Updated on 7/8/2020
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.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Dance Theatre of Harlem has just launched DTH on Demand, an online and interactive series that includes seven weeks of archival performances. All broadcasts will be streamed on Saturdays at 8 pm EDT on DTH's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Even better, there will be events throughout the week on DTH's social media platforms leading up to the Saturday night performance; click here for a full list of events, and check out the steaming schedule below.
- July 11 at 8p EDT: Works and Process Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Dance Theatre of Harlem. The evening includes Arthur Mitchell's Tones II and Robert Garland's Nyman String Quartet #2
- July 18 at 8p EDT: Coming Together, choreographed by Nacho Duato
- July 25 at 8p EDT: Geoffrey Holder's full-length Dougla
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 Mute, written and directed by Mark Donne and performed by CIra Robinson. You can also still catch the full performance of House of Dreams, choreographed by Michael Corder, here on their YouTube channel.
Black Iris Project
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. 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.
The Washington Ballet
TWB will present a ballet for 16 women in red in tribute to the movie Center Stage.
Courtesy The Washington Ballet
The Washington Ballet presented its first-ever virtual gala on its website on Thursday, June 18. But you can still catch this performance on TWB's YouTube channel (it starts at 30 minutes in). Coined The Washington Ballet Takes Center Stage, the evening includes three pre-recorded performances and three live performances. (Several of the dancers have been quarantining together in preparation for the event.) Tune in for the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Sombrerisimo and a very special tribute to the classic dance flick Center Stage, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year (TWB artistic director Julie Kent played the role of Kathleen Donahue).
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.
From July 9–July 12, StuttgartBallet@Home will continue its program with a revival of the company's 2018 performance of John Cranko's Initials R.B.M.E. Check it out on the company's website and Youtube channel.
The Royal Ballet
The Royal Ballet has been holding streaming events on the company's YouTube channel and Facebook page. Tune in June 26–July 9 for Wayne McGregor's Woolf Works, a triptych based on the writings of Virginia Woolf to an original score by Max Richter. Alessandra Ferri stars. Then on July 10 at 2p EDT, catch the company's performance of Kenneth McMillan's Romeo and Juliet, starring Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball.
And, if that were not enough, the Royal Opera House has been offering live performances through a new concert series entitled Live from Covent Garden, still available through July 11. The series continues with performances of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto and Christopher Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour. Casting includes Fumi Kaneko, Mayara Magri, Reece Clarke, and Matthew Ball. To watch, go to ROH's YouTube channel, Facebook page, and the company's website via Vimeo. A ticket purchase (for the reasonable price of $5.28) is required.
- June 22 at 8 pm EDT through July 14: New York City Ballet's All-Balanchine Program replaces its previously scheduled full-length performance of Coppélia. This broadcast from 2004 features excerpts from Balanchine's Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet with Wendy Whelan and Damian Woetzel; Concerto Barocco with Maria Kowroski, Rachel Rutherford, and James Fayette; and Who Cares? with Alexandra Ansanelli, Nilas Martins. The program will conclude with the third act of Balanchine's Coppélia, performed in 1978 by Patricia McBride and Helgi Tomasson.
- June 29 at 8 pm EDT through July 14: Catch a 1983 "Live from Lincoln Center" tribute to Balanchine. Filmed shortly after the choreographer's death, the program features three of his ballets: Vienna Waltzes, starring Kyra Nichols, Sean Lavery, Heather Watts, Helgi Tomasson, Elyse Borne, Bart Cook, Karin von Aroldingen, Peter Martins, Suzanne Farrell and Adam Lüders; Mozartiana, led by Farrell, Victor Castelli and Ib Anderson; and Who Cares?, featuring Lourdes Lopez, Patricia McBride, Heather Watts and Sean Lavery.
- July 9 at 7 pm EDT through July 13: Lincoln Center will stream the School of American Ballet's "Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration" featuring highlights from the School's annual Workshop Performances.
