Summer Performances 2018

The Conservatory by Bournonville,          The Royal Ballet School ;
at The Royal Opera House, London, UK ;
7 July 2017 ;
Credit : Johan Persson /
The Conservatory by Bournonville,          The Royal Ballet School ;
at The Royal Opera House, London, UK ;
7 July 2017 ;
Credit : Johan Persson

What are the Summer Performances?

Each year in June and July, The Royal Ballet School holds its annual Summer Performances, an invaluable opportunity for students to perform pieces of classical repertoire alongside new choreography. The end of year performances are a chance to witness the exceptional talent of our young dancers and are a must-see for all ballet fans.

This year there will be four performances at Opera Holland Park from 28-30 June, with a Sunday matinée at the Royal Opera House on 8 July.

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Thursday 28 June  – Predominantly Upper School (16-19 year olds)
Friday 29 June – Predominantly White Lodge (11-16 year olds)
Saturday 30 June – Predominantly White Lodge (11-16 year olds)
Saturday 30 June – Predominantly Upper School (16-19 year olds)

Royal Opera House matinée - SOLD OUT

The 2018 programme

The great Sir Anthony Dowell will be among the distinguished guests preparing students for their Summer shows at Opera Holland Park and the Royal Opera House this year.

Our students will have the great privilege of working with Sir Anthony as he presents a restaged version of Act III of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Aurora’s Wedding this year.

Approximately 40 dancers will be involved from all three years of the Upper School with, at Sir Anthony’s suggestion, students from White Lodge dancing Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. The divertissements will also include the revival of Dame Ninette’s Three Ivans and of course the Bluebird pas de deux, the White Cat and Puss in Boots and the ever elegant final grand pas de deux between Aurora and her prince.

We also welcome Robert Binet to the School, to coach 3rd Year students in his ballet Self & Soul, which will also form part of our mixed bill. Robert Binet, who was Choreographic Apprentice with The Royal Ballet 2012-13, created Self & Soul for The Erik Bruhn Prize in 2016. It is a dynamic pas de deux, set to music by A Winged Victory for the Sullen, exploringundefined love’.

Renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato will rehearse students in sections of his piece Multiplicity. Inspired by the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach, it draws on the emotions Bach’s music evoked in the choreographer, and based on the movement language of classical ballet.

Alumnus and freelance choreographer Andrew McNicol has been creating a new work on our 1st Year students. The piece is inspired by Benjamin Britten's emotive Sea Interludes from his acclaimed opera Peter Grimes. His four interludes, like vignettes, describe life at sea. Andrew said: ‘I am hugely attracted to the nature, imagery and symbolism within Britten’s work. It feels highly physical and something which we can evoke with a large cast and many bodies.’

Mark Annear, former dancer with Australian Ballet, will create a new abstract, neo-classical ballet on our Year 10 and 11 (White Lodge) students set to Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. Mark is an established choreographer and has created more than 50 ballets for The Australian Ballet School, the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Richmond Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, West Australian Ballet and the Dancers’ Company.

This year Tania Fairbairn is choreographing a character piece entitled Snegurochka for the younger dancers at White Lodge encompassing all students from Years 7 to 9. The piece will be set to ‘incidental music’ from Tchaikovsky’s Snow Maiden and will echo the story of the Snow Maiden using a Russian character dance style.

Year 10 and 11 students will also perform excerpts from August Bournonville’s Napoli. They will be taught by School Ballet Teachers Anita Young and Valeri Hristov, but will also have the privilege of first-hand tuition from Danish Royal Ballet School Artistic Director, Thomas Lund and teachers Fernando Mora, Henriette Muus.

 Christopher Powney, Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet School said:

‘This is another exciting year for our students as they embrace the opportunity to tackle some really challenging choreography. Work that not only connects them to our School’s heritage, it also embraces innovation and some of the brightest creative talents of today. I am so grateful to the illustrious choreographers and guest teachers who so generously give of their work and time for our talented young dancers.’