as Titania and Oberon, with Jean-Pierre Frolich as Puck
- May 31 at 8pm EDT: at the Metropolitan Opera House (1978) - Natalia Makarova and Fernando Bujones in the Act III pas de deux from Don Quixote; Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides and Firebird; and Balanchine'sTheme and Variations, led by Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov. *** This broadcast available only on Lincoln Center's website
- June 1 at 7 pm EDT: School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration
- June 2 at 8 pm EDT: NYCB in "Coppélia" (1978), starring Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson and Shaun O'Brien
- June 3 at 8 pm EDT: NYCB in "Tribute to Balanchine" (1983), featuring Vienna Waltzes, Mozartiana and Who Cares
- June 4 at 8 pm EDT: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Wayne McGregor's Chroma, Ronald K. Brown's Grace, Robert Battle's Takadame, and Ailey's 1960 masterpiece Revelations
San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet was the first major U.S. ballet company forced to cancel performances in March. It has since launched SF @ Home, a new initiative to broadcast archival performances on its website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and YouTube channel. Below is a schedule of upcoming events—all streams begin at 2:30 pm PDT.
- May 22–29: Christopher Wheeldon's Bound To, a reflection on our disconnected world in the face of all-consuming technology, which also premiered at SFB's 2018 Unbound Festival.
- May 29–June 5: Cathy Marston's Snowblind, a one-act interpretation of Edith Wharton's novella Ethan Frome.
- June 5–12: Director's CHoice triple bill featuring Helgi Tomasson's Soirées Musicales and Concerto Grosso, and Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain pas de deux.
- June 12–19: Arthur Pita's Bjork Ballet, in conjunction with SFB's virtual Nite Out, featuring DIY cocktail recipes and a DJ-curated set list.
Royal Danish Ballet
The Royal Danish Ballet is streaming a performance of August Bournonville's Napoli on its website right now. The performance, staged by artistic director Nikolaj Hübbe and recorded during the company's 2013-14 season, stars Alexandra Lo Sardo as Teresina and Alban Lendorf as Gennaro. You can also now watch Balanchine's Ballo della Regina, starring Holly Jean Dorger and Jonathan Chmelensky; John Neumeier's Romeo and Juliet, starring Ida Pretorius and Andreas Kaas; Christopher Wheeldon's Alice in Wonderland, starring Holly Jean Dorger; and the Marius Petipa classic Raymonda, starring J'aime Crandall and Alexander Bozinoff. Click here for links to all performances.
St. Petersburg's famed Mariinsky Theatre is releasing web broadcasts on its streaming channel, Mariinsky TV, with a ballet, opera or symphony performance posted every few days. On May 27, the company is featuring The Bronze Horseman, choreographed by Rostislav Zakharov and Yuri Smekalov, and starring Victoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov.
Stuttgart Ballet has been releasing a series of on-demand videos on its website and YouTube page in recent weeks as part of its Stuttgart Ballet @Home initiative. From May 22–29, the company presents Death in Venice, a co-production between the ballet and the Stuttgart State Opera with choreography by Demis Volpi and music by Benjamin Britten. The production features principal David Moore as Apollo, as well as students from the John Cranko School, including 2019 Prix de Lausanne and YAGP winner Gabrielle Figueredo.
The Royal Ballet
The Royal Ballet has been holding streaming events on the company's YouTube channel and Facebook page. Tune in May 29 for Cathy Marston's The Cellist, inspired by the life and career of cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Sir Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée makes its online premiere on June 12. Both broadcasts start at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT. Bonus: You can still catch past broadcasts of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Anasastia, starring Natalia Osipova, and Arthur Pita's Metamorphosis, on the company's website and on YouTube.
