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Dancing at Dusk - A Moment with Pina Bausch's “The Rite of Spring.” Photograph by Florian Heinzen-Ziob

Dance Guide: July

What to watch online this month

Dance companies worldwide have been announcing digital seasons in lieu of cancelled performances. This is not a comprehensive list, but it will be updated as companies announce further screenings. Some performances may be limited by geolocation. Many companies are offering online viewing for free, or by donation, so show your support where possible.


Sadler’s Wells

Dancing at Dusk – A Moment with Pina Bausch’s “The Rite of Spring.” Photograph by Florian Heinzen-Ziob

Dancing at Dusk — A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring

Available online from Wednesday, July 1

In this stunning film, Pina Bausch’s iconic choreography The Rite of Spring is danced in an extraordinary setting, on the beach in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal.

Filmed as the world descended into lockdown it captures the last rehearsal of a specially assembled company of 38 dancers from 14 African countries, and documents a unique moment in their preparations for an international tour. A rare opportunity to watch one of the world’s greatest dance works.

Watch on-demand from 12 p.m. BST on Wednesday 1 July at the price of £5 or currency equivalent. Proceeds will help support the artists, the future life of the production, and Sadler’s Wells. This film will be available until 12 p.m. BST on Friday 31 July 2020.

Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet
Nathalia Arja and Miami City Ballet dancers in “Symphonic Dances” at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Photograph by Sasha Iziliaev

Miami City Ballet presents a digital season of performance in their Friday Night Spotlights program. Upcoming broadcasts are:

“Symphonic Dances”
July 10 at 8 p.m.

Alexei Ratmansky’s “Symphonic Dances,” set to Rachmaninoff’s arousing score of the same name, was made especially for MCB.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem in “Tones” by Arthur Mitchell.

DTH on Demand: Seven weeks of Company performances will be streamed on DTH’s YouTube channel and Facebook page each Saturday at 8pm. The series kicks off with a celebration of Creole Giselle followed by the online premiere of the ballet.

Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m:

Watch DTH’s performance at the Guggenheim on YouTube and Facebook channels. The performance at the Guggenheim features “Tones II,” choreography by Arthur Mitchell and “Nyman String Quartet #2,” choreography by Robert Garland.

Saturday, July 18

“Coming Together” at 8 p.m.

Watch the full length ballet, “Coming Together” by choreographer Nacho Duato, on YouTube and Facebook channels.

Saturday, July 25

“Dougla” at 8 p.m.

Watch the full length ballet, “Dougla” by choreographer Geoffrey Holder, on YouTube and Facebook channels.

Lincoln Center at Home

New York City Ballet in “Concerto Barocco” by George Balanchine. Photograph by Paul Kolnik

All Balanchine, a program of excerpts from the 2004 presentation of the Balanchine 100 Centennial Celebration, will be paired with the third act from “Coppélia,” which originally aired 1978 and features Patricia McBride and Helgi Tomasson. Balanchine 100 excerpts include the fourth movement of “Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet” with Wendy Whelan and Damian Woetzel; an excerpt from “Concerto Barocco” with Maria Kowroski, Rachel Rutherford, and James Fayette; and “The Man I Love” pas de deux from “Who Cares?” with Wynton Marsalis on the stage alongside Alexandra Ansanelli and Nilas Martins.

Tribute to Balanchine has been rescheduled to Monday, June 29 at 8 p.m. (EDT).

The School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. (EDT) and will be available until Monday, July 13 at 7 p.m. (EDT).

San Francisco Ballet

San Franciso Ballet perform George Balanchine’s “Diamonds.” Photograph by Karolina Kuras

SF [email protected] continues with the following productions, available to view here

Friday, June 26, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. PDT

Director’s Choice Program

“Soirees Musicales”
Pas de deux from “After the Rain”
“Concerto Grosso”

Note: 2020 Opening Night Gala programming originally scheduled for June 26 has been moved to a later date in June, please stay tuned for more information.

