Season 2020 - 21


Due to the current situation, many companies have yet to confirm their plans for the 2020 - 21 Season but we will endeavour to post them in due course. Contact:

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West Australian Ballet
Director: Aurelien Scannella
Krzysztof Pastor's Dracula 11 - 26 September.
Gala 19 November - 11 December.
The Nutcracker 21 November - 13 December.


Wiener Staatsballett
Director: Martin Schläpfer
Jewels 3, 9, 18, 22, 27, 29 October; 1 November.
Mahler Live 24, 27 November.


Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Director: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui 
Choreolab #15 from 9 - 19 December


The Czech National Ballet
Director: Filip Barankiewicz
The State Opera
Swan Lake 29 September; 7, 8 October; 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 December.
The National Theatre
Kylián - Bridges of Time:Bella Figura/Gods & Dogs/Petite Mort/Sechs Tänze 3, 11, 13, 24, 29 October; 25, 28 November.
Phoenix: WP ch: Douglas Lee, Alejandro Cerrudo, Cayetano Soto 12, 13, 16, 19 November
The Estates Theatre
Leonce & Lena 15, 17, 20 October.


Birmingham Royal Ballet
Director: Carlos Acosta

With the Birmingham Hippodrome closed until next year, Birmingham Royal Ballet, under the inspired direction of Carlos Acosta, has forged a new relationship with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The company has announced the world premiere of Lazuli Sky, choreographed by Will Tuckett, as part of a triple bill of ballet with live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. The opening night cast will feature Damen Axtens, Ryan Felix, Haoliang Feng, Tori Forsyth-Hecken, Kit Holder, Yu Kurihara, Gus Payne, Rachele Pizzillo, Emma Price, Tom Rogers, Eilis Small, Yuki Sugiura and the performances, with socially distanced audiences, will take place at The REP on 22 – 24 October, with 150 tickets on sale to the public for each of four shows. The show will also be filmed at The REP for broadcast in November via ‘pay per view’ media to audiences unable to attend the live shows.The programme will also feature Our Waltzes choreographed by Vicente Nebrada for ten dancers, and a solo, Liebestod, choreographed by Valery Panov to music from Tristan and Isolde, and will also be presented at Sadler's Wells from 29 - 31 October.

The Nutcracker - Royal Albert Hall - socially distanced performances
30 December 2020 - 2 January 2021.

A further collaboration with Birmingham Rep, City of a Thousand Trades, with choreographty by Miguel Altunaga, is scheduled for 6, 7 & 8 May 2021.

English National Ballet
Director: Tamara Rojo 

An Evening with English National Ballet
Laid in Earth ch: Cherkaoui/TBC ch: Maliphant/Senseless Kindness ch: Possokhov/Take Five Blues ch: Quagebeur
Sadler's Wells 19 - 21 November

Nutcracker Delights
London Coliseum 3 December - 3 January

A digital season will feature short works for camera by choreographers, including Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Yuri Possokhov, Arielle Smith and ENB Associate Choreographer Stina Quagebeur, and will be created, rehearsed, and performed by Company dancers in English National Ballet’s studios within COVID secure guidelines. This marks the first time Cherkaoui and Smith have created work for ENB’s main Company, and the first time Possokhov has created work for a UK Company. Shown in a series of mixed bills, these new works will be available to rent via ENB at Home, a new video-on-demand service from English National Ballet. ENB’s digital season is currently in rehearsal and will premiere in November and December 2020.

The premieres of Creature by Akram Khan and the company’s new version of Raymonda, choreographed by Tamara Rojo after Marius Petipa, have been postponed. Creature will now have its premiere in September 2021 at Sadler’s Wells, whilst Raymonda’s premiere date is to be announced. More plans will be announced in due course

Promotions: Gabriele Francesco Frola  to Lead Principal; Daniel McCormick has been promoted to Soloist; Precious Adams, Julia Conway, Anjuli Hudson and Erik Woolhouse have been promoted to Junior Soloist; Emily Suzuki has been promoted to 8th Year Artist; Matthew Astley, Noam Durand, Rhys Antoni Yeomans, Victor Prigent and Miguel Angel Maidana have been promoted to 6th Year Artist; Carolyne Galvao and Rentaro Nakaaki have been promoted to 5th Year Artist.

Leaving: Francisco Bosch, Fernando Bufala, Barry Drummond, Shevelle Dynott, James Forbat, Daniel Kraus, Adela Ramirez, Maria Jose Sales, Jia Zhang, Maeve Nolan, Crystal Costa, Joshua McSherry-Gray and Jane Haworth.

