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Monday, January 28, 2013

June ballet trip to London: 8 days, 4 companies, 5 performances

I am currently working on a June ballet trip to England. Here is the draft itinerary. If you are interested or want further information, please email me:

Wednesday June 5

Arrive London. Check in to hotel within walking distance of the Royal Opera House.

Thursday June 6

Day trip by private coach. Visit to White Lodge, home of the Royal Ballet Lower School. Visit to Hampton Court Palace. Evening: Dinner followed by performance of Ballet Black: mixed bill of premieres including work from Javier De Frutos, Robert Binet, Ludovic Ondiviela, and a new story ballet by Christopher Marney. Ballet Black is this year's recipient of the Dance Critics' Circle Best Independent Company National Dance Award. Return directly to hotel (1 hour).

Friday June 7

Day trip by private coach to Birmingham. Visit to Elmhurst School for Dance (feeder school for Birmingham Royal Ballet) to be confirmed. Dinner, then performance of

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppelia
(This is the most beautiful production of Coppelia I have ever seen, one of those productions that make you say, "Ah, classical ballet... is there anything better??"))

Return by private coach directly from theatre to hotel.

Saturday June 8

Day at leisure. Evening: Dinner, then performance of Royal Ballet Raven Girl (new story ballet by Wayne McGregor); Symphony in C (Balanchine)

Sunday June 9

Day at leisure.

If you wish, you can take the train (2 ½ hours, approx. 45 pounds) to Leeds for a matinee performance of Northern Ballet mixed program: Concertante (van Manen), Angels in the Architecture (Godden), new work by Kenneth Tindall.

Monday June 10

Day at leisure. Evening: Royal Ballet Mayerling
Kenneth MacMillan's masterful telling of the harrowing tale of Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary, a dream role for all male dancers, involving NINE pas de deux.

Tuesday June 11

Day at leisure. Optional day trip to Oxford (1 ½ hours by coach) with walking tour of the colleges.

Wednesday June 12

Day at leisure. Evening: Dinner before English National Ballet  Swan Lake -in-the-round
ENB's production of Swan Lake is unique, taking place in the circular venue of the Royal Albert Hall, and features an enormous corps de ballet of 60 swans.

Thursday June 13
Check out of hotel and depart London.

In addition we would have a backstage  tour of the Royal Opera House, (which usually includes watching some of the Royal Ballet' s daily class or rehearsal) 

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