Available Tuesday, June 30 until 11:59 p.m.
SF Ballet 2020 Opening Night Gala, Spellbound (January 16, 2020 SF Ballet capture)

Men’s Regiment from “Stars & Stripes”
Composer: John Philip Sousa, arranged by Hershy Kay
Choreographer: George Balanchine

Composer: Ludovico Einaudi
Choreographer: Val Caniparoli

Pas de Deux from “Swan Lake”
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: David Dawson

“Jockey Dance”
Composer: Carl Christian Møller
Choreographer: August Bournonville

“For Pixie” 
Music: Nina Simone
Choreographer: Danielle Rowe

Pas de Deux from “Le Corsaire”
Composer: Riccardo Drigo
Choreography: after Marius Petipa

Balcony Pas de Deux from “Romeo & Juliet”
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Composers: Ivan Pavlov and Annie Bandez
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher

“Grand Pas Classique”
Composer: D. F. E. Auber
Choreography: Victor Gsovsky

Pas de Deux from “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”

Composers: Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez, and Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Choreographer: Justin Peck

Pas de Deux from “Bells”
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

Finale from “Diamonds”
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: George Balanchine

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

AAADT in Donald Byrd’s “Greenwood.” Photograph by Paul Kolnik

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents Ailey All Access, with several performances available to watch online.

Orlando Bagwell’s film A Hymn for Alvin Ailey featuring a performance of Hymn by Judith Jamison (available until 6:30 p.m. EDT on July 2)

July 2–9: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Love Stories by Judith Jamison with Robert Battle and Rennie Harris

Link to view previous Ailey All Access content

New York Theater Ballet

NYTB in Merce Cunningham’s “Scramble.” Photograph by Richard Termine

NYTB presents their Living Room Series, with new performances available each Friday. Recent performances available to stream on Vimeo are:

June 12
REP Triple Bill
     Tickling Titans (parts II & III) (Steven Melendez)
     Two Timing (David Parker)
     Libera! (Marco Pelle)

June 5
Spotlight on NYTB School
     Russian Scarf Dance
     Craske Children’s Dances
     Clara & Keilany

Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico’s presents Wednesday Watch Parties, available on Facebook, YouTube or the company’s website. Catch the following online premieres at 7 p.m. EST

June 30 at 7:30 p.m. “Noche Unidos” 

A night of dance and unity with world premieres by nine choreographers: Kiri Avelar, Rodney Hamilton, Michelle Manzanales, Andrea Miller, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Pedro Ruiz, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Nancy Turano, and Eduardo Vilaro. Celebrity appearances include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Rita Moreno, Norman Lear, Pacquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill,and other Latinx artists. 

July 8 at 7:30 p.m. “El Viaje”

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by George Balanchine. Photograph by Angela Sterling

Pacific Northwest Ballet brings audiences PNB at Home with a series of dress rehearsals and performances is available for limited-time viewing online.

Videos will be released via Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Dutch National Ballet

Out of love for mankind, Prometheus defied the gods by stealing their fire and sharing it with man. For The Prometheus Project, choreographers Remi WörtmeyerWubkje Kuindersma and Ernst Meisner create solos departing from different aspects of the Prometheus myth. Their creations are set to piano music by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Currently streaming on Dutch National Ballet’s YouTube.

Stuttgart Ballet

Hyo-Jung Kang with Timoor Afshar, Moacir de Oliveira, Daniele Silingardi, Martino Semenzato and Matteo Miccini in “Taiyō to Tsuki.” Photograph © Stuttgart Ballet

From Thursday, July 2 at 6 p.m. (CET) to Sunday, July 5 at 10 p.m. (CET), [email protected] will continue with “Taiyō to Tsuki,” a brand new work by the highly acclaimed Swiss choreographer Martin Schläpfer. Available to watch on YouTube or on the company website.

Paris Opera Ballet

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Available from 29 June until 5 July
Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Director: Vello Pähn
Music: Béla Bartók (Quatuor n°4), Ludwig van Beethoven (La Grande Fugue, op.133), Schönberg (La Nuit transfigurée op.4, version pour orchestre à cordes).
With: Léonore BaulacÉmilie CozetteMarie-Agnès GillotAlice RenavandSae Eun ParkStéphane BullionKarl PaquetteVincent Chaillet et Florien Magnenet

Gala des 350 Ans
Available from 6 July until 12 July 2020
Director: Dan Ettinger
Staging: Vincent Huguet
Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
With Singers:  Sonya YonchevaLudovic TézierBryan Hymel
With Étoiles:  Eleonora AbbagnatoAmandine AlbissonLéonore BaulacStéphane BullionMathieu Ganio, et le Premier Danseur Florian Magnenet

