Companies and theatres who took autumn season digital!

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company: Some Likeit Hip Hop. Photo by by Johan Persson

While theatres in some countries are slowly starting opening their doors to visitors, for others it is unclear when it will be possible to enjoy performance in person. Despite incredibly hard times, the new dance season has arrived and theatres and dance companies keep staying creative in finding ways to bring dance into our lives. Be sure to check companies and theatres around the world, who this season are sharing their art with us digitally and support them if you can!

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Opera House is proud to continue its curated #OurHouseToYourHouse programme into the autumn, bringing audiences the best of the ROH through a new series of Friday Premieres and cultural highlights.

This month ROH Friday Premieres return with three new titles. Priced at £3.00, each will be available for 30 days streaming via The Royal Ballet’s production of Dances at a Gathering will be screened on Friday 25 September. Jerome Robbins’ much-loved ballet made a welcome return to the Royal Opera House as part of the 2019/20 Season after an absence of 11 years. Learn more here!

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in Dances at a Gathering, The Royal Ballet ©2020 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper.
Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in Dances at a Gathering, The Royal Ballet ©2020 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper.

New York City Ballet

NYCB presents four weeks of repertory performances, which will be streamed for free on the company’s Facebook, Youtube and website homepage. The programme includes All Balanchine broadcasted on 19th of September as well as Festival of New Choreography on October 27-31. More details on ballets and casting will be released soon. You can learn more here!

New York City Ballet: Symphony in C. Photo by Paul Polnik
New York City Ballet: Symphony in C. Photo by Paul Polnik

English National Ballet

English National Ballet is not only live-streaming their Emerging Dancer competition celebrating the company’s rising stars but also promises to not stop delighting their fans at home. English National Ballet will present nine new commissions this Autumn Season. An exciting new digital season of short works for the camera from choreographers including Russell MaliphantSidi Larbi CherkaouiYuri Possokhov, Arielle Smith and ENB Associate Choreographer Stina Quagebeur will be created will be premiere in November and December 2020.

Shown in a series of mixed bills, these new works will be available to rent via ENB at Home, a new video-on-demand service from English National Ballet. The platform will not only host filmed performances of new works and events but will also be a home for additional high-quality on-demand ballet content, including some performances recorded specifically for the screen.

The Emerging Dancer 2020 finalists (c) Photography by Laurent Liotardo, post production by Nik Pate
The Emerging Dancer 2020 finalists (c) Photography by Laurent Liotardo, post production by Nik Pate

Nederlands Dans Theater

When governmental regulations in the Netherlands allowed theatres to open doors to their visitors, tickets to NDT 1 programme Endlessly Free and the NDT 2 programme Dare to Say were already sold out after one week! However, even if you are not one of the lucky people attending the performances in person, the company gives us an amazing chance to watch the live-stream of the performances from our homes. Tickets for live-stream cost €15 for each program, but you can purchase tickets to both programs for €25. More details on the schedule and tickets are here!

'The Other You' by Crystal Pite. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos.
‘The Other You’ by Crystal Pite. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos.

Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet’s first-ever virtual season, will premiere six programs from November to April. BB@yourhome, available as a paid subscription, replaces the previously announced fall and winter seasons at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Nissinen has curated programs to feature new performances by Boston Ballet dancers captured live in-studio, bringing inspiring dance safely to audiences right where they are. With a commitment to new choreographic voices, BB@yourhome will premiere new works created remotely by international collaborators such as Nanine Linning and Ken Ossola; share compelling conversations with choreographers including William Forsythe; and celebrate dance from past iconic performances. The price of virtual subscription is $180. Schedule and more details are here!

Boston Ballet's Seo Hye Han and Irlan Silva. Photo by Rachel Neville
Boston Ballet’s Seo Hye Han and Irlan Silva. Photo by Rachel Neville

Martha Graham Dance Company

The company announced its 95th season, which begins with a special Martha Matinee and the finale of The Eve Project on September 23. The season continues the Company’s notable online programming bringing the groundbreaking, iconic work of Martha Graham and the Company’s acclaimed contemporary choreographers to audiences around the world.

While rehearsals and performances remain on hold, the Company is expanding its audience-access initiatives, offering a variety of ways for audiences and the global dance community to engage with the Company while social distancing.

The fall and spring programs include all-new Martha Matinees, the Company’s popular Studio Theater Series, virtual classes, mini-videos created by the Company dancers, and special events designed for audiences and the Company to meet and socialize. You can view the event calendar here!

Xin Ying (soloist) and Martha Graham Dance Company in Martha Graham's "Prelude to Action". Photo by Melissa Sherwood.
Xin Ying (soloist) and Martha Graham Dance Company in Martha Graham’s “Prelude to Action”. Photo by Melissa Sherwood.

Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells’ online autumn season begins with a new series of collaborations, Digital Stage In Focus, created in partnership with three of the UK’s most innovative dance companies – Hofesh Shechter CompanyZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, and Candoco Dance Company. Each company will co-create a takeover of Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage for two-weeks across the autumn, Hofesh Shechter Company in September, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company in October, and Candoco Dance Company in November, with three bespoke programmes inviting audiences to take a deep dive into their work. Digital Stage In Focus will be free for all audiences with content released via the Sadler’s Wells website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Hofesh Shechter Company - Grand Finale. Photo by Rahi Rezvani
Hofesh Shechter Company – Grand Finale. Photo by Rahi Rezvani

The Digital Stage In Focus series launches with Sadler’s Wells x Hofesh Shechter Company, running from Monday 14 September – Friday 25 September. This collaboration takes a closer look at the visceral, ground-breaking work of Sadler’s Wells associate artist Hofesh Shechter, featuring the critically acclaimed Grand Finale and two company-devised workshops. The second digital takeover, Sadler’s Wells x ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, takes place from Monday 19 October – Friday 30 October, with ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company’s dance smash-hit Some Like It Hip Hop. The final takeover, Sadler’s Wells x Candoco, runs from Monday 23 November – Friday 4 December. The company’s powerful dance work Let’s Talk About Dis. Find out more here!

The Place

Due to the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on audiences, artists and participants, The Place has adapted its activity to a reduced and flexible programme for Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. Instead of its full live performance programme, it will offer audiences a fresh blend of live and digital experiences, curated around questions and themes which are important to us all right now.

The Place
The Place

In autumn two regular festivals will be reimagined & reformatted:

  • Splayed Festival – 15-18 OCT

Bold live and digital performances and provocations by subversive, unruly and experimental artists throwing conventional notions of queerness and femininity into question

  • A Festival of Korean Dance – 2 – 6 DEC

A series of specially commissioned documentary films focusing on female choreographers in Korea and K Pop music and dance, created in partnership with Korean Cultural Centre UK and KAMS.

The full programme will be announced soon! You can learn more here!

Dutch National Ballet

Dancing Apart Together. Photo by Bart Hess
Dancing Apart Together. Photo by Bart Hess

The streaming season of Dutch National Opera & Ballet is starting again on the 3rd of October. Enjoy full video registrations of various performances on our online platform. To thank you for your support in the last couple of months, the company offers you the first two streams for free! You can check the programme here!

We will keep updating the list while more companies are making their season announcements! Please consider supporting your favourite companies and theatre in these difficult times!