The Mariinsky Ballet - Oxana Skorik and Xander Parish in Raymonda.

White Nights

The Mariinsky Theatre’s XXVI Stars of White Nights opens on 23 May and runs until 29 July. The ballet repertoire includes full-length productions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet La Bayadère, Jewels, La Sylphide, Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Bronze Horseman, Legend of Love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raymonda and Le Corsaire, as well as act-one ballets Apollo, In the Night, Symphony in C, The Seasons, Petrushka, Les Noces, Symphony in Three Movements, Concert DSCH, Lady and the Hooligan, Leningrad Symphony, Chopiniana, Le Spectre de la Rose, Swan, The Four Seasons, Carmen Suite and Le Jeune Homme et la Mort. Within the festival there are also three performances by graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy on 12, 14 & 16 June, and the performance of Romeo and Juliet on 13 June marks 15 years of Vladimir Shklyarov’s career on stage. Shklyarov also performs the first Raymonda, partnering Alina Somova on 24 May, while the performances of the same ballet on 26 and 28 May will feature Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish as Raymonda and Jean de Brienne respectively. The complete White Nights programme can be viewed HERE


The Royal Ballet - Marianela Nuñez in Liam Scarlett's new production of Swan Lake - by courtesy of the ROH

Swan Lake

The Royal Ballet premiered Liam Scarlett's new production of Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House on 17 May. The leading protagonists were danced by Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov. The new staging replaces Anthony Dowell's production and has fabulous designs by John Macfarlane. Performances, with several different casts, continue until 21 June. More info and casting can be found HERE

ENB Emerging Dancer 2018

English National Ballet will be holding its Emerging Dancer competition at the London Coliseum for the first time on 11 June. This year’s promising dancers, selected by their peers, are Precious Adams, Fernando Carratalá Coloma, Francesca Velicu, Daniel McCormick, Connie Vowles and Giorgio Garrett. Each dancer will perform a pas de deux and a solo, and last year’s joint Emerging Dancer Award winners Aitor Arrieta and Rina Kanehara will perform the pas de deux from Act III of The Sleeping Beauty, whilst the winner of the 2017 People’s Choice Award, Georgia Bould, will perform an extract from La Sylphide.