New English Ballet Theatre
Director: Karen Pilkington-Miksa
NEBT will be releasing the film version of Wayne Eagling’s Remembrance on 15 October, 19:30, on YouTube. The film will be available free-to-view till 15 December, and features Alessia Lugoboni as Marie Rambert and Alexander Nuttall as Ashley Dukes.

Northern Ballet
Director: David Nixon

Northern Ballet is returning to the stage for its first live performances since the initiation of lockdown in March. The Company will perform three different hour-long mixed programmes at Leeds Playhouse from 21 – 24 October 2020 followed by four full-length performances of David Nixon OBE’s Dangerous Liaisons from 28 – 31 October 2020.

The first mixed repertoire programme will be Iconic Classics on 21 October. The performance will include excerpts from ballet classics including Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire and Giselle. A Celebration of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE on 22 Oct celebrates 20 years of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE’s creations for the Company including excerpts from The Great Gatsby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Little Mermaid. The final mixed programme, Contemporary Cuts will be performed on 23 and 24 Oct including excerpts from 1984, I Got Rhythm and a new work by Northern Ballet Choreographer in Residence Kenneth Tindall.

From 28 – 31 October, Northern Ballet will perform David Nixon OBE’s Dangerous Liaisons in the first revival of this work in 10 years. Inspired by the original scandalous novel and acclaimed Hollywood retellings, danced to Vivaldi’s rousing The Four Seasons, Dangerous Liaisons is the bodice-ripping tale of two bored aristocrats as they spin a web of heartbreak and ruin.

Leaving: After 18 years with the company, principal soloist Hannah Bateman has retired from the stage, as has first soloist Nicola Gervasi after 10 years with the company; soloist Nina Queiroz da Silva and dancers Abigail Cockrell, Ayça Anil and Ommaira Kanga Perez have also left.

Director: Benoit Swan Pouffer

The Royal Ballet
Director: Kevin O'Hare

The Royal Ballet Back on Stage
Live stream performance available to view online until 8 November -

Sadler's Wells

Contrary to an earlier announcement that it would close until 2021, Sadler's Wells is now offering some live performances with socially distanced audiences. Booking from 15 October.
Check website for details:


Estonian National Ballet
Director: Linnar Looris

The new season opens with the world premiere of Marina Kessler's Anna Karenina on 1, 3 and 12 September and 2 October. This will be followed by Romeo and Juliet on 5, 9 and 23 September; Alice in Wonderland 9, 26 September, 4, 6 October & 1 November; A Streetcar Named Desire 8, 17 October; The Nutcracker 28 mat & eve November.


Finnish National Ballet
Director: Madeleine Onne
Anna-Marie Holmes's production of Le Corsaire 25, 26, 30 September & 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 14, 16 October.

Tero Saarinen Company
Director: Tero Saarinen

Saarinen's new creation Transit will premiere at the Malmö Opera in Sweden on 3 October 2020 and subsequently will tour as part of the company's repertoire from autumn 2021.
Third Practice with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra is rescheduled to 2 - 6 March 2021 at the Finnish National Opera.
Residency possibilities at the TSC studio - applications from autumn 2020.


Paris Opera
Director: Aurélie Dupont

Palais Garnier
Rudolf Nureyev Choreographies, including excerpts and pas de deux from The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Manfred, The Sleeping Beauty 2, 6, 8, 12, 15, 16, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30 October.
Etoiles de l'Opera - solos and duos, accompanied by pianists and a cellist, from Clair de lune, La Dame aux camélias, Trois Gnoissiennes, Herman Schmerman, Lamentation, The Dying Swan, A Suite of Dances 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 19, 20, 23, 27, 29 October.
Chorégraphies Contemporains - new works by Tess Voelker, Damien Jalet, Mehdi Kerkouche, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 November.

Opera Bastille
La Bayadère 4 December - 2 January.

Ballet du Capitole
Director: Kader Belarbi

The premiere of Toulouse-Lautrec choreographed by Kader Belarbu, which was originally scheduled to take place from May 23 to June 3, 2020 and which was postponed for the first time to November 2020, is again postponed to the 2021/2022 season. Performances on 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 November are therefore cancelled.


Staatsballett Berlin
Provisional Director: Dr. Christiane Theobald

Komische Oper Berlin
LAB_WORKS COVID_19 4, 22 October.

