Missed THE NUTCRACKER Last Christmas?

The Royal Ballet’s spectacular Nutcracker to be streamed

Streaming from Friday 18 February 2022

Due to resource challenges caused by the Omicron COVID-19 variant, performances of The Nutcracker between Tuesday 21 December 2021 and Monday 3 January 2022 (inclusive) were cancelled. Ticket bookers for all affected performances have been contacted by Box Office. 

The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet and makes for a sparkling festive treat for the whole family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a story of magic on Christmas Eve, and the journey of Clara and her Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments. 

Peter Wright’s gorgeous production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, and the many solo roles and ensembles show the world-class skills of the Company at its best.

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The ROYAL BALLET in Cinema

The last 2 performances of season 21/22

I really love to watch ballet in cinema – an easy and efforttable way to attend a great ballet performance by the Royal Ballet in London or the Bolschoi Ballet in Moscow.

The Royal Ballet

Here you can find the latest information https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas

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The Statement by Crystal Pite

A battle inside mind

I can’t stop watching this outstanding 9-minute piece created by the renown Canadian female choreographer Crystal Pite. So I want to share this snippet with all of you. You still can see it online for 16 £ – link below!

„…….. (The characters).. are locked in a battle for control and are confronting the morality of their actions.“ Ouote by Crystal Pite in the interview.

Rehearsal and interview with Crystal Pite

Join The Royal Ballet as they rehearse Crystal Pite’s The Statement and Solo Echo, part of the Company’s 21st Century Choreographers programme, which will be livestreamed on 28 May 2021: https://stream.roh.org.uk/products/21…

Following the Olivier award-winning success of her poignant Flight Pattern, the extraordinary imagination of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite is demonstrated again in two works created for Nederlands Dans Theater and performed for the first time by The Royal Ballet. The shadowy depths of human nature and boardroom politics are explored in the riveting dance-drama of The Statement contrasted with an atmospheric evocation of winter in Solo Echo, inspired by a poem by Mark Strand and the melancholy beauty of Brahms’s sonatas for cello and piano.

Next Live Performances

Great News: Crystal Pite is coming to Opernhaus Zurich to present 2 works „EMERGENCE“ and ANGELS‘ ATLAS – Premiere on 1 Oktober 2021, dancing by the amazing Ballet Zurich.

Angels‘ Atlas 01, 08, 15, 16, 21, 23, 31 Oct; 05 Nov 2021; 27 Mar; 02, 06, 08 Apr 2022

As all my followers know EMERGENCE is one my favorite TOP 3 contemporary performances. More than worth watching!

My review in German: https://balletloversblog.com/2018/05/16/ein-bienenschwarm-zum-schwarmen/

Biography Crystal Pite by Ballet Zurich

Crystal Pite ist eine der gefragtesten Choreo­gra­finnen der Gegenwart. Die gebürtige Kanadierin tanzte im Ballet British Columbia und in William Forsythes Ballett Frankfurt. Seit ihrem professionellen Debüt als Choreografin 1990 beim Ballet British Columbia entstanden Stücke für über 40 renommierte Compagnien, u.a. für das Nederlands Dans Theater, das Ballett Frankfurt, das National Ballett Ballett of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Choreographer in Residence, 2001-2004), das Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, das Ballet British Columbia und das Royal Ballet, London. Sie ist Associate Choreographer des Nederlands Dans Theaters und Associate Dance Artist am Canada’s National Arts Center. 2013 wurde sie zum Associate Artist des Londoner Sadler’s Wells Theatre ernannt. 2002 gründete Crystal Pite in Vancouver ihre eigene Compagnie Kidd Pivot, die zu einem unver­wech­selbaren Stil gefunden hat. Klassische Tanzelemente verbinden sich mit einer komplexen improvisatorischen Freiheit und einer starken theatralischen Sensibilität voller Humor und Fantasie. Stücke wie Dark Matters und Lost Action waren international auf vielen Tour­neen zu sehen. Im Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt/Main hatte die Compagnie von 2010-2012 eine Residenz, dort entstanden mit The You Show und The Tempest Replica zwei wei­tere international gefeierte Stücke. 2015 hatte Betroffenheit, eine Koproduktion mit dem Autor und Schauspieler Jonathon Young und dem Electric Company Theatre, Premiere. Für das Ballett der Opéra de Paris entstanden die Stücke The Seasons‘ Canon und Body and Soul. Crystal Pite wurde mit vielen Auszeichnungen geehrt, u.a. mit dem Jessie Richardson Theatre Award, dem Dora Mavor Moore Award, dem Govenor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award, dem Lola Award, dem Jacqueline Le­mieux Prize und dem Laurence Olivier Award. Das in Koproduktion mit dem Ballett Zürich entstandene Ballett Angels‘ Atlas wurde 2021 in Toronto uraufgeführt.

See Header Image Q&A with Choreographer Crystal Pite – The Kennedy Center © medium.com

Coming into the Christmas Spirit…

THE NUTCRACKER is my Xmas Ritual

Watching the Nutcracker on Christmas Day is my holiday tradition since years. Numerous ballet companies around the world offer this famous Christmas ballet now online or on Demand. In times of Covid I can’t see The NUTCRACKER live on stage. There are so many beautiful choreographies available, next to the original by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, done in 1892. My  favourite interpretations are by George Balanchine, Peter Wright and Christian Spuck.

The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet London
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Fabulous Ballet calendars 2021

Last minute gifts for all ballet and dance lovers!

Watch on the website of your favorite ballet company and order online a calendar, a mask, a DVD or more.

The Royal Ballet London

One of the best shops with beautiful Xmas items.


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A Force of Nature: Natalia

An Outstanding portrait of Natalia Osipova

Get a close insight into Natalia’s career as one of the greatest prima ballerinas. Learn more about her work as a principal dancer of the Royal Ballet and her contemporary dance projects with some of the world’s greatest choreographers. Watch the rehearsal process of new ballet Mother by Arthur Pita, a new commission with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and the Royal Ballet’s legendary production of La Bayadere directed by Natalia Makarova.

It’s amazing how hard Natalia works on all choreographies she dances – both on a technical and emotional level. Even the superstars of the ballet world have to rehearse and re-rehearse every ballet, even the ones they have already performed, getting corrections from their ballet masters as they aim for perfection.

Asterisk Films
An in-depth portrait of dance superstar Natalia Osipova, directed by BAFTA winning Gerry Fox, produced by Justine Waddell, Alexandrina Markvo and Gerry Fox in association with Sky Arts.
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The Art of Pas de Deux

What are the challenges of a classical Pas de Deux?

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MAYERLING by Royal Ballet London

Don’t miss MAYERLING – this ballet is regarded by many as among Kenneth MacMillan’s finest works!

While I am dearly missing live ballet and dance performances in these times of corona, fortunately there are plenty of streaming offers around. Now I discovered Marquee.TV where you can get a 14-day free trial! https://www.marquee.tv

This „star-studded revival of MacMillan’s ballet“ (Financial Times ★★★★★) features Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb in the lead roles. The production will be available to stream exclusively on Marquee TV from Saturday 13th June.

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Marquee.TV – Your One Stop Shop for Ballet and Dance

Try A 14-day free trial at Marquee.TV

While I am dearly missing live ballet and dance performances in these times of corona, fortunately there are plenty of streaming offers around. As it will still take a while for operas and theaters to open, I started watching Marquee.TV – streaming Arts and Culture https://www.marquee.tv .

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#stayhome and watch ballet!

Had enough of Netflix? There is a great ballet lineup coming this weekend online.

Royal Ballet London

 ‚I’ve never been asked to move like that before‘

Principal dancer Edward Watson on his role in The Royal Ballet’s The Metamorphosis. Watch it on our Facebook page at 7pm BST on 17 April! © Website Royal Opera House

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