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Aterballetto in “O” by Philippe Kratz. Photograph by Alice Vacondio

Dance Guide: January

What to watch in January

Catch up on the classics this January with performances broadcast from companies around the world. With many companies not planning to return to the stage until 2021, we’ve surveyed the best of digital fare. This list is updated regularly.



Aterballetto in “O” by Philippe Kratz. Photograph by Alice Vacondio

“I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my job will return to normal. I still have the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.” Choreographer Philippe Kratz likens the deceptive voice of Hal from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to his pas de deux, “O,” for Italian company Aterballetto. Kratz, also a dancer with Aterballetto, was named best choreographer in 2019 by Italian dance magazine Danza & Danza.

“O” is currently streaming on Vimeo until January 22, 2021. For how to watch, visit Aterballetto.

New National Theatre Tokyo

New National Theatre Tokyo performs “Paquita” as part of the New Year Ballet Gala. Photograph by Takuya Uchiyama

New National Theatre Tokyo is streaming a performance of their New Year Ballet Gala on January 11 at 2 p.m. Japan time. The programme picks up some delightful ballet pieces, including the gorgeous classical ballet “Paquita” and long-awaited revival of David Bintley’s “’Still Life’ at the Penguin Café.” In the second part of the programme, National Ballet Japan will present “Soirée de Ballet” as a memorial for great Japanese dancer and choreographer Fukagawa Hideo who passed away in September 2020 as well as two premieres, “Contact” by Kinoshita Yoshito and “Campanella” by Kaikawa Tetsuo. 

Audiences can access the stream via National Ballet of Japan’s Facebook page or via the YouTube channel.

The Royal Ballet

Marguerite and Armand
Zenaida Yanowsky and Roberto Bolle in Frederick Ashton’s “Marguerite and Armand.” Photograph by Tristram Kenton

The Royal Ballet will stream a 2017 recording of Frederick Ashton’s “Marguerite and Armand” with Zenaida Yanowsky and Roberto Bolle in the title roles, starting at 7 p.m. GMT on Friday, January 15, 2021. The performance is available to watch on demand until Sunday, February 14, 2021.

The Royal Ballet is also currently streaming “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (2017 recording) until January 21, 2021 on ROH streaming platform for £3.

ROH is broadcasting Carlos Acosta’s “Don Quixote” (2013 recording) on YouTube until January 5, 2021. Donations to ROH recovery fund can be made via ROH website.

For those in the UK, you can catch a replay of the Royal Ballet’s Gala on BBC iplayer.

Paris Opera Ballet

Laura Hecquet and Audric Bezard in Nureyev’s “Swan Lake.” Photograph by Ann Ray

Another gem from the repertoire, Paris Opera Ballet’s “Swan Lake” is available to watch on their streaming service, l’Opéra chez soi. Amandine Albisson stars as Odile/Odette and Mathieu Ganio is Prince Siegfried. Available worldwide for $7.99.

Also available to rent are productions from recent seasons, including “Don Quixote,” a triptych of work by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, “Manon,” John Neumeier’s “Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony” and mixed bill Thierrée/Shechter/Pérez/Pite.

English National Ballet

Fernanda Oliveira and Fabian Reimair in Russell Maliphant’s Echoes. Image courtesy of English National Ballet

English National Ballet is streaming a digital season of short films commissioned specifically for the camera on Ballet on Demand featuring choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Yuri Possokhov, Stina Quagebeur and Arielle Smith. Also available are Akram Khan’s “Giselle,” “La Sylphide,” “Dust” and “Le Corsaire.”

Stuttgart Ballet

Elisa Badenes and Adhonay Soares da Silva in Maximiliano Guerra’s “Don Quixote.” Photograph via Stuttgarter Ballett

[email protected] brings you the hot Spanish sun to lighten up the dark and cold days of January with Maximiliano Guerra’s spirited production of “Don Quixote – The Dreamer of La Mancha,” available January 20-24, 2021.

Filled to bursting with spectacular pas de deux, dashing toreros and lovely ladies, colorful ensemble scenes and of course Cervantes’ eponymous hero with his trusted companion Sancho Pansa, Guerra’s production will warm your heart. Featuring Elisa Badenes and Adhonay Soares da Silva as Kitri and Basilio and Matteo Crockard-Villa as Don Quixote.

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