Ballet Hispánico in “3. Catorce Dieciséis” Photograph by Paula Lobo

Dance Guide: May

What to watch this spring

Make the most of May by streaming dance performances from companies around the world. We’ve compiled our best-of for you in this list. Let us know of other performances via our contact page, Instagram and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico in “3. Catorce Dieciséis” Photograph by Paula Lobo

Ballet Hispánico announces a 50th Celebration commemorating half a century of dance, orgullo, education, sabor, access, amor, community, espíritu, and innovation—a love poem to one of America’s Cultural Treasures. The 50th Celebration free, virtual public premiere will be held on Friday, May 28 at 6.30 p.m, and will be available available for two weeks on YouTubeFacebook, and ballethispanico.org.

Rosas

De Keersmaeker Rain
Rosas perform “Rain.” Photograph by Anne Van Aerschot

Belgium arts site Avila is currently streaming a four-part collection of work by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. This collection contains two film adaptations of works, “Hoppla!” and “Achterland,” and two documentaries, Rain set for the Paris Opera Ballet, and Mitten, showing the final weeks of rehearsal for “Mitten wir im Leben sind” for Rosas. Rent one for 3.50 euro or the collection for 11 euro via Avila.

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet in Helgi Tomasson’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Photograph by Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet (SF Ballet) streams Helgi Tomasson’s “Romeo & Juliet” from May 6–26, 2021, captured on stage at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House. Stars Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan. Beginning May 6, SF Ballet will sell a $48 package that includes both “Romeo & Juliet” and Tomasson’s “Swan Lake,” on screen May 20–June 9, in celebration of the closure of the 2021 Digital Season.

The 2021 Digital Season also includes Program 05 (April 22–May 12), comprising Cathy Marston’s “Snowblind,” David Dawson’s “Anima Animus,” and Helgi Tomasson’s “7 for Eight.” Full ticketing information can be found on SF Ballet’s website.

The Royal Ballet

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

The Royal Ballet is currently streaming Kenneth MacMillan’s virtuoso ballet, “Concerto” until April 25. Also available to rent (£3) is Frederick Ashton’s “Symphonic Variations,” streaming on ROH’s website until May 2. Details on how to stream are on ROH website.

Staatsballett Berlin

Staatsballett Berlin in “Strong” by Sharon Eyal. Photograph by Jubal Battisti

Staatsballett Berlin’s Digital Season continues through April and May, with previously recorded dance works available on their YouTube for 24 hours at a time. The season includes work by Sharon Eyal, Anouk van Dijk, and classics such as “Swan Lake.” For streaming schedule, head to their website.

Paris Opera Ballet

Paris Opera Ballet’s “La Source.” Image via Medici.tv

Currently streaming on Paris Opera Ballet’s Chez Soi is their production of “La Source.” Set to music by Minkus and Delibes, this tale of thwarted love takes place in a legendary and fantastical Persia. In his first creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, Etoile dancer Jean-Guillaume Bart revived an almost-forgotten ballet of the repertoire, originally premiered in 1866 at the Paris Opera. The production features costumes by Christian Lacroix. Also available to stream on Medici.tv. For cast and details on how to watch, head to L’Opéra chez soi.

Sarasota Ballet

Danielle Brown in Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Valses nobles et sentimentales.” Photograph by Frank Atura

For their Digital Program 6, Sarasota Ballet presents an All-Ashton program. The rare “Valses nobles et sentimentales” and “The Walk to the Paradise Garden” will be performed alongside another pivotal Ashton ballet, “Façade.” The program can be viewed from most digital devices, and streams 23-27 April. For tickets and information, head to Sarasota Ballet’s website.

Ballet Zürich

Ballett Zuerich’s Winterreise. Photograph by Gregory Batardon

Ballett Zürich presents the live stream “Winterreise,” Christian Spuck’s award-winning production. Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise,” a cycle of 24 songs for voice and piano set to poems by Wilhelm Müller, is not only regarded as the zenith of Schubert’s song composition, but as the pinnacle of German art song in its entirety. Available to watch until May 14 on ARTE Concert.

English National Ballet

Alina Cojocaru and Joseph Caley in “Manon” by Kenneth MacMillan. Photograph by Laurent Liotardo

English National Ballet is now streaming Kenneth MacMillan’s “Manon” as part of their Ballet on Demand. Catch all your ENB favourites, including Akram Khan’s “Giselle,” “La Sylphide,” “Le Corsaire,” and new dance films.

Martha Graham Dance Company

Martha Graham Dance Company
Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s “Chronicle.” Photograph by Melissa Sherwood

Martha Graham Dance Company’s 95th season culminates in a three-day virtual festival featuring livestreams of Martha Graham classics, company premieres, a collaborative project with international art gallery Hauser & Wirth, and a closing-night Zoom cocktail event with the dancers. GrahamFest95 runs Friday, April 30–Sunday, May 2. Festival pass is $95, single tickets $30, dress rehearsal $15. For tickets and details, head to MGDC website.

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