New York City Ballet
Twice a week through May 29, New York City Ballet will release a ballet performance at 8 pm EDT/5 pm PDT. The programs showcase footage taken during recent seasons, and will be available on NYCB's website, Facebook page and YouTube channel for 72 hours. Tuesday nights feature works by NYCB's co-founding choreographers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, while Friday nights explore the company's more cutting edge repertoire. Check out the first two weeks of programming below:
- Tuesday, May 26: George Balanchine's Donizetti Variations, featuring Ashley Bouder and Andrew Veyette
- Friday, May 29: Justin Peck's Easy, along with excerpts from six other ballets: Bartók Ballet by Pam Tanowitz, Voices by Alexei Ratmansky, Gianna Riesen's Composer's Holiday, The Runaway by Kyle Abraham, Justin Peck's The Times Are Racing and Oltremare by Mauro Bigonzetti.
Smuin Ballet is offering 48-hour streaming access to a pre-recorded performance every Wednesday. Called Hump Day Ballets, the week's repertoire is chosen by a different company member. Links to the broadcast will be available on the company's Facebook and Instagram page, as well as through the company's email list (a sign up is available at smuinballet.org).
Dutch National Ballet
Dutch National Ballet is streaming ballets this month on its new online platform and on its YouTube channel. From May 23 through June 6, tune in for Ted Brandsen's Mata Hari, starring Anna Tsygankov in the title role. Starting May 30, you can also see the company in an eclectic triple bill, featuring the Petipa classic Paquita, Remi Wörtmeyer's Penumbra, and Ernst Meisner's No Time Before Time.
UK–based Northern Ballet is offering a Pay As You Feel Digital Season, with a series of videos available on the company's website for a limited time, along with a link to donate. EGO, a Northern Ballet original dance film, is available on the website now. You can also catch highlights from the company's 50th Anniversary gala performance and excerpts from Kenneth Tindall's brand new ballet Geisha. In the coming weeks, David Nixon's Dracula will on BBC Four and iPlayer as part of the BBC's Culture in Quarantine Season.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Let's face it—we all could use a laugh right now. Thankfully, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will be posting recordings of past performances to its Vimeo channel every two weeks as part of its #trocksathome initiative. Tune in on May 23 for audience favorites Swan Lake and Dying Swan. Right now through Friday, you can watch the Trocks' hilarious rendition of Walpurgisnacht here.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet has just announced an exciting lineup of online broadcasts, available on the company's Facebook page and YouTube channel. From May 22–27, PNB presents Swan Lake, starring Noelani Pantastico and Seth Orza. Finally, cath the company in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream from June 24–29, featuring Laura Tisserand and Kyle Davis. All streamings start at 7 pm PDT on the night of their release.
Miami City Ballet
Tune in on Friday nights for Miami City Ballet's new digital performance series. Called Friday Night Spotlights, the series begins May 29 at 8 pm EDT and continues every two weeks through July, with all performances aired on MCB's Facebook page. Check out the calendar below for details:
- May 29: Firebird by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, with all-new sets and costumes by Anya Klepikov
- June 12: Justin Peck's Heatscape, a tribute to Miami's Wynwood Arts District with designs by artist Shepard Fairey
- June 26: Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp
- July 10: Alexei Ratmansky's Symphonic Dances, to music by Rachmaninoff
English National Ballet
English National Ballet has launched Wednesday Watch Parties, featuring full-length recordings of company performances on ENB's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Tune in every Wednesday at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT; videos will be available for 48 hours. Tune in May 27–29 for Derek Deane's Swan Lake, starring Jurgita Dronina as Odette/Odile and Isaac Hernández as Prince Siegfried.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Watch New York City Ballet star Sara Mearns explore the work of modern dance pioneer. On Wednesday, May 27, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival presents The Art of Isadora, featuring Lori Belilove, Mearns and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company. The performance was filmed in 2019 on Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out stage. Tune in to the festival's YouTube page at 5 pm EDT to watch—the stream includes a live pre-show chat with Mearns and Bellilove, moderated by Norton Owen, and all three will be available for questions after the performance.