Theater Dortmund

Fordlandia with Lucia Lacarra and Matthew Golding 15 & 28 November

Semperoper Ballett Dresden
Director: Aaron S. Watkin 

Semper Essenz: We will dance! 1, 4, 16, 18, 25 October.
Peer Gynt - premiere ch: Johan Inger 27, 30 November; 1, 3, 8, 9 December.

Promotions: Aidan Gibson to first soloist; Julian Amir Lacey to first soloist; Gareth Haw to second soloist; Sklyer Maxy-Wert to second soloist; Anthony Bachelier to coryphée.
Joining: Sofiane Sylve (ballet master/principal dancer) from San Francisco Ballet; Marcelo Gomes (ballet master/principal dancer) from ABT; Carlo Di Lanno (principal dancer) from San Francisco Ballet; Anna Nevzorova (corps de ballet) from Bayerisches Staatsballett; Sydney Merrilees (corps de ballet) apprentice from Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden; Alderya Avci (scholarship corps de ballet) graduate from Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden.
Leaving: Gamal Gouda (principal ballet master); Michael Tucker (first soloist); Monica Tardáguila (corps de ballet); Lea Chen, Yubin Hwang, Sydney Merrilees, Katya Schloeman, Gleb Matveev, Antonio Russo (apprentices) and Soyun Park (guest intern corps de ballet).

Aalto Ballett Essen
Director: Ben Van Cauwenbergh

The Show Must Go On with excerpts from the company's repertoire 27 September; 4 October; 20, 22 November.
Eine Keine Tanzhommage - adapted version of Tanzhommage an Queen 1, 10 October; 13, 14 November.

Hamburg Ballet
Director: John Neumeier

The company will be touring John Neumeier's Ghost Light to the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden on 8, 9, 10, 11 October.
Back in Hamburg, Ballets for Piano and Voices, including Vaslav, A Portrait of Marilyn Miller, Nocturnes, At Midnight 18, 21, 22, 25 October.
Death in Venice 29 October; 3, 4 November.
Saint Matthew Passion 7, 8 November.
Ghost Light 10, 11, 13 November.

Kaiserslautern Pfalztheatertanz
Director: James Sutherland

WP Human, 8 words ch: James Sutherland, Huy Tien Tran 14 November

Ballett Kiel

Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray
7, 11, 14 November.

Bayerisches Staatsballett
Director: Igor Zelensky

The Munich company is planning to open the season as scheduled even if restrictions in place in September mean that there will be fewer dancers on stage and fewer people in the audience.
Programme: Swan Lake pr: Ray Barra 9, 11, 27, 30 October; 8, 15 February; 14, 16 March; 22 April.
Giselle pr: Peter Wright 2 October; 23, 24, 39 January; 25 April.
Paradigma: Sunyata ch: McGregor/Bedroom Folk ch: Eyal/With a Chance of Rain ch: Scarlett 3, 7, 11, 14, 21, 23 November.
Jewels ch: Balanchine 6/11(cancelled).
The Nutcracker ch: Neumeier 27/11; CP Cinderella ch: Wheeldon 20 /12; Spartacus ch: Grigorovich 1/03; Coppélia ch: Petit 19/03; WP The Blizzard ch: Andrey Kaydanovskiy 16/04; Romeo and Juliet ch: Cranko 29/05; Today is Tomorrow - new works by international choreographers 25/06.

Returning: Ksenia Ryzhkova and Jonah Cook return after a year away in Zurich; Nicholas Losada rejoins the corps de ballet.
Joining: Madison Young from the Vienna State Ballet as first soloist; Vladislav Kozlov from the San Francisco Ballet as soloist; Melissa Chapski and Rhiannon Fairless as corps de ballet.
Leaving: Ivy Amista - after 19 years with the company; Isabella Knights is joining the Vienna State Ballet; Dukin Seo is joining Ballett der Deutschen Oper am Rhein; Andrea Marino is joining the Royal Swedish Ballet; Ziyue Liu, Stanislava Aitova and Madeleine Pastor.

Ballett of the Gärtnerplatz Theater
Director: Karl Alfred Schreiner

Undine – a Dream Ballet ch: Karl Alfred Schreiner 27 October; 12, 14, 19, 20, 27 November.

