Summer Performances 2019


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 we will stage four performances at Opera Holland Park from 4-6 July, and there will be a Sunday matinée at the Royal Opera House on 14 July.

In summary: our 2019 programme

At this year’s Summer Performances, Upper School students will have the privilege of performing a ballet by one of the founding fathers of the English Style, Frederick Ashton.

La Valse, set to Maurice Ravel’s score, is Ashton’s evocative 1958 interpretation of Serge Diaghilev’s ballet created for the Ballets Russes.

Our 3rd Year students will dance Scottish Dances, one part of David Bintley’s two-part ballet Flowers of the Forest. This fleet-footed piece combines traditional Highland dancing with the English classical ballet style. It will be danced in honour of David Bintley on his retirement as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Students from Years 8 and 9 at White Lodge and all three years of the Upper School will recreate excerpts from Marius Petipa’s well-loved ballet Paquita, about a young Spanish gypsy girl. The ballet features the joyous Mazurka, which will be performed by the White Lodge students.

We will also revive alumnus Alastair Marriott’s Simple Symphony, created on our students in 2012. Set to Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony op 4, this playful and colourful work will show off the energetic flair of our 2nd Year students.

Spanish-born choreographer Goyo Montero is working with 1st and 2nd Year students on rehearsing Pulse, a piece he created last year as part of a collaborative project with students from partner schools at the Prix de Lausanne.

We have also welcomed Ashley Page to the School, to create new work on our male students based on the 4th movement of Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony. The structure within Mendelssohn’s score has allowed him to craft a piece that showcases the cast divided into separate year groups.

3rd Year students will perform a short extract from Mats Ek’s Swan Lake, a dramatic retelling of the classic ballet set to Pyotr Tchaicovsky’s orchestral score. Originally created for Cullberg Ballet, the work will be rehearsed and staged by Pompea Santoro.

Former Royal Ballet dancer and Royal Ballet School teacher Petal Miller Ashmole is creating new work on our White Lodge students. Miller Ashmole was inspired by architect Renzo Piano in choreographing the piece, drawing on the parallels between the creative process in choreography and architecture. Renzo Piano spoke about his ‘bottega’ studio workshop, which he described as a place of collaboration, experimentation and mentorship. Miller Ashmole similarly wanted to work with students to create a space to explore her choreography together and tease out their creative potential.

We welcome back choreographer Robert Binet, this year staging his 2013 ballet Earthborn, which will be performed by White Lodge Year 11 students. The piece is set to Agu by Marc Mellits and was originally choreographed on students at Canada’s Assemblée Internationale festival. It will be performed at the Royal Opera House Young Talent Festival and at Opera Holland Park.

Date and time
Thursday 4 July, 7pm Opera Holland Park Predominantly Upper School students
(16-19 year olds)
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Friday 5 July, 7pm Opera Holland Park Predominantly White Lodge students
(11-16 year olds)
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Saturday 6 July, 2pm Opera Holland Park Predominantly White Lodge students
(11-16 year olds)
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Saturday 6 July, 7pm Opera Holland Park Predominantly Upper School students
(16-19 year olds)
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Sunday 14 July, 1.30pm Royal Opera House White Lodge and Upper School students
(11-19 year olds)
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