An ever-expanding list of dance available through streaming.

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The Ailey Spirit Gala will take place on June 11 at 7:30. It will include virtual performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, AileyCamp and other guests. You can register here:


Dance Theater of Harlem is broadcasting its historic production, Creole Giselle, on its YouTube page. The star of this important staging, in which the action has been moved from the Alps to a community of free blacks in the Louisiana of the 1840’s, is the elegant Virginia Johnson. The idea was Arthur Mitchell’s, and the staging was by Frederick Franklin. The production, which dates from 1984, hasn’t been seen in decades. Wouldn’t it be great if DTH could stage it again?

DTH will also be streaming:


Saturday 20 June: Return, by DHT resident choreographer Robert Garland, his homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Saturday 27 June: Balamouk, choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. This is a colourful and vibrant piece of dancing, infused with the spirit of magic realism, and set to kletzmer music, a traditional genre of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe

Saturday 11 July: Fifty Years of Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Guggenheim. This is a celebratory mixed bill, including works by Arthur Mitchell and Robert Garland

Saturday 18 July: Coming Together, by the Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, an intense work set to a driving score by Frederic Rzewski, overlaid with phrases from a letter by a man killed during the Attica prison riot.

Saturday 25 July: Dougla, choreographed by Geoffrey Holder

❤️❤️❤️La Fille Mal Gardée, with Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta, will be streamed from the Royal Ballet. Absolutely not to be missed. ❤️❤️❤️



The choreographer Alonzo King has created the first of five dance videos with dancers from his company LINES, entitled, There is No Standing Still. You can see it here:

Alonzo King: “There is No Standing Still”


The Works & Process series is commissioning short dance videos from a wide spectrum of dancemakers. So far, I’ve been impressed by Jamar Roberts’ Cooped, Dance Heginbotham’s Caprices, and Caleb Teicher’s Thank You Central Park. More are coming online all the time.


Miami City Ballet is kicking off a new series of online offerings, starting with its new Firebird, on May 29 at 8pm. After that, it’s Justin Peck’s Heatscape on June 12, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs on June 26, and Symphonic Dances on July 10.

So it is also on your radar, the next dance Metropolitan Museum digital premiere will be Nrityagram: Samhāra Revisited on Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, in collaboration with The Chitrasena Dance Company, performed Samhāra Revisited at The Temple of Dendur in October 2018.


The Castleton Festival is streaming Derrick Wang’s new opera Scalia / Ginsburg


The Royal Danish Ballet is broadcasting Petipa’s Raymonda and John Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet.

The Metropolitan Opera is offering nightly opera streams.

The Royal Ballet is streaming Cathy Marston’s The Cellist May 24-Oct. 8



The Merce Cunningham Trust is launching a very exciting online initiative, offering streams of Cunningham dances performed around the world during the Cunningham centennial last year. These include the spine-tingling Sounddance performed by the Ballet de Lorraine (May 4-31), Tread performed by the Stephen Petronio Company (May 18-June 14), Scramble performed by NYTB/Chamber Works (June 22-July 19), Beach Birds performed by CNDC (July 13-August 19) and Summerspace performed by Lyon Opera Ballet (Jul 20-August 16).



St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater  is broadcasting opera and ballet. Coming up: Giselle and Ratmansky’s Little Humpbacked Horse.

The Joyce Theater  has begun transmitting works by companies who have performed there in the past or should be performing there now.  Malpaso Dance, an up-and-coming Cuban company, is currently on tap, and May 25-28 it will feature the Tap Family Reunion. Then after that, the two films by the Danish director Signe Roderik will be shown on May 29-June 1 and June 1-4. The first focuses on the art of balletic mime, a Danish specialty. And the second, When I Dance, is an extremely moving portrait of two students at the Royal Danish Ballet school.


The Paris Opéra has a large online offering, including Boris Godunov, directed by Ivo Van Hove and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski (with Ildar Abdrazakov as Boris) May 25-31. And La Bohème, directed by Claus Guth, June 8-14. Some of these broadcasts can only be seen in France, unless you have a VPN.


