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DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET
Director: Ted Brandsen
The company opens the season with a quadruple bill comprising two world premieres with Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Hans Van Manen's Frank Bridge Variations. The new works are The Chairman Dances by Ted Brandsen and Full Frontal by Juanjo Arqués.
Dates: 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 28, 30 Sept.
BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET
Director: Carlos Acosta BRB’s new Black Sabbath ballet set to music by the heavy metal band is premiering on 23 Sept at the Birmingham Hippodrome but is already sold out - check for returns. However, tickets are still available for the Theatre Royal, Plymouth from 12 - 14 Oct, or hang on for any returns at Sadler’s Wells, 18 - 21 Oct, which is also sold out.
HUNGARIAN NATIONAL BALLET
Director: Tamás Solymosi
Mikhail Messerer’s staging of Don Quixote opens the season at the city’s beautiful opera house.
Dates: 28, 30 Sept; 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 Oct.
CORK CITY BALLET
Director: Alan Foley
Swan Lake - 30th Anniversary Season
Dates: 2, 3, 4 m+e November - Cork Opera House
DRESDEN SEMPEROPER BALLETT
Artistic Advisor: Marcelo Gomes
A reprise of last season’s triple bill offering Forsythe’s The Second Detail, Sharon Eyal’s Half Life and Nacho Duato’s White Darkness opens the season.
Dates: 11, 12, 14, 17 Sept.
Director: John Neumeier
John Neumeier’s final year as director of the Hamburg Ballet begins with Dance on the Rathausmarkt - a free, open air event that takes place in the town square on 3 Sept. Next comes Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire in the Opera House.
Dates: 17, 21, 22, 24 Sept.
Director: Federico Bonelli
Two world premieres by Tiler Peck (her first for a British company) and Royal Ballet soloist Benjamin Ella performed with Hans van Manen’s Adagio Hammerklavier make up Generations, the first programme of the season from 8 - 16 Sept - Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds and then from 31 Oct - 2 Nov at the Linbury Theatre, ROH, London.
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Director: Robert Battle
Contemporary Voices 5, 10m, 16 Sept; Modern Masters 6, 7m, 9, 12, 13, 16m Sept; Ailey Classics 7, 9m, 13m, 15 Sept; 21st Century Creations 8, 14 Sept - Sadler's Wells.
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET
Director: Aaron S. Watkin
Aaron S. Watkin’s first season as director of ENB opens with Our Voices - a triple bill comprising Theme and Variations ch: Balanchine / Four Last Songs ch: Dawson / Les Noces ch: Miller - 21 - 30 Sept, Sadler's Wells
THE ROYAL BALLET
Director: Kevin O’Hare
Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote opens the season with a run at the Royal Opera House from 30 Sept - 17 Nov.
THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET
Director: David Hallberg
Swan Lake - new production by David Hallberg inspired by Anne Woolliams' 1977 production, State Theatre, Arts Center 19 - 30 Sept.
TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Director: Manuel Legris
Rudolf Nureyev's production of Swan Lake can be seen at La Scala from 15 - 27 Sept.
Director: Laurent Hilaire
First up is a triple bill - Paquita ch: Petipa / Aunis ch: Garnier / Le Grand Sot ch: Motin on 23 & 24 Sept. This is followed by Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella on 1 & 7 Oct, followed by Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on 12, 14, 15 Oct.
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
Director: Susan Jaffe
The fall season is at the David H. Koch Theater from 18 - 29 Oct and will feature three programmes: Classics Old and New, 20th Century Works: Balanchine and Ashton and 21st Century Works: King and Ratmansky.
NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Director: Jonathan Stafford
Fall Season: 19 Sept - 15 Oct.
FALL FOR DANCE
The annual festival takes place at New York City Center from 27 Sept - 8 Oct.
NORWEGIAN NATIONAL BALLET
Director: Ingrid Lorentzen
The season opens with a second run of Christian Spuck’s Sleeping Beauty (reviewed in the Aug/Sept issue of Dance Europe).
Dates: 31 Aug, 1, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 19, 22, 24 Sept.
BALLET DE L’OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS
Director: José Martinez
A contemporary bill opens the season at the Palais Garnier and includes two world premieres - The Last Call ch: Marion Motin and Horizon ch: Xie Xin - programmed with Crystal Pite’s The Seasons’ Canon. There’s an opening gala on 21 Sept (with the official premiere on 23 Sept).
CZECH NATIONAL BALLET
Director: Filip Barankiewicz
John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet is the first ballet of the season with performances on 1, 2, 9, 16 Sept.
Director: Tamas Detrich
A revival of John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet can be seen at Stuttgart’s Opera House on 7, 8, 18, 19, 21, 22 Oct & 16, 17, 19 Nov. The ballet was created on the company in 1962 and is much enhanced by Jürgen Rose’s opulent sets and costumes.
THE NATIONAL BALLET OF JAPAN
Director: Miyako Yoshida
Inaugurated by the National Ballet of Japan over a decade ago, Ballet Asteras is a unique gala programme for which Japanese dancers, performing in companies all over the world, are invited back to Japan to perform in the Opera Palace in Tokyo. This year the event takes place on 5 & 6 Aug. The season then continues with Alexei Fadeyechev’s production of Don Quixote.
Dates: 20, 21 m&e, 22 m&e, 24, 27 Oct.
POLISH NATIONAL BALLET
Director: Krzysztof Pastor
Originally created on the West Australian Ballet in 2028, Pastor’s Dracula opens the season in Warsaw.
Dates: 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 Sept.