Gauthier Dance
Director: Eric Gauthier

The world premiere of Marco Goecke's Do You Love Gershwin? will take place on 7 October in Theaterhaus Stuttgart – with more shows until 11 October as well as in November and December plus touring to: 20 October - Stadthalle am Schloss, Aschaffenburg; 23, 24 October - Tollhaus Karlsruhe; 20 November- Teatro Comunale Bolzano (Italy); 13, 14 November - TANZ Köln an den Bühnen Köln; 27, 28 November - Theater Gütersloh; 1 December - Graf-Zeppelin-Haus Friedrichshafen; 3 December - Burghof Lörrach. The season will also include world premieres: Out of the Big Box created by company members, Kevin O'Day and Eric Gauthier on 25 February and the world premiere of Swan Lakes by Marie Chouinard, Marco Goecke, Hofesh Shechter and Cayetano Soto on 24 June, opening the COLOURS International dance Festival 2021.

Stuttgart Ballet
Director: Tamas Detrich

Response I with new works by Fabio Adorisio, Roman Novitzky, Louis Stiens and further works from the repertory 17, 19, 25 October.
Response II with world premieres by Aurora De Mori, Alessandro Giaquinto, Vittoria Girelli, Shaked Heller and Agnes Su30 31 October; 1, 8, 14, 15 November.
Angels and Demons: Falling Angels and CP Petite Mort by Jirí Kylián 27 November; 4, 5, 6, 13, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 21 December.

Promotions: Diana Ionescu to soloist; Matteo Miccini to demi-soloist.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

The company will open the 2020/21 season with He takes her by the hand and leads her into the castle, the others follow at Wuppertal Opera House from 3 - 6 September. Advance tickets (a highly reduced quantity due to the distancing regulations) go on sale from Monday 10 August 2020 at 10:00.


Hungarian National Ballet
Director: Tamás Solymosi 

The Hungarian State Opera and Hungarian National Ballet will focus mostly on French culture, works and artists in the 2020/21 season.
Premieres: CP Cacti ch: Alexander; CP Don Juan ch: Thierry Malandain; NP Flames of Paris ch: Vasily Vainonen, production by Michael Messerer; WP Firebird ch: Marianna Venekei; Joyful! ch: Karina Sarkissova; Chroma ch: Wayne McGregor.
Repertoire: Laurencia; Swan Lake; The Nutcracker; A Streetcar Named Desire; Spartacus; Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (all full-length ballets); Bedroom Folk; 5 Tangos; Trois Gnossiennes; Episode 31; Petite mort; Six Dances; Sylvia Pas de Deux; Theme & Variations; The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Études (one-act ballets).


Theatre Closures - all theatres in Italy forced to close until 24 November.

Balletto di Teatro alla Scala
Manuel Legris is the new artistic director, succeeding Frédéric Olivieri. La Scala opened in July for concert performances with socially distanced audiences.

Ballet Galas with socially distanced audiences will take place on 23, 24 & 26 September and 2 October featuring Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle, and guest artists Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli. 
Giselle 29 October - 11 November.


Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo
Director: Jean-Christophe Maillot

Altro Canto 1/Vers un Pays Sage 15 - 17/10; Dov'é La Luna/WP Opus 60 (creation) 11 - 13/12; Cinderella 18 - 19/12; Romeo and Juliet 23 - 26/12; Lac 30/12 - 3/01.
Plus extensive overseas touring, depending on travel restrictions.


Dutch National Ballet
Director: Ted Brandsen

Back to Ballet – the classic edition 13 October - 11 November
Excerpts from Le Corsaire, Swan Lake and Paquita.
Back to Ballet - the contemporary edition 21 October - 15 November
Including the world premiere of MANOEUVRE, a brand new ballet by Young Creative Associate Juanjo Arqués, and Pas/Parts 2018 by William Forsythe.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31 December; 1, 2 January.

Joining: Jakob Feyferlik as a principal dancer.


Royal New Zealand Ballet

Director: Patricia Barker

The Sleeping Beauty 29 October - 12 December.


Norwegian National Ballet
Director: Ingrid Lorentzen

The season will open with an outdoor performance at Linderud Manor with excerpts from Giselle and La Sylphide and new works by  Anäis Touret and Kaloyan Boyadjiev from 22 - 29 August. Chamber Dance, featuring new ballets by Whitney Jensen, Simone Grøtte and Samantha Lynch to the live music of Bach, Berio, Bartók and Adès, will run from 19 - 21 August, and Alan Lucien Øyen's The Hamlet Complex Redux, an adapted version of the original work, will be presented from 4 - 12 September. The rest of the season will be announced in due course.


Polish National Ballet
Director: Krzysztof Pastor

The Lady of the Camellias ch: Neumeier 25, 27, 28, 29, 30 October.
The Sleeping Beauty 19, 20, 21, 24, 25 November.


