The Royal Ballet Tour – Moscow 17 – 22 June / Taipei 27 – 29 June /

Shanghai 3 – 5 July


This summer The Royal Ballet will tour to Moscow, Taipei and Shanghai for the annual international tour.

The Royal Ballet is delighted to return to Moscow, its first visit since 2003, where it will be part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture celebrating the rich and diverse cultural heritage of both countries.

As part of the celebrations The Royal Ballet will perform in The Bolshoi Theatre between 17 – 22 June, presenting a Triple Bill of Tetractys by Wayne McGregor, Rhapsody by Frederick Ashton and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse by Christopher Wheeldon.  The Royal Ballet will also perform Manon by Kenneth MacMillan,one of the signature works from the Company’s repertory.

Tetractys, an exhilarating fusion of baroque music and contemporary dance,received its UK premiere in February and is Wayne McGregor’s latest work for The Royal Ballet. Rhapsody was created in 1980 by Frederick Ashton for the 80th birthday of HM The Queen Mother. It is a celebratory showpiece, set to sweeping music by Sergey Rachmaninoff, and pays tribute to virtuoso dance. Christopher Wheeldon’s award-winning DGV: Danse à grande vitesse is a high-octane finale, set to Michael Nyman’s score, MGV (Musique à Grande Vitesse), which was composed to commemorate the 1993 inauguration by the north European line of the French train TGV. 

Manon, Kenneth MacMillan’s acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece telling the story of Manon Lescaut, a young woman longing for love who is corrupted by wealth and luxury in 18th century Paris.

In Taiwan The Royal Ballet will perform Romeo and Juliet from 27 – 29 June at The National Theatre & Concert Hall in TaipeiMacMillan’s great interpretation of Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy Romeo and Juliet is set against Sergey Prokofiev’s passionate score.  First performed in 1965, Romeo and Juliet is regarded as one of the greatest ballets of the 20th century.

Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta’s critically acclaimed new production of Don Quixote premiered at the Royal Opera House last September. The adventures of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his ever-faithful squire Sancho Panza have been the inspiration for countless ballets in companies around the world, perhaps most notably in the version by 19th century Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. Acosta brings his unique and vibrant vision to the ballet which receives its Shanghai debut at The Shanghai Grand Theatre from 3 – 5 July.

The Royal Opera House would like to thank all tour supporters, Aud Jebsen for her support of the Royal Ballet touring programme, and our corporate sponsors; Vitol, Coutts and the Tsukanov Family Foundation for their support in Moscow, and Alta Advisors in Shanghai.


Tour Dates and Performances


The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 June 



Tetractys / Rhapsody / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

17 and 18 June 7pm



17 and 18 June

Federico Bonelli, Lauren Cuthbertson, Nicol Edmonds, Paul Kay, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Thiago Soares, Akane Takada, Eric Underwood, Edward Watson



17 June                                                Laura Morera, Steven McRae


18 June                                                Yuhui Choe, Valentino Zucchetti



17 June

Zenaida Yanowsky, Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Thiago Soares, Akane Takada, Eric Underwood, Edward Watson


18 June

Tierney Heap, Akane Takada, Melissa Hamilton, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Ryoichi Hirano, Tristan Dyer, Matthew Golding, Valentino Zucchetti




20 June 7pm / 21 June 1pm and 7pm / 22 June 6pm


20 June

Manon                        Marianela Nuñez

Des Grieux                  Federico Bonelli


21 June (mat)

Manon                        Lauren Cuthbertson

Des Grieux                 Matthew Golding


21 June (eve)

Manon                        Sarah Lamb

Des Grieux                  Steven McRae


22 June

Manon                        Natalia Osipova

Des Grieux                  Carlos Acosta



National Theatre, Taipei

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 June  



Romeo and Juliet

27 and 28 June at 7.30pm / 29 June at 2pm and 7.30pm


27 June

Romeo             Federico Bonelli

Juliet                Lauren Cuthbertson


28 June

Romeo             Thiago Soares

Juliet                Marianela Nuñez


29 June (mat)

Romeo             Edward Watson

Juliet                Melissa Hamilton


29 June (eve)

Romeo             Valeri Hristov

Juliet                Sarah Lamb


Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai

Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 July 



Don Quixote

3, 4 July 7.15pm / 5 July 1.30pm and 7.15pm


3 July

Basilio                          Thiago Soares

Kitri                             Marianela Nuñez


4 July

Basilio                          Federico Bonelli

Kitri                             Sarah Lamb


5 July (mat)

Basilio                          Matthew Golding

Kitri                             Akane Takada


5 July (eve)

Basilio                          Thiago Soares

Kitri                             Marianela Nuñez



Serenade – George Balanchine

Sweet Violets – Liam Scarlett

DGV: Danse à grande vitesse – Christopher Wheeldon

14 – 26 May

The ethereal choreography of George Balanchine’s atmospheric and emotionally subtle Serenade opens the Triple-Bill with a much-loved classic, as the perfect complement to Tchaikovsky’s soaring Serenade for Strings.

