Season 2020 - 21

Due to the current situation, many companies have yet to confirm their plans for the 2020- 21 Season but we will endeavour to post them in due course. Contact:


Wiener Staatsballett
Director: Martin Schläpfer will succeed Manuel Legris as artistic director from 1 September 2020.


Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Director: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui


The UK is currently coming out of lockdown more slowly than in other parts of Europe, and many theatres and companies are in danger of closing permanently despite a cash injection of £1.57 bn by the government. Outdoor performances, with socially distanced audiences, have been permitted since mid-July, and theatres will be permitted to open with socially distanced audiences from 1 August. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that social distancing may be dropped in November or December, leading up to a return to normality by Christmas. However, many government advisors dispute the validity of this being possible.

Birmingham Royal Ballet
Director: Carlos Acosta

No season plans confirmed to date. Birmingham Hippodrome, the company's home theatre, will not open before 2 November.

English National Ballet
Director: Tamara Rojo

Northern Ballet
Director: David Nixon

Leaving: After 18 years with the company, principal soloist Hannah Bateman has retired from the stage, as has first soloist Nicola Gervasi after 10 years with the company; soloist Nina Queiroz da Silva and dancers Abigail Cockrell, Ayça Anil and Ommaira Kanga Perez have also left.

Current situation: "The situation we find ourselves in due to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and has prevented us from being able to say a proper goodbye to the dancers who have left us this summer. In particular, we were unable to hold the celebratory performance we had planned for Hannah Bateman, an extraordinary dancer who has committed almost two decades of her life to Northern Ballet. I would like to thank all the leavers for their work and express my sincere best wishes for their futures. We don’t yet know when we will be able to resume rehearsals and performance and, regretfully, we have been unable to offer promotions to our remaining dancers at this time due to the significant financial losses we are facing as a result of this pandemic. However, the dancers remain supportive and understanding of the situation and we look forward to welcoming them back to the studios as soon as we can safely open our doors once more." Artistic Director David Nixon OBE

Director: Benoit Swan Pouffer

The Royal Ballet
Director: Kevin O'Hare

No live performances scheduled to date but check the ROH YouTube channel for latest recordings.
Drive-in performances taking place include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Harewood House on 16 August and Swan Lake at Lulworth Castle, also on 16 August.


Estonian National Ballet
Director: Linnar Looris

Scheduled to open the new season with the premiere of Anna Karenina on 1st, 3rd and 5th. This will be followed by a Tchaikovsky programme, including Serenade.


Finnish National Ballet
Director: Madeleine Onne
Season to open with Alexander Ekman's COW on 22 August with 35 dancers and no orchestra.

"Finland is doing really well and we are taking as much precautions as possible in the FNOB. We are starting the season with the routine that dancers arriving from abroad must enter a ‘quarantine group’ in which they stay with the same dancers for 2 weeks. The studios are used in shifts, making sure there is enough of time to avoid big groups meeting. We have a new quarantine group starting every Monday during a six-week period - the aim is to slowly make it possible to work as a full group by mid-August. But then, of course, we never know what happens….Like directors in the rest of the world, I have to be open for changes and adjustments. But I feel very privileged having the possibility to plan for a performance in the opera house already in August (maximum in the audience will be 500 persons – the auditorium seats around 1300)." - artistic director Madeleine Onne.

Tero Saarinen Company
Director: Tero Saarinen

Saarinen's new creation Transit will premiere at the Malmö Opera in Sweden on 3 October 2020 and subsequently will tour as part of the company's repertoire from autumn 2021.
Third Practice with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra is rescheduled to 2 - 6 March 2021 at the Finnish National Opera.
Residency possibilities at the TSC studio - applications from autumn 2020.


Paris Opera
Director: Aurélie Dupont

The company is possibly expected to perform La Bayadère in December at the Opera Bastille. Prior to that, performances comprising solos, pas de deux, etc. are planned for the Palais Garnier without an orchestra. Further details yet to be announced.


Semperoper Ballett Dresden
Director: Aaron S. Watkin 

Season: The season is scheduled to include three premiere programmes: Johan Inger's Peer Gynt; Playlist with ballets by Balanchine, Pite and Forsythe; Four Seasons with ballets by Balanchine, Van Manen and Dawson. The repertoire also includes Watkin's production of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker (with Jason Beechey). The season will open with Semper Essence: We Will Dance, which will take the form of gala evenings from 18 September - 25 October.
Promotions: Aidan Gibson to first soloist; Julian Amir Lacey to first soloist; Gareth Haw to second soloist; Sklyer Maxy-Wert to second soloist; Anthony Bachelier to coryphée.
Joining: Sofiane Sylve (ballet master/principal dancer) from San Francisco Ballet; Marcelo Gomes (ballet master/principal dancer) from ABT; Carlo Di Lanno (principal dancer) from San Francisco Ballet; Anna Nevzorova (corps de ballet) from Bayerisches Staatsballett; Sydney Merrilees (corps de ballet) apprentice from Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden; Alderya Avci (scholarship corps de ballet) graduate from Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden.
Leaving: Gamal Gouda (principal ballet master); Michael Tucker (first soloist); Monica Tardáguila (corps de ballet); Lea Chen, Yubin Hwang, Sydney Merrilees, Katya Schloeman, Gleb Matveev, Antonio Russo (apprentices) and Soyun Park (guest intern corps de ballet).