New York Theatre Ballet
New York Theatre Ballet, now called NYTB/Chamber Works, started its Living Room Series in March. Every Friday night, the company will release a performance video from its archives. The best part? NYTB has made all past Living Room Series performances available on its website. Click here for links to all performances, including the company's REP Triple Bill, All Alston Evening, All Tudor Evening, All Limón Evening, and Keith Michaels' Mother GOOSE and Alice in Wonderland Follies.
Island Moving Company
Rhode Island–based Island Moving Company is offering select performances from its repertory archives on its website. Called Great Dance in Great Places, the series runs every Thursday through Sunday. May 28–31, the troupe is showcasing Bill Evan's For Nana, Miki Ohlsen's Ruth...less, and Maurice Causey's Tripping on Our Light Fantastic Toes.
American Repertory Ballet
American Repertory Ballet was supposed to perform its new production of Giselle this weekend at Princeton's McCarter Theater. But since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced its cancellation, the company is now presenting an hour's worth of excerpts on its website, filmed during a February 16 performance at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. The production is a collaboration between Cuban and American stagers, including José Manuel Carreño, Aydmara Cabrera, Ana Novoa and Ian Hussey.
Black Iris Project
In honor of Mother's Day, Jeremy McQueen's Black Iris Project, which focuses intensely on bringing Black stories to life through ballet, is now streaming the Emmy-nominated dance film A Mother's Rite on the company's website and on Vimeo. (It will also be televised locally this weekend on CUNY-TV on BronxNet.) Set to a four-handed piano arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, McQueen's ballet follows a mother's grief after her son is murdered by police. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre's Courtney Celeste Spears stars in this powerful 40-minute solo, which was filmed in the historic home of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes
City Ballet of San Diego
Ballet lovers can now watch City Ballet of San Diego in Elizabeth Wistrich's Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp. The ballet, performed to live music, is available on Vimeo now through Tuesday, June 2.
London's Ballet Black has been releasing filmed performances on its website and YouTube channel on Sunday nights as part of its BB on Film initiative. Each will be available for one week. Right now you can catch the company in Will Tuckett's Depouillement. You can also still catch the full performance of House of Dreams, choreographed by Michael Corder, on their YouTube channel.
BalletMet is hosting a virtual performance of Ulysses Dove's Red Angels on the company's website on Friday, May 29 at 7 pm EDT. The performance, which features music by Richard Einhorn and BalletMet dancers Kristie Latham, Leiland Charles, Madeline Skelly and Miguel Anaya, will be available for 72 hours.
Nashville Ballet is releasing performances online each week through the end of May as part of the company's free Saturday Night with Nashville Ballet series. All broadcasts start at 5 pm CDT. Tune in to Nashville Ballet's YouTube channel; click here to subscribe
Lincoln Center at Home
On Friday, June 5 at 8 pm EDT, fans can tune in to see Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel with the New York Philharmonic. This cast of this staged production includes a long list of Broadway stars in addition to Robbie Fairchild and Tiler Peck. Watch here.
The Rosin Box Project
Every Friday at 6 pm PDT, San Diego-based contemporary ballet company The Rosin Box Project is sharing video content from past performances. Each free virtual program is available for 24 hours, and features optional commentary from the dancers and choreographers. All collected donations will go towards putting on a free performance for local first responders and essential workers later this summer. Click here to watch.
While you need a subscription to performing arts streaming service Marquee TV, it is currently offering 14 days of free streaming for new subscribers. Marquee offers a robust selection of ballet and contemporary dance performances from major international dance companies, including The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet. This month features two new releases: The Royal Ballet in Mayerling, available Saturday, May 23, and the Bolshoi Ballet in Coppelia, available May 30.
All Arts, the streaming arm of New York PBS station WNET, is offering a slew of performances for free right now. Catch the Czech National Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, the Mariinsky Ballet in Balanchine's Jewels, Tokyo Ballet and Ballet Béjart Lausanne in Maurice Béjart's Ninth Symphony, Young Stars of Ballet, and State Street Ballet in the company's production of Cinderella. You can also catch behind-the-scenes documentaries of Kansas City Ballet's Wizard of Oz and Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker at Joffrey Ballet.