In contrast, the seedy underworld of Victorian London provides the setting for Liam Scarlett’s Sweet Violets, in its first performance since its premiere in 2012. Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, takes inspiration from the work of artist Walter Sickert, whose ‘Camden Town Murder’ paintings were based on the gruesome murders of Jack the Ripper. Scarlett’s classical sensibility is set against the backdrop of John MacFarlane’s dark and atmospheric sets, portraying the dangers of Victorian London with a deep emotional punch.

Hurtling forward into a 21st-century aesthetic, Christopher Wheeldon’s award-winning and Olivier-nominated DGV: Danse à grande vitesse brings the programme to an exhilarating close. The ballet was inspired by the French high-speed train line TGV, and is set to a propulsive score by Michael Nyman originally commissioned to commemorate the 1993 inauguration of the TGV line.


SERENADE – George Balanchine

SWEET VIOLETS – Liam Scarlett

DGV: DANSE À GRAND VITESSE – Christopher Wheeldon

14, 21, 23 May at 7.30pm / 17 May at 12 noon / 24 May at 7pm/  26 May at 1.30pm and 7pm


Serenade is set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.


Sweet Violets is set to Sergey Rachmaninoff’s 1893 Trio élégiaque


DGV: Danse a Grand Vitesse is set to MGV (Musique à grande vitesse) by Michael Nyman



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14 / 21 / 26 May                                               Marianela Nuñez, Lauren Cuthbertson, Melissa Hamilton*, Matthew Golding*, Ryoichi Hirano*

17 / 26 (mat) / 24 May                                      Sarah Lamb, Natalia Osipova*, Olivia Cowley*, Rupert Pennefather, Valeri Hristov


14 / 21 / 26 May

Emily Dimmock: Meaghan Grace Hinkis

Mary-Jane Kelly: Lauren Cuthbertson*

Annie E Crook: Laura Morera

Marie: Leanne Cope

Robert Wood: Thiago Soares

Walter Sickert: Rupert Pennefather*

Eddy: Federico Bonelli

Jack: Steven McRae

17 / 26 (mat) / 24 May

Emily Dimmock: Romany Pajdak

Mary-Jane Kelly: Laura Morera

Annie E Crook: Leanne Cope

Marie: Marianela Nuñez

Robert Wood: Thomas Whitehead

Walter Sickert: Bennet Gartside

Eddy: Ricardo Cervera

Jack: Alexander Campbell


14 / 21 / 26 May

Laura Morera*, Zenaida Yanowksy, Edward Watson, Thiago Soares, Natalia Osipova*, Marianela Nuñez, Eric Underwood, Federico Bonelli

17 / 26 (mat) / 24 May                                     

Nehemiah Kish, Tristan Dyer*, Akane Takada*, Ryoichi Hirano, Tierney Heap*, Melissa Hamilton, Itziar Mendizabal, Rupert Pennefather


*role debut

The Royal Ballet School Graduate Contracts 2012

ballet dancers on stage in tutus

The Royal Ballet School Graduate Contracts 2012

ballet dancers on stage in tutus
Grand Defile Photograph : Johan Persson

The Royal Ballet

Mayara Magri

Tierney Heap

Donald Thom


Birmingham Royal Ballet

Laura Day

Reina Fuchigami

Lachlan Monaghan


English National Ballet

Teo Dubreuil


Northern Ballet

Mariana Rodrigues

Sean Bates

Isaac Lee-Baker


Vienna State Opera Ballet

Nina Tonoli

Tristan Ridel


Berlin Ballet 2

Jordan Mullin


Karlsruhe State Theatre of Baden

Louis-Joseph Bray


Dutch National Ballet

Skyler Martin


Bavarian State Ballet 2

Marta Navarrete Villalba

Jonah Cook

Sebastian Goffin


Polish National Ballet

Lynsey Sutherland

Kenneth Dwigans


Lithuanian National Ballet

Isaac Evans


Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris

Axel Alvarez


Ballet de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux

Evangeline Ball

Takaaki Okajima


Ballet de Capitole de Toulouse

Matthew Astley


National Ballet of Portugal

Melissa Parsons


Hong Kong Ballet

Ellen Elphick

Solomon Golding


Atlantic City Ballet

Romain di Fazio


The Royal Ballet promotions 2012

Promotions, joiners and leavers for The Royal Ballet’s 2011/12 season


The Royal Ballet’s Ryoichi Hirano and Alexander Campbell have been promoted to First Soloists in the recent Company promotions. Ryoichi, 28 from Japan, joined The Royal Ballet in 2002 and was promoted to Soloist in 2008.  Sydney-born Alexander, 25, joined the Company as a Soloist at the beginning of this season .