Bolshoi Ballet
Director: Makhar Vaziev

Performances take place on either Old or New Stage.
The Sleeping Beauty 1, 2, 3, 4 October.
Artifact Suite/Petrushka 7, 8 October.
The Flames of Paris 10, 11, October.
Anna Karenina 14, 15 October.
Don Quixote 17, 18 October.
A Hero of our Time 24, 25 October.
Ivan The Terrible 27, 28 October.
La Fille du Pharaon 30, 31 October.

Stanislavsky Ballet 
Director: Laurent Hilaire

Mariinsky Ballet

Director: Yuri Fateyev

Performances take place in Mariinsky Theatre or Mariinsky II.
Paquita 2, 3 October.
The Little Humpbacked Horse 4 October.
A Midsummer Night's Dream 7, 10, 11 October.
Les Noces/Le Sacre du printemps 9 October.
Marguerite and Armand/In the Night/Symphony in C 13 October.
Pulcinella/Jeu de cartes 14 October.
Romeo and Juliet 15 October.
Schéhérazade/Le Sacre du printemps 16 October.
Swan Lake 18 October; 24 November.
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai 30 October; 10 November
Cinderella 1 November.
Don Quixote 4 November.
Daphnis et Chloé 6 November.
La Bayadère 8 November.
The Four Seasons 8 November.
Giselle 15 November.
Le Parc 17, 18 November.
An Evening of Contemporary Choreography 18 November.
The Stone Flower 20, 21, 22 November.
The Firebird/Le Spectre de la Rose/The Swan/Schéhérazade 29 November.
The Bronze Horseman 3,4, 5 December.

Mikhailovsky Ballet
Director: Nacho Duato

Coppélia 2, 3 October; 4, 5 November.
La Bayadère 7 October; 11, 12 November.
Cinderella 9, 10 October; 7, 8 November.
Don Quixote 11 October.
The Sleeping Beauty 14, 15, 16 October.
La Fille mal gardée 18 October.
Spartacus 21, 22, 23 October; 25, 26, 27 November.
Giselle 24 October; 14 November.
Romeo and Juliet 27 October.
Cipollino 1 November.
Le Corsaire 15 November.
Swan Lake 18, 19 November.
La Sylphide 21 November.
Flames of Paris 22 November.
Laurencia 28 November.

Novosibirsk Ballet
Director: Denis Matvienko
Don Quixote with Natalis Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev 15 October; Romeo and Juliet 16 October; Giselle 17 October; Peer Gynt 22 October; Jewels 23, 34 October; The Sleeping Beauty 27, 28 October; Cinderella 30, 31 October.

Perm Ballet
Anton Pimonov has succeeded Alexei Miroshnichenko as the new director


Scottish Ballet
Director: Christopher Hampson
The Nutcracker is scheduled to run from 5 December - 13 February


Ljubljana Ballet
Director: Petar Đorčevski

Le Corsaire pr: Martínez 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 October.


Compañía Antonio Gades

22, 23, 24 October
Teatro Real Madrid


Royal Swedish Ballet
Director: Nicolas Le Riche

The company plans to open the season with Les Ballets Suédois 100 years, comprising Skating Rink, La Boîte à Joujoux and Scenes from Midsummer Night's Dream 4 - 25 September; Shift/Cacti 14 October - 19 January; Suite en Blanc/Carmen 28 October - 11 November; Hjálmarsdóttir /Brown/ Naharin 19 February - 19 March; Escapist 31 March - 22 April; Station Illusion 24 April - 30 May; Cinderella 21 May - 12 June.


Béjart Ballet Lausanne
Director: Gil Roman

The company was scheduled to open the season with a tour to Japan in September but this has now been cancelled. In Lausanne, Béjart Ballet meets Pierre Henry 27 - 29 November, and the new dates for The Ninth Symphony at Vaudoise Arena are 23 - 27 June 2021.

Ballett Zürich
Director: Christian Spuck

The company will open the season with the world premiere of Spuck's Sleeping Beauty on 10 October - 26 December; Anna Karenina 15 November - 12 December; Balcão de Amor 16 January - 5 February; Winterreise 13 February - 17 April; Impulse 24 February - 9 April; The Sleeping Beauty 11 - 28 March; Walking Mad 1 May - 16 June; Forsythe 30 May - 18 June.


New York City Ballet
Director: Jonathan Stafford
Currently offering online fundraiser programmes

San Francisco Ballet
Director: Helgi Tomasson


Ballet Cymru
Director: Darius James