Aalto Ballett Essen
Director: Ben Van Cauwenbergh

The season will open with The Show Must Go On with excerpts from the company's repertoire - 13, 19, 20, 27 September.

Hamburg Ballet
Director: John Neumeier

The world premiere of Neumeier's Ghost Light will open the season on 6 September. The new ballet involves 60 dancers who have been rehearsing in small groups to respect social distancing. “Ghost Light is an ensemble work that I am developing in fragments. It is like the separate instrumental lines of a symphony – or a traditional Japanese meal: a sequence of carefully arranged, hopefully ‘delicious’ miniatures. How the separate parts will unite to create a complete work will depend on the moment we are allowed to come near and touch each other again,” says Neumeier. The title draws on an American theatrical tradition. A single lamp on a metal post is switched on and placed centre stage after rehearsal or performance signifying that no artist is allowed to use the stage. The ghost light burns through the night – until the stage comes alive again.

Bayerisches Staatsballett
Director: Igor Zelensky

The Munich company is planning to open the season as scheduled even if restrictions in place in September mean that there will be fewer dancers on stage and fewer people in the audience.
Programme: Swan Lake pr: Ray Barra 9/09; Giselle pr: Peter Wright 19/9; Jewels ch: Balanchine 6/11; The Nutcracker ch: Neumeier 27/11; CP Cinderella ch: Wheeldon 20 /12; Spartacus ch: Grigorovich 1/03; Coppélia ch: Petit 19/03; WP The Blizzard ch: Andrey Kaydanovskiy 16/04; Romeo and Juliet ch: Cranko 29/05; Today is Tomorrow - new works by international choreographers 25/06.
Returning: Ksenia Ryzhkova and Jonah Cook return after a year away in Zurich; Nicholas Losada rejoins the corps de ballet.
Joining: Madison Young from the Vienna State Ballet as first soloist; Vladislav Kozlov from the San Francisco Ballet as soloist; Melissa Chapski and Rhiannon Fairless as corps de ballet.
Leaving: Ivy Amista - after 19 years with the company; Isabella Knights is joining the Vienna State Ballet; Dukin Seo is joining Ballett der Deutschen Oper am Rhein; Andrea Marino is joining the Royal Swedish Ballet; Ziyue Liu, Stanislava Aitova and Madeleine Pastor.

Ballett of the Gärtnerplatz Theater
Director: Karl Alfred Schreiner

The company will start the season with the musical Priscilla - Queen of the Desert from 16/09, followed by Undine – a Dream Ballet ch: Karl Alfred Schreiner 27/10.

Gauthier Dance
Director: Eric Gauthier

The world premiere of Marco Goecke's Do You Love Gershwin? will take place on 7 October in Theaterhaus Stuttgart – with more shows until 11 October as well as in November and December plus touring to: 20 October - Stadthalle am Schloss, Aschaffenburg; 23, 24 October - Tollhaus Karlsruhe; 20 November- Teatro Comunale Bolzano (Italy); 13, 14 November - TANZ Köln an den Bühnen Köln; 27, 28 November - Theater Gütersloh; 1 December - Graf-Zeppelin-Haus Friedrichshafen; 3 December - Burghof Lörrach. The season will also include world premieres: Out of the Big Box created by company members, Kevin O'Day and Eric Gauthier on 25 February and the world premiere of Swan Lakes by Marie Chouinard, Marco Goecke, Hofesh Shechter and Cayetano Soto on 24 June, opening the COLOURS International dance Festival 2021.

Stuttgart Ballet
Director: Tamas Detrich

The company has announced a programme for the season as follows: Response I with new works by Fabio Adorisio, Roman Novitzky, Louis Stiens and further works from the repertory; Response II with world premieres by Aurora De Mori, Alessandro Giaquinto, Vittoria Girelli, Shaked Heller and Agnes Su; Angels and Demons: Falling Angels and CP Petite Mort by Jirí Kylián; CP Le Jeune Homme et La Mort by Roland Petit and Boléro by Maurice Béjart; and The Lady of the Camellias by John Neumeier. Ticket sales for October open on 15 September and for November on 15 October.
Promotions: Diana Ionescu to soloist; Matteo Miccini to demi-soloist.


Hungarian National Ballet
Director: Tamás Solymosi 

The Hungarian State Opera and Hungarian National Ballet will focus mostly on French culture, works and artists in the 2020/21 season.
Premieres: CP Cacti ch: Alexander; CP Don Juan ch: Thierry Malandain; NP Flames of Paris ch: Vasily Vainonen, production by Michael Messerer; WP Firebird ch: Marianna Venekei; Joyful! ch: Karina Sarkissova; Chroma ch: Wayne McGregor.
Repertoire: Laurencia; Swan Lake; The Nutcracker; A Streetcar Named Desire; Spartacus; Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (all full-length ballets); Bedroom Folk; 5 Tangos; Trois Gnossiennes; Episode 31; Petite mort; Six Dances; Sylvia Pas de Deux; Theme & Variations; The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Études (one-act ballets).


Balletto di Teatro alla Scala
Manuel Legris is the new artistic director, succeeding Frédéric Olivieri. La Scala opened in July for concert performances with socially distanced audiences, but no schedule for ballet performances has yet been confirmed.


Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo
Director: Jean-Christophe Maillot

The season has been announced as follows: Altro Canto 1/Vers un Pays Sage 15 - 17/10; Dov'é La Luna/WP Opus 60 (creation) 11 - 13/12; Cinderella 18 - 19/12; Romeo and Juliet 23 - 26/12; Lac 30/12 - 3/01. Plus extensive overseas touring, depending on travel restrictions.


Dutch National Ballet
Director: Ted Brandsen

In place of the scheduled opening gala and La Bayadère, a revised programme, Dancing Apart Together, will open the season on 17 September. In October, Back to Ballet will feature two programmes, one classical and one contemporary ballet. The rest of the season will be confirmed in due course.
Joining: Jakob Feyferlik as a principal dancer.


Norwegian National Ballet
Director: Ingrid Lorentzen

The season will open with an outdoor performance at Linderud Manor with excerpts from Giselle and La Sylphide and new works by  Anäis Touret and Kaloyan Boyadjiev from 22 - 29 August. Chamber Dance, featuring new ballets by Whitney Jensen, Simone Grøtte and Samantha Lynch to the live music of Bach, Berio, Bartók and Adès, will run from 19 - 21 August, and Alan Lucien Øyen's The Hamlet Complex Redux, an adapted version of the original work, will be presented from 4 - 12 September. The rest of the season will be announced in due course.


Polish National Ballet
Director: Krzysztof Pastor

The company plans to open the season with Manuel Legris's Le Corsaire on 17 September. The season will also include Frederiana, The Lady of the Camellias, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, The Tempest, Creations 13 by young choreographers, Romeo and Juliet, Lost Souls and Mayerling.


Bolshoi Ballet
Director: Makhar Vaziev

Stanislavsky Ballet 
Director: Laurent Hilaire

Mariinsky Ballet

Director: Yuri Fateyev
The company has been presenting ballet galas comprising mainly solos and pas de deux throughout July, selling every other seat to maintain distancing, and plans to re-open the season in September.

Mikhailovsky Ballet
Director: Nacho Duato
No plans have been announced as yet, but the box office is due to open on 23 August.

Perm Ballet
Anton Pimonov has succeeded Alexei Miroshnichenko as the new director


Scottish Ballet
Director: Christopher Hampson
The Nutcracker is scheduled to run from 5 December - 13 February


Royal Swedish Ballet
Director: Nicolas Le Riche

The company plans to open the season with Les Ballets Suédois 100 years, comprising Skating Rink, La Boîte à Joujoux and Scenes from Midsummer Night's Dream 4 - 25 September; Suite en Blanc/Carmen 28 October - 11 November; Swan Lake 3 December - 19 January; Hjálmarsdóttir/Brown/ Naharin 19 February - 19 March; Escapist 31 March - 22 April; Station Illusion 24 April - 30 May; Cinderella 21 May - 12 June.


Béjart Ballet Lausanne
Director: Gil Roman

The company was scheduled to open the season with a tour to Japan in September but this has now been cancelled. In Lausanne, Béjart Ballet meets Pierre Henry 27 - 29 November, and the new dates for The Ninth Symphony at Vaudoise Arena are 23 - 27 June 2021.

Ballett Zürich
Director: Christian Spuck

The company will open the season with the world premiere of Spuck's Sleeping Beauty on 10 October - 26 December; Anna Karenina 15 November - 12 December; Balcão de Amor 16 January - 5 February; Winterreise 13 February - 17 April; Impulse 24 February - 9 April; The Sleeping Beauty 11 - 28 March; Walking Mad 1 May - 16 June; Forsythe 30 May - 18 June.


Ballet Cymru
Director: Darius James