Until 5 August | video accessible from France only
Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot
Music: Adolphe Adam
Music Director: Koen Kessels featuring soloists Dorothée Gilbert, Valentine Colasante and Mathieu Ganio
Made by François Roussillon  

English National Ballet

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernandez in “La Sylphide.” Photograph by Laurent Liotardo

ENB is wrapping up ENB at Home over the next fortnight with two gorgeous ballets: Wednesday, July 1 catch La Sylphide in a faithful staging of Bournonville’s iconic choreography, and on Wednesday, July 8, Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella airs, danced in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall. Broadcasts air at 7 p.m. BST and are available for 48 hours.

The Royal Ballet

Woolf Works
The Royal Ballet in “Woolf Works” by Wayne McGregor. Photograph by Tristam Kenton

The Royal Ballet broadcasts free online as part of the Royal Opera House’s #OurHouseToYourHouse series. Watch now:

Wayne McGregor’s 2015 ballet triptych “Woolf Works” was inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf and has an original score by Max Richter. Available 30 June–9 July 2020 on ROH website.

The Australian Ballet

Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake
Amber Scott and Adam Bull in “Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake.” Photograph by Jeff Busby

The Australian Ballet’s digital season continues with the following productions available to watch online (only available to Australian audiences):

“Swan Lake” (Murphy)
Thursday, June 25 – Thursday, July 9

Australian Dance Theatre

Friday 24 July

Australian Dance Theatre launches a special digital season, with works available to watch online every other Friday for a period of 48 hours. “Birdbrain” was Garry Stewart’s first full-length work for ADT and a formative insight into a new vocabulary of dance that he brought to the company. In “Birdbrain,” Stewart presents a piece that cross examines the grande dame of classical ballet, “Swan Lake,” dismantling the narrative completely. To watch “Birdbrain” and the digital season of ADT, join Adapt here.

Martha Graham Dance Company

Martha Graham Dance Company presents Martha Martinees, archival performances at 2.30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays each week, followed by a post-show chat. Watch Martha Matinees on their YouTube channel.

Inspired by Martha Graham’s lost solo from 1937, “Immediate Tragedy” is a new digital creation created by 22 artists collaborating from locations across the U.S. and Europe using a variety of technologies to coordinate movement, music, and digital design.

Commissioned by The Soraya, the new work references today’s immediate tragedy and is choreographed by Janet Eilber and the dancers of Martha Graham Dance Company with a new score by Christopher Rountree performed by Wild Up⇈, and digital design by Ricki Quinn.

Merce Cunningham

CCN-Ballet de Lorraine
CCN-Ballet de Lorraine in Merce Cunningham’s “Sounddance.” Photograph by Laurent Philippe

The Merce Cunningham Trust is streaming various Cunningham dances performed around the world during the Cunningham centennial last year. These include: “Sounddance” performed by the Ballet de Lorraine (May 4-31), “Tread” performed by the Stephen Petronio Company (May 18-June 14), “Scramble” performed by NYTB/Chamber Works (June 22-July 19), “Beach Birds” performed by CNDC (July 13-August 19) and “Summerspace” performed by Lyon Opera Ballet (Jul 20-August 16). Watch on the Cunningham Trust’s Vimeo page.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Les Ballet Afrik. Photograph by Robert Altman

On the occasion of New York City Pride and presented in conjunction with the “Embrace” edition of the Guggenheim Circular, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, premiered the remaining Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions during Pride Week. The 10 newly commissioned video performances highlight the creative expressions by LGBTQ+ artists. Examining our evolving world, these inspiring and unique pieces, created while social distancing and less than 5 minutes long, are part of Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions, an initiative founded at the onset of the pandemic to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during these challenging times.

Talk Talk by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung – Premiered June 25, 2020
Spiral Temple by Viva DeConcini – Premiered June 26, 2020
Ghost Town In The Sky by Machine Dazzle – Premiered June 27, 2020
Not a Rose by Simone Dinnerstein, Isaac Mizrahi and Pam Tanowitz – Premiered June 28, 2020
Plan and Elevation by Tom Gold – Premiered June 29, 2020

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