Lincoln Center is also offering a selection of previously broadcasted Dance Week performances on-demand for a limited time. Included in the lineup are Alvin Ailey Dance Theater's 2015 performance of Chroma, Grace, Takademe, and Revelations; New York City Ballet's 1986 performance of Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream; American Ballet Theatre's 1978 performance at The Metropolitan Opera House; and Ballet Hispanico's 2015 performance of CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana. These performances may also be accessed through Lincoln Center's website.
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 BalletDutch National Ballet is streaming ballets on its new online platform and on its YouTube channel. Right now, the company is sharing its world premiere of The Prometheus Project, a triple bill of solo works featuring choreography by Erica Horwood, Wubkje Kuindersma, and Ernst Meisner celebrating the poignant Greek myth.
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. Starting Friday, July 10, tune in here to watch ChopEniana, the Trocks' hilarious rendition of the classic La Sylphide. For even more laughs, you can still access the hysterical Go for Barocco here.
Seattle Dance Collective
From July 2-30, Seattle Dance Collective presents its online streaming platform Continuum: Bridging the Distance. Check out new works by Amanda Morgan, Bruno Roque, Penny Saunders, SeaPertyls, and Beth Terwilleger on the company website.
Miami City Ballet
Tune in on Friday nights for Miami City Ballet's new digital performance series. Called Friday Night Spotlights, the series continues every two weeks through July, with each broadcast aired on MCB's Facebook page. All performances begin on its scheduled Friday at 8 pm EDT. Check out the calendar below for details:
- July 12: Alexei Ratmansky's Symphonic Dances, to music by Rachmaninoff
Past performances, including Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and George Balanchine's Firebird, are still available on MCB's Youtube channel.
English National BalletWatch Party: Cinderella in-the-round
English National Ballet has launched its Wednesday Watch Parties, featuring full-length recordings of company performances on ENB's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Broadcasts begin on Wednesdays at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT and are available for 48 hours. The next Watch Party is scheduled for July 8-10, when ENB presents a full-length performance of Christopher Wheeldon's magical Cinderella in-the-round.
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, excerpts from Kenneth Tindall's brand new ballet Geisha, Amaury Lebrun's For an Instant, and the children's ballet Little Red Riding Hood. David Nixon's Dracula is also available now for 11 months on BBC Four and iPlayer as part of the BBC's Culture in Quarantine Season.
New York Theatre Ballet
New York Theatre Ballet, now called NYTB/Chamber Works, started its Living Room Series in March. 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.
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.
Colorado Ballet has launched its online performance platform Where Ballet Meets You, a new resource offering full-length performances and other digital media available for virtual audiences. Beginning on June 24, Colorado Ballet will stream The MOVE/ment, a project headed by choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson, through July 8. The project features dancers from both Colorado Ballet and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in a collaboration focused on showing the importance of speaking out against injustice. Check out Colorado Ballet's website and YouTube channel for full access to these performances for free.
Join Jacob's Pillow July 9-Aug 29 for its first-ever online Virtual Pillow festival. The festival will feature works performed by Limón Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Royal Danish Ballet, and audiences can RSVP for their selection of YouTube and Zoom performances for free via the company website.
City Ballet of San Diego
On Friday, July 10 at 7p CDT and Saturday, July 11 at 12p CDT, Tulsa Ballet will be offering free live streams of Adam Hougland's Rite of Spring. Each virtual performance lasts 45 minute long and will only be available online during their given time slots. (Please note that this performance may be unsettling for some viewers.) Tune in on the Tulsa Ballet Youtube channel.
State Street Ballet
State Street Ballet presents its Virtual Summer Series on the platform CYA.Live. Tickets to each performance are available on the CYA.Live website for $9.99 each. All broadcasts are live streamed 8-10p EDT. Check out the lineup below:
- July 22: Rodney Gustafson's The Jungle Book
- August 19: Edgar Zendejas' Common Ground
- September 16: William Soleau, Kevin Jenkins, and Edgar Zendejas' Chaplin
Then, tune in on Friday, August 14 at 8p PDT for State Street's performance of Gustafson's Romeo and Juliet. Access the performance through the Redlands Bowl YouTube channel and Facebook page
While you need a subscription to performing arts streaming service Marquee TV, it is currently offering 14 days of free streaming (plus 30 percent off your first year) 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.
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.