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Updated: Mark Your Calendars for These Online Ballet Performances

Updated on 7/29/2020

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

While Dance Theatre of Harlem's seven weeks of DTH on Demand is drawing to a close, you can still access Geoffrey Holder's full-length work Dougla, a DTH favorite celebrating the traditional Trinidadian marriage ceremony, on demand through Sunday, August 2. Check it out on DTH's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Ballet Black

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 watch 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.

Mariinsky Ballet

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.

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet has been holding streaming events on the company's YouTube channel and Facebook page. Tune in as the company presents its repertoire classic The Sleeping Beauty starring Fumi Kaneko, Federico Bonelli, And Gina Storm-Jensen through Aug 7.

Lincoln Center

Check out the new work by choreographer Kyle Abraham, Ces noms que nous portons, starring NYCB principal Taylor Stanley. Filmed in front of the Lincoln Center fountain and its Pride light installation, the solo celebrates queer artists and their history in dance. Tune in via the Lincoln Center website and YouTube channel.

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 American Dance Theater's 2015 performance of Chroma, Grace, Takademe, and Revelations; New York City Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon's This Bitter Earth (excerpt) and Ballet Hispanico's 2015 performance of CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana. You can access these performances through Lincoln Center's website.

Smuin Ballet

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).

Carolina Ballet

Carolina Ballet has been uploading a pre-recorded ballet from its vast repertoire to its website and every Tuesday and Friday. Watch the biweekly uploads here.

Dutch National Ballet

Dutch National Ballet is streaming ballets on its 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 are posting recordings of past performances to its YouTube channel every two weeks as part of its #trocksathome initiative. Tune in to watch the pas de six from La Viviandiere, the Trocks' hilarious rendition of Arthur Saint Leon's 1844 ballet starring Fanny Cerrito, as well as excerpts from past streams.

Seattle Dance Collective

From July 2-30, Seattle Dance Collective, run by PNB principals Noelani Pantastico and James Yoichi Moore, 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

Miami City Ballet has made its Friday Night Spotlight of Alexei Ratmansky's Symphonic Dances available on-demand. Check it out now through August 10 on the MCB YouTube channel.

Durante Verzola's A Dance for Heroes is also still available on YouTube, starring MCB principals Jennifer Lauren and Renan Cerdeiro and MCBS pre-professionals Taylor Naturkas and Erick Rojas. Commissioned by artistic director Lourdes Lopez, the ballet honors essential workers serving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

English National Ballet

Dancers in tan jumpsuits pench\u00e9 and reach upward throughout a rounded theater with red curtains and gold accents.

Dancers of English National Ballet in Cinderella Games

Courtesy ENB

On Tuesday, July 14 at 2 pm EDT, ENB continues its #ENBatHome initiative with a special premiere of its new film project Cinderella Games. Directed and choreographed by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple (collectively known as Jess and Morgs), the work is based on Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella and adds some new dark twists to the classic fairy tale. After the real Cinderella disappears after the ball, contestants across the kingdom now compete in a twisted game show to win its title. Check out this unique performance on the company's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Northern Ballet

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.

National Ballet of China

The National Ballet of China has launched a three-part online series commemorating the company's 60th anniversary gala performance this past December. Tune in via LiveNow on YouTube to watch Part 1, featuring selections from NBC's Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Giselle, The Maid of the Sea and more (details on Parts 2 and 3 to come).

Tulsa Ballet

Join Tulsa Ballet for a live stream of Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence available July 31 between 4 pm and midnight CDT. Check it out via the company's YouTube channel, and be sure to RSVP here for an email reminder.

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 Robert La Fosse's The Soldier's Tale, the full ballet from the musical Carousel, the "Hornpipe" excerpt from Agnes de Mille's Celebration and more.

American Repertory Ballet

American Repertory Ballet was supposed to perform its new production of Giselle this summer 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.

Royal Ballet of Flanders

Five dancers in multicolored costumes lean back and lunge in a line, with arms outstretched.

Dancers from Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Drew Jacoby's Mad Scene

Filip van Roe, Courtesy OBV

Beginning Monday, July 27, Royal Ballet of Flanders began streaming a selection of short dance films on demand for online audiences. Featuring works from company's continued Choreolab project, these performances are now available via its website for free. Check it out to watch 2018's LadyLike, a piece by Shelby Williams (more popularly known as Biscuit Ballerina) exploring normatized gender roles; Juliet Blarnett's in situ (2019), a study of culture and performativity; and Drew Jacoby's nod to opera in Mad Scene (2019).

Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet celebrates the centennial of the US Constitution's 19th Amendment with its online premiere of Gina Patterson's 72 Steps. Featuring dancers from NBII, a new score by composer Jordan Hamlin and retro-futuristic costume design by Jocelyn Melechinsky, the film highlights female artists local to Nashville. Sign up here to receive the link to watch for free on Tuesday, Aug 18.

Jacob's Pillow

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, Royal Danish Ballet and more, and audiences can RSVP for their selection of YouTube and Zoom performances for free via the company website.

Vail Dance Festival

Tune in July 31 through August 7 as Vail Dance Festival debuts its first-ever Digital Edition. View a selection of filmed performances from the past 10 years, including a Virtual Gala starring dancers from Alonzo King LINES Ballet and New York City Ballet, a Premieres special showing Justin Peck's Rise Wait Climb Through and a collaborative Closing Performance hosted by Damian Woetzel. Check out the current schedule here; all performances are available for free on the festival's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

City Ballet of San Diego

City Ballet of San Diego is now offering online on-demand access to its new project, The Dark Room Series, on its website and Vimeo 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 8-10 pm EDT. Check out the lineup below:

  • 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 performances through the Redlands Bowl YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Ballet Arizona

Join Ballet Arizona for its new Virtual Events streaming program offered exclusively on the Phoenix Symphony's YouTube page. The company continues its three-part performance of Napoli with Act III (still available now).

Marquee TV​​

While you need a subscription to performing arts streaming service Marquee TV, it is currently offering discounts for students and arts professionals. 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.Then, check out Marquee TV's short film festival on Aug 3, which offers 28 short music and dance films for free online viewing. Included in the selection are Nela, a solo performed by Royal Ballet principal Marianela Nuñez to music by Nina Simone, and performances by The Scottish Ballet.

Chamber Dance Project

A male dancer in an all-white outfit dances barefoot outside in front of a bridge in Los Angeles.

Christian Denice performing Sarabande in Los Angeles

Owen Scarlett, Courtesy Chamber Dance Project

Washington D.C.'s Chamber Dance Project presents its online performance program New Works 2020 (and beyond), which offers a selection of site-specific contemporary ballet films free for streaming from your home. Tune in on July 31 and Sept 24 at 7 pm EDT to catch broadcasts featuring four cities, eight dancers, three choreographers and a new commissioned score for each film. View casting and reserve tickets for free via the CDP website, and check out its Facebook and Instagram pages for more details.

Island Moving Company

Rhode Island–based Island Moving Company has launched its second monthly watch party premiering episodes every second Friday of the month. Tune in at 7 pm EDT on August 14, September 11 and October 9 for each upcoming livestream hosted by artistic director Miki Ohlsen via the company's Facebook page.

In addition, IMC continues to stream select performances from its repertory archives on its website on demand. Called Great Dance in Great Places, the series runs every Thursday through Sunday.

All Arts

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.

Stage Access

Check out the online streaming company Stage Access for a new selection of full-length performances by The Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet and more. Subscribers gain full access to all materials, and you can begin a week-long free trial now.

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