Scottish Ballet's The Secret Theatre. Photograph by Mihaela Bodlovic

Holiday Dance Guide

What to watch online this month

We might be missing the holiday tradition of going to see our local production of “The Nutcracker” this year, but never fear—there are a range of “Nutcrackers” available to view online, as well as various other programmes from dance companies around the world.

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New York City Ballet

Megan Fairchild as Dewdrop in “The Nutcracker” by George Balanchine. Photograph by Erin Baiano

New York City Ballet and Marquee TV present NYCB’s acclaimed production of the beloved masterpiece George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” in a special streaming event, available from December 11, 2020 through January 3, 2021 on Marquee TV. Tickets are available for purchase on marquee.tv/nycbnutcracker for $25 in the United States. 

Filmed during the company’s 2019 season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, the Marquee TV broadcast features NYCB Principal Dancers Maria Kowroski as the Sugarplum Fairy, Tyler Angle as Her Cavalier, Megan Fairchild as Dewdrop, and more than 50 dancers from NYCB.

The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko in “Concerto.” Photograph by Tristram Kenton.

The Royal Ballet presents three special live-streamed performances this holiday season: a mixed bill including full performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Within the Golden Hour” November 13 – December 13. Crystal Pite’s “Flight Pattern” from 2019 is available until December 5, and Frederick Ashton’s “Enigma Variations” is available from December 4, 2020 to January 3, 2021. The company currently has live performances of “The Nutcracker” scheduled from December 11—watch this space for ongoing updates. For tickets and how to watch, visit Royal Opera House website.

English National Ballet

Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hérnandez in Akram Khan’s “Giselle.” Photograph by Laurent Liotardo

English National Ballet has launched a brand new online platform, Ballet on Demand, where fans can now rent filmed performances of ballets including Akram Khan’s “Giselle,” “La Sylphide,” “Dust,” and “Le Corsaire,” and watch them from home.  

Ballet on Demand will also host the upcoming digital season of short films commissioned specifically for the camera, with choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Yuri Possokhov, Stina Quagebeur and Arielle Smith. These unique dance-film collaborations will premiere throughout November and December. 

Scottish Ballet

On the set of Scottish Ballet’s feature film, The Secret Theatre. Photograph by Mihaela Bodlovic

Scottish Ballet releases its first feature film this winter, The Secret Theatre. Created by CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and long-term collaborator Lez Brotherston, alongside Co-Screen Directors Jess & Morgs, the film will bring the magic of theatre into people’s homes this Christmas, with an online premiere on Monday 21 December at 6pm. Set against a score of Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, with music recorded live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, this new film will be an unforgettable adventure for all the family.

This will follow the world premiere of short film The Swan, drawing on Scottish Ballet’s sleek and stylish stage production of Swan Lake, and captured through the lens of Director and Editor, Eve McConnachie. Featuring David Dawson’s visceral choreography from the first six minutes of Act IV, the film centres the strong, graceful Odette in a lake of light, surrounded by the arching backs, spiralling arms and mesmerising formations of the all-female cast. It will premiere online on Thursday 19 November at 7pm.

Dutch National Ballet

Dutch National Ballet in David Dawson’s “Requiem.” Photograph by Hans Gerritsen

Dutch National Ballet will stream programmes “Manoeuvre” and “Dancing Apart Together” from now until December 7. “Manoeuvre” is the newest choreography by Juanjo Arqués, and Dancing Apart Together features classic rep such as “The Dying Swan” and work from David Dawson, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, amongst others. Reserve your tickets here for 2 euros 95.

Dutch National Ballet is also streaming David Dawson’s “Requiem,” set to music by Gavin Bryars, from 14 November until 12 December. To watch, reserve a ticket online for only 2 euros 95. 

Stuttgart Ballet

Elisa Badenes and Adhonay Soares da Silva in “Petite Mort” by Jiří Kylián. Roman Novitzky

Stuttgart Ballet is presenting a live stream of the mixed repertory evening “Angels and Demons” on November 27, 2020, at 7 pm (CET) on the company’s website and YouTube channel. The evening includes “Falling Angels” and “Petit Mort” by Kylián, and Roland Petit’s “Le jeune homme et la mort.” The stream will be available until November 30.

San Francisco Ballet

Sugar Plum Fairy
Jennifer Stahl in Helgi Tomasson’s “Nutcracker.” Photograph by Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker” will return this season as an interactive, virtual experience for friends and family from the comfort of their homes. Starting November 27Nutcracker Online will be released in an immersive digital world. Fans will also be able to go back in time, as the “Nutcracker” performance was captured at the War Memorial Opera House in December 2007 and features Yuan Yuan Tan as the Snow Queen, Pierre-François Vilanoba as the Snow King, Vanessa Zahorian as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Elizabeth Powell as Clara, with the grand pas de deux danced by Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan. 

The expansive 2020 digital experience will be available from November 27–December 31, 2020. Admission to Nutcracker Online is available for purchase starting November 17 and is priced at $49 for 48-hour access.

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho in “The Nutcracker.”

Ballet Idaho is currently streaming an entire digital season, with Movements 1 and 2 available now and in December. Movement 2 features Ballet Idaho’s new production of the “Nutcracker” with choreography by Anne Mueller. The digital season is available by subscription and includes additional interviews and fireside chats with the artists who made the “Nutcracker” come to life. Subscriptions available to purchase and gift here.

BalletX

Mariana Olievera’s Saudade for BalletX Beyond

“With two fall programs of three commissions each, BalletX have the key to this lockdown. All the commissions were filmed in lush gardens or historic settings in and around Philadelphia.” To watch BalletX Beyond season, subscribe at $15 or $30 a month directly on the company’s website.

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet in George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker.”

Pacific Northwest Ballet presents this archival performance of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” with the unique-to-Seattle scenery and costumes by Ian Falconer. Audiences are welcome to immerse themselves in a candy-filled dreamland with Nutcracker gift boxes as well. Streaming starts on December 18, 2020 and on December 11, 2020 for Digital Performance Plus ticket buyers.

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