Monthly Calendar: October 2017

After more than a month absent (you can read The reason for my absence for more details), let’s get updated with the major companies again.

September was a great month for companies’ opening nights and performances. I am very sad I missed the September Monthly Calendar. However, I will make sure you get October covered.

I am particularly very excited for this month because we are going to be able to watch one of my favorite events: World Ballet Day!! Yes, companies will unite once again to share their routines day with us. As always, I am looking forward to this 24-hour non-sleep event.

This is what the big companies have for us in for October:

American Ballet Theatre. New York City, NY

ABT has us covered with different galas at the David Koch Theater, including some world premieres! Make sure to check their calendar here to check the exact ballets they are dancing each day, the times and the different casts.

These are all the programs ABT has to offer, from October 18th to the 29th:

  • Lang World Premiere with ABT Apprentices, Ratmansky World Premiere, Thirteen Diversions, Her Notes, Symphonic Variations, Other Dances, Serenade After Plato’s Symposium, Elegy Pas de Deux, Souvenir d-un lieu cher, Milliped World Premiere and Daphnis and Chloe.


New York City Ballet. New York City, NY

As always, NYCB is full of performances. As they recently had their rounds of Swan Lake and their famous Fall Gala, they are prepared to present us with their best programs. Make sure to also check this link to find the exact dates and casts.

  • Their last Swan Lake, by Peter Martins, will be TODAY, October 1st at 3pm.
  • The other programs include: Here/Now (Liturgy, Polyphonia, Odessa and The Times are Racing), 21st Century Choreography (The Chairman Dances, The Wind Still Brings [Schumacher], Composer’s Holiday [Reisen], Not Our Fate [Lauren Lovette], Pulcinella Variations [Justin Peck]), All Balanchine (Square Dance, La Valse, Cortège Hongrois) and 20th Century Violin Concertos (The Red Violin, In Memory Of… and Stravinsky Violin Concerto).
  • They will have no performances from October 16th to the 31st.


San Francisco Ballet. San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Ballet does not have any performances for October. However, as you know, they are part of World Ballet Day.


Pacific Northwest Ballet. Seattle, WA

PNB is finishing a fantastic round of Jewels performances. Their last performance will be TODAY, October 1st. This is what they have for us for the rest of the month, which are instructive events:

  • Her Story – Friday Preview: October 27th
  • Ballet Basics Part 1: Terminology & Solo Coaching: October 28th

Click here for more details on tickets.


Houston Ballet. Houston, TX

Unfortunately, after Hurricane Harvey, Houston Ballet had to postpone and change some locations for their season performances. Let’s all support Houston Ballet by attending their performances! They have been very strong through this process.

Here is what they have for October:

  • Poetry in Motion (RE-SCHEDULED FOR THE HOBBY CENTER [SAROFIM HALL]): Symphