The Royal Ballet's Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez in La Bayadère. Photo by Bill Cooper, Courtesy ROH.
Do you ever wish you could teleport to London and casually stroll into The Royal Opera House to see some of the world's best-loved ballets? Well, we have a solution for you: The Royal Ballet's 2018-19 cinema season.
Whether live or recorded, the seven ballet programs listed below, streaming now through next October, will deliver all of the magic that The Royal Ballet has to offer straight to your local movie theater. Can you smell the popcorn already?
Zenaida Yanowsky and Roberto Bolle in Sir Frederick Ashton's "Marguerite and Armand." Photography by Tristram Kento, Courtesy ROH.
If you, like many of us here at Pointe, wish you could have seen Royal Ballet star Zenaida Yanowsky's retirement performance on June 7, you're in luck. The Royal will screen a recording of it in select movie theaters across the U.S. starting Sunday, June 25. (In many cities, it will be screened on Tuesday, July 11.) The program includes three works by the company's founding choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton: The Dream, Symphonic Variations and Marguerite and Armand—the latter of which stars Yanowsky and Roberto Bolle. You can also catch other Royal favorites like Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Steven McRae, Akane Takada and Yasmin Naghdi. Make sure to bring tissues!
To find dates, times and theaters near you, click here.
Even ballet fans far from the U.K. know and love longtime English National Ballet star Daria Klimentová.
We know her by her dancing, of course: She is supremely elegant, expressive, and precise. During her 25 years with the company, she brought a jewel-like sparkle to nearly every role in the classical repertoire.
But Klimentová also developed an electric partnership with Vadim Muntagirov, a talented danseur 20 years her junior, earning the pair comparisons to Fonteyn and Nureyev. Dance fans around the world were able to see the two of them in action—and witness Klimentová's stoicism in the face of choreographer Derek Deane's startlingly callous treatment—in the BBC docu-series "Agony and Ecstasy." (The show was one of the inspirations for "Breaking Pointe," which had the same team of producers.)
Klimentová just announced that her final performances will be in Romeo and Juliet this June. Muntagirov, who last week left ENB for the Royal Ballet, will return to dance Romeo beside her.
Here's a compilation of clips of Klimentová and Muntagirov dancing Giselle, Cinderella, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Best wishes, Daria! We'll miss you onstage.