Natalia Osipova in rehearsal. Photo by Alastair Muir, Courtesy Sadler's Wells

You never quite know what's going to happen when Natalia Osipova steps onstage—you know you're in for something extraordinary, but the exact nature of what you'll get is a mystery until it's happening. It's only fitting, then, that we would learn of Force of Nature, a new documentary following a year of the ballet superstar's career, a day before its limited release in the UK.

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Everything Nutcracker
Smuin Ballet dancers Erica Felsch, Rex Wheeler, Mengjun Chen and Tessa Barbour in "White Christmas," choreographed by dancers Ben Needham-Wood and Michael Smuin. Photo by Keith Sutter, Courtesy Smuin Ballet.

Nutcracker-ed out? Or just can't get enough holiday ballets? These unique Nutcracker interpretations and non-Nutcracker productions will make your season bright.


The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Through December 30

Tchaikovsky's masterful Nutcracker score isn't just for classical ballet…

Hip Hop + a live DJ + an electric violinist unite in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, currently touring the U.S.

Familiar characters such Drosselmeyer, the Nutcracker, Mouse King and Marie (here called Maria-Clara) dance through an updated New York City storyline with choreography by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the Brooklyn-based theatrical hip hop company Decadancetheatre.

Premiered in 2014, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is produced by New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

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Ballet Careers
Members of San Francisco Ballet in company class as part of World Ballet Day LIVE 2017. Photo by Erik Tomasson via San Francisco Ballet on Instagram.

Last Thursday was World Ballet Day LIVE, the official 22-hour live-stream relay showcasing companies across the globe. If you were busy (we know that you don't always have the luxury to spend an entire day watching ballet), don't fret. Many of the companies involved recorded their classes, rehearsals and interviews from the day of, and we rounded them up for you to watch at your leisure. Careful, though; there are more than twenty hours of footage included here... make sure you take a break to, you know, sleep.


First up is San Francisco Ballet with a full five hours, including rehearsal for Balanchine's timeless classic, Serenade.


The Royal Ballet's WBD stream is split into three parts. Here's the first chunk, featuring company rehearsals of a few Sir Kenneth MacMillan ballets as well as Christopher Wheeldon's Alice in Wonderland (a measly two hours and 45 minutes). You can find part 2 here and the full company class here. The video also features a quick aerial tour of London from the balcony of the Royal Opera House.

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Ballet Stars
Polunin and Osipova dancing at La Scala. Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

What's more exciting than two of ballet's biggest superstars dancing together in a new contemporary program at Sadler's Wells? How about finding out they're a couple in real life, too?

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(Van Le Ngoc's Vue de L'autre, photograph by Tristram Kenton)

 

The English National Ballet announced on Monday that next year inaugurates a partnership between the company and London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

ENB has always been England’s touring company and has also had a longstanding performance relationship with the London Coliseum. Now, starting in March 2015, ENB will serve as the first associate ballet company at Sadler’s Wells and will perform there for two seasons per year.

This partnership will likely change the dance landscape in England. ENB’s artistic director, Tamara Rojo, has worked to revitalize the company’s repertoire—however, ENB’s seasons in large theaters and on extended tours have made it difficult to invest in new, contemporary work. To sell tickets, the company has to rely on the classics. Sadler’s Wells has cultivated an audience of dance lovers who might be more open to edgy choreography, affording Rojo and ENB an advantage they didn’t have at the Coliseum.

However, the two-season agreement will likely affect ENB’s touring schedule (the company will also continue its winter season at the Coliseum for three more years), and it remains to be seen how the company will fulfill its dedication to domestic and international touring.

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