On June 11-14, Stuttgart Ballet will broadcast John Cranko’s Concerto for Flute and Harp


On Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm, the Martha Graham Dance Company will be broadcasting archival footage on its YouTube channel. May 5-9 will be devoted to Graham’s Chronicle, with a program that includes archival footage and a full performance from last August. May 13-16 is features Herodiade. May 20-27 is devoted to Letter to the World. June 3-6: Primitive Mysteries, and June 19-20: Clytemnestra.

Trisha Brown Dance Company has posted Brown’s uber-80’s-uber-cool 1983 work Set and Reset

This week, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is streaming a rare filming of Paul Taylor’s 1966 work From Sea to Shining Sea, filmed in 2014, on thd occasion of the company’s 60th anniversary.

The company is also streaming a behind-the-scenes video of Taylor alumni gathering to discuss and rehearse the work

“Dancemaker,” an excellent documentary on Paul Taylor, is also available

Dancemaker (1998)

Ballet Hispanico is hosting watch parties around various pieces from its repertory

On Wednesday April 29, Ballet Hispanico will hold a Facebook Watch Party of Tiburones by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

The Baryshnikov Arts Center is now streaming performances from its archives, including the powerful flamenco dancer Rocío Molina’s 2014 appearance with the singer Rosario “La Tremendita”

The excellent Perm Opera and Ballet is broadcasting concerts, opera, and ballet, including  Jerome Robbins’ The Seasons and Le Corsaire and La Sylphide.

Lincoln Center is offering a whole slew of performances, including chamber music, an evening of flamenco with Soledad Barrio, and Copland’s Appalachian spring

NYTB, formerly known as New York Theatre Ballet, is streaming works from its repertory, including Merce Cunningham’s Scramble:

For more, go to the company’s Vimeo page:

Performances from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia are here:

More dance, from The Dance Center at Columbia College in Chicago

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is offering several of its concerts online, including a 1967 concert of excerpts of the Götterdämmerung (more Wagner!) here:

The Teatro La Fenice is broadcasting productions on its YouTube channel. Right now, they have Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso and Rossini’s Semiramide, among other things on there.

The Teatro Regio in Turin is broadcasting operas on its YouTube channel, including Carmen, Nabucco, and Un Italiana in Algeri

Ballet Flanders is streaming Benjamin Millepied’s Bach Studies (haven’t seen it, can’t vouch for it):

The Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo (wonderful dancers) is streaming its shows

New York Live Arts is streaming works by Bill T. Jones and others on its YouTube page

The Teatro Regio di Parma is streaming its Verdi Festival. April 1, Macbeth, with its excellent demonstration of hand-washing.


The Dutch National Opera and Ballet have set up an online portal on which they are currently streaming Coppelia and a Hans van Manen evening.

Béjart Ballet Lausanne is streaming Béjart’s Magic Flute and other ballets

Teatro Comunale di Bologna is streaming both opera and ballet on its YouTube channel. March 29: Swan Lake:

The Teatro Massimo in Palermo offers opera via this link:

The Teatro San Carlo in Naples offers both opera and ballet through its Facebook page:

Only available in Europe:

Dance Films

Alla Kovgan’s stunning “Cunningham” film is now available for streaming


Ballet Classes with Sam Black of Mark Morris Dance Group

Tiler Peck of New York City Ballet offers a daily class at 1pm EST on Instagram


Streaming ballet classes from Ballet Academy East (the studio in NY I normally go to)

Ballet classes with Tamara Rojo of English National Ballet:


Companies or groups I’m less or not at all familiar with:

Michelle Brangwen Dance Ensemble








The Season Rolls On…

Ratmansky’s “Odessa” is back at NYCB for just a few performances. I wasn’t allowed to review it last season because I’d watched a couple of rehearsals (company policy). So I was glad to revisit the ballet—which caused some controversy—and get to think about it again.

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz, Odessa. Photo by Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet held a gala evening with premieres of dances by young choreogarphers. I particularly enjoyed Justin Peck’s new “Pulcinella Variations,” his first stab at a real “classical” ballet. My review is here.

Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

I got to watch Julio Bocca and Alessandra as they coached a group of students of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school in a scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet,” a ballet they danced together countless times. I wrote about it for the New Yorker Culture Blog.

Teen-age dance students at a ballet workshop led by the former stars Julio Bocca and Alessandra Ferri, in New York City.


‘Tis the Season

Dance season arrived last week with a vengeance. Suddenly there is just too much to see, too much to choose from! Here are a few of the things I’ve caught around town:

  1. Twyla Tharp at the Joyce
Sara Rudner and Rose Marie Wright in The Raggedy Dances at ANTA Theatre (1972). © William Pierce



Here’s my review.

2.Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Salva Sanchis’s “A Love Supreme,” at New York Live Arts

Rosas in A Love Supreme. Photo by Maria Baranova.

Here’s my review.

3. The New York City Ballet fall gala, with works by Troy Schumacher, Gianna Reisen, Lauren Lovette and Justin Peck

Indiana Woodward in Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Here’s my review. 

This is a portrait of Breanna O’Mara (by Claudia Kempf) of Breanna O’Mara, part of a new generation of dancers who are beginning to fill the ranks at Tantzheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. A full 15 of the 36 dancer joined after Pina’s death. This week, the company is coming to BAM to perform Café Müller and The Rite of Spring. (O’Mara will dance Pina’s role in Café Müller 9/19-20.) For the Times, I spoke with O’Mara, the legendary Nazareth Panadero, and Tsai-Chin Yu about what it’s like to dance these works after Pina.

See link here.

Bring on the fall season

Some things to look forward to (on the dance front) this fall:

In the eight years since Pina Bausch’s sudden death, her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, has soldiered on, performing her emotionally strenuous dance-theatre works. At bam (Sept. 14-24), the troupe presents two scorchers, “Café Müller” and “The Rite of Spring,” both made in the seventies, before a hint of gentleness began to creep into Bausch’s world view. The first is set in a chair-strewn room, where nightmarish personal dramas play out to the music of Purcell. The other takes place on a dirt-covered stage, a sombre setting for a hair-raising ritual of immolation.

A redemption of sorts can be found in “A Love Supreme” (New York Live Arts, Sept. 27-30), Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s collaboration with Salva Sanchis, a former member of De Keersmaeker’s company, Rosas. With a mix of choreographed movement and improvisation, Sanchis and De Keersmaeker have conjured a physical counterpart to John Coltrane’s famous 1964 album. It is danced by four men, each of whom closely scans a musical line played by a different member of Coltrane’s legendary quartet.

Alexei Ratmansky’s affinity for the music of the contemporary Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov has produced some of his most original ballets, including “Russian Seasons” and “Old Women Falling Out.” His newest work for American Ballet Theatre (the season runs Oct. 18-29, at the David H. Koch) premières on Oct. 18, with a score by the same composer, “Bukovinian Songs,” a suite for solo piano based on Ukrainian folk tunes. Ratmansky’s other recent Desyatnikov ballet, “Odessa,” will be part of New York City Ballet’s fall season (Sept. 19-Oct. 15, at the David H. Koch).

Ask any dancer her favorite dance film, and she’s likely to name the 1948 surrealist melodrama “The Red Shoes,” about a ballerina (played by Moira Shearer) driven to self-destruction by her love of dance. Who better to adapt this gory tale for the stage than the British choreographer Matthew Bourne, who brought us a danced version of “Edward Scissorhands”? At City Center (Oct. 26-Nov. 5), the role of the aristocratic, tenderhearted, and obsessive heroine will be performed alternately by Ashley Shaw, of Bourne’s London-based company New Adventures, and N.Y.C.B.’s own drama queen Sara Mearns.

An impossible love story drawn from Persian myth lies at the heart of “Layla and Majnun,” a 1908 opera by the Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli. In Mark Morris’s version (in the White Light Festival, at the Rose Theatre, Oct. 26-29), the singers and players—members of the Silk Road Ensemble—sit in the center of a tiered stage, as, all around them, dancers from the Mark Morris Dance Group reënact the story of the star-crossed lovers.

In Memoriam: Trisha Brown

Last week a memorial for Trisha Brown was held at the Whitney. It was a touching event; there were not many dry eyes in the house. There were funny, and moving speeches by Laurie Anderson, Steve Paxton, Brown’s son, Adam, and others. Five dancers performed Spanish Dance, with tears in their eyes. After it ended, a screen rose, revealing the glow of the setting sun over the Hudson.
I put together some thoughts on the event for the New Yorker.

The choreographer in her prime