Sara Mearns at the Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration, with choreography by Merce Cunningham. Photograph by Robert Altman

Dance Guide: September

What to watch online this month

Dance companies worldwide have been announcing digital seasons in lieu of cancelled performances. This is not an exhaustive 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

Our Bodies Back featuring dancer and choreographer Nafisah Baba

Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage and Breakin’ Convention have released Our Bodies Back, a riveting new dance film that speaks out against anti-Black racism and honours the lived experiences of Black women past and present.

This new commission is a collaboration with Jonzi D Projects and BCTV stages the poem We Want Our Bodies Back, the work of acclaimed American poet and performance artist jessica Care moore in a film directed by Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D.

Our Bodies Back will be available for audiences all over the world to watch on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage via Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel from 11 a.m BST Wednesday 19 August 2020.

Studio 5: Great American Ballerinas

Ballet Sun Valley
Misty Copeland in rehearsal for “The Dying Swan.” Photograph by Karolina Kuras

American Ballet Theatre (ABT) principal dancer Misty Copeland and New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancers Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck each work closely on performance excerpts with another acclaimed dance artist in this virtual five-part Studio 5 series curated and hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay. Participating guests include Nina Ananiashvili, Merrill Ashley, Alessandra FerriStephanie Saland, and Pam Tanowitz.

Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland
On view from Wed Sep 16 at 5pm

Sara Mearns with Pam Tanowitz
On view from Wed Sep 23 at 5pm

Misty Copeland with Alessandra Ferri
On view from Wed Sep 30 at 5pm

All programs are on view for seven days following the first airing.

Ballet Hispánico

Linea Recta
Ballet Hispanico in “Línea Recta” by Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa. Photograph by Paula Lobo

Diálogos: The Stereotypes of Machismo in Dance, on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 6:30pm ET at

This installation of Diálogos will be moderated by Ballet Hispánico Company dancer, Paulo Hernandez-Farella, who will be joined by a panel of fellow professional dancers to discuss the stereotype of machismo in dance. Panelists include Maxfield Haynes, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Dancer; Zackery Torres, Freelancer Dancer and USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance student; Christopher Wilson, Dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and Omar Rivéra, Dancer, Ballet Hispánico. To RSVP for the free event, register at

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Wayne McGregor’s “Kairos.” Photo by Paul Kolnik

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

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in performance at Lincoln Center: this program includes Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, Robert Battle’s Takademe, and Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. An audio description version of the film is available here.

Link to view previous Ailey All Access content

The Australian Ballet

New Ghost
Serena Graham and Joseph Romancewicz in New Ghost by Mason Lovegrove, for the Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque.Digital

This year, the Australian Ballet’s popular Bodytorque program goes digital. Showcasing the endurance of creativity during isolation, five up-and-coming choreographers were tasked with developing new works designed specifically for the digital space. Bodytorque.Digital combines all elements—choreography, dancers, music, and cinematography—together through digital screens and virtual rehearsals.

View all works released as part of the Bodytorque.Digital program.

Merce Cunningham

“Beach Birds” by Merce Cunningham.

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.

Guggenheim’s Works & Process

Sara Mearns at the Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration, with choreography by Merce Cunningham. Photograph by Robert Altman

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce August premieres for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. New commissions are posted on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30 p.m.

  • September 6      Carson Murphy and Nicholas Van Young
  • September 7      Break for Labor Day
  • September 13    Ethan Stiefel
  • September 14    Amy Hall Garner
  • September 20    Richard Thomas and Philip Fisher 
  • September 21    Anthony Roth Costanzo, Adam Charlap Hyman, Dick Hyman, and                            Zack Winokur
  • September 27    Maxfield Haynes
  • September 28    Leonardo Sandoval

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet announces the premiere of Dance of Dreams, a new dance film directed by Benjamin Millepied, featuring San Francisco Ballet dancers performing choreography by Justin Peck, Dwight Rhoden, Janie Taylor, and Christopher Wheeldon. Filmed in iconic San Francisco locations including the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the new six-minute film is set to “Scène D’Amour” by Bernard Hermann from Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco–based thriller film from 1958, played by members of SF Ballet Orchestra.

Dance of Dreams will be available at 12 noon PDT on August 13, 2020 on SF Ballet @ Home, YouTubeFacebook, and IGTV.

Sydney Opera House

Martin del Amo performing for Sydney Opera House’s Unwrapped: Dances for Now

Sydney Opera House presents Unwrapped: Dances for Now, featuring choreographers Martin del Amo, Angela Goh, Raghav Handa, Vicki Van Hout, and Nelson Earl with music from Corin Ileto, Marcus Whale, Shana O’Brien, Johnny Brown, Philip Downing, Clever Austin and Sofi Tukker. Streaming on demand from August 8, 2020.

More Stories
Black Grace
Black Grace