Congratulations also go to Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Claire Calvert, James Hay, Dawid Trzensimiech and Valentino Zucchetti who have all been promoted to Soloists, along with Meaghan Grace-Hinkis, Fumi Kaneko and Yasmine Naghdi who are promoted to First Artists.


Joining the Company at the start of the 2011/12 season will be Tierney Heap, Mayara Magri and Donald Thom from The Royal Ballet School and Nicol Edmonds from the Finnish National Ballet. All join as Artists.


During the course of the season, the Company has said goodbye to Principals Sergei Polunin and David Makhateli, First Artist Francesca Filpi and physiotherapist Daryl Martin, whilst leaving at the end of the season are Principal Tamara Rojo, First Soloist José Martin,  Artists Celisa Diuana and Aaron Smyth and Ballet Mistress Ursula Hageli.

Royal Ballet School graduate contracts

two ballet school graduates

Royal Ballet School News

two ballet school graduates
l-r Mayara Magri & Tierney Heap on the Bridge of Aspiration. Photograph by Jim Fletcher

Congratulations are in order for two graduates of The Royal Ballet School.

Following a visit to the School by Monica Mason and Kevin O’Hare, they were offered contracts with The Royal Ballet company.

Manchester-born Tierney Heap and Brazilian Mayara Magri will join the Company from the beginning of the 2012 – 2013 season.


Birmingham Royal Ballet | English National Ballet

Fellow-Graduates Laura Day and Reina Fuchigami have already joined the School’s other sister company, Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Teo Dubreuil has accepted a contract with English National Ballet.

Royal Academy of Dance presents Genée International Ballet Competition 2010

Semi-finals, 18 and 19 November 2010, Laban
Final, 21 November 2010, Sadler’s Wells

ballet news
Photograph : Elliott Franks

Finalists Announced

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) who is staging their flagship annual event, the Genée International Ballet Competition in London, for the first time in over five years announced the 2010 Finalists. The announcement was made live from the Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban on Friday 19 November, at the end of the two-day Semi-finals event at  which the audience were given a taste of the spectacular Final to come.

Name                               Age                        Nationality  

Evangeline Ball                  18                        British, The Royal Ballet School

Laura Day                          17                        British, The Royal Ballet School

Karla Doorbar                   18                         British, The Royal Ballet School

Francesca Hayward         18                         British, The Royal Ballet School

Tierney Heap                    17                         British, The Royal Ballet School,  Centre Pointe Dance School

Courtney Macmillan        15                         Australian, Prudence Bowen Atelier; The Ballet Factory

Anna Rose O’Sullivan         16                      British, The Royal Ballet School

Sean Bates                       18                          British, The Royal Ballet School

Orazio Di Bella                19                           Italian, Elmhurst School for Dance

Lachlan Monaghan         17                           Australian, The Royal Ballet School; The McDonald College

Donald Thom                  18                           Canadian, The Royal Ballet School; Linda Jamieson School of Dance

Dominic Whitbrook       18                            British, The Royal Ballet School

ballet news, genee
Photograph : Elliott Franks

Finalists were selected from 71 Semi-finalists from 12 nationalities. Chair of the judging panel, David Nixon delivered the results whilst commending all the candidates on the high calibre of competition.

The Royal Academy of Dance is an international dance teacher education and training organisation with over 13,000 members in 79 countries. The Academy promotes the knowledge, practice and understanding of dance internationally through the education and training of teachers. The Academy is also the largest international ballet examinations board. The RAD is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 312826


Semi-finals: David Nixon, Artistic Director Northern Ballet; Christopher Saunders, Ballet Master, The Royal Ballet; Deanne Bergsma, Ex Principal Dancer of The Ballet Ballet.

Final: Dame Antoinette Sibley, DBE; Dame Monica Mason, DBE Artistic Director, The Royal Ballet; David Nixon, Artistic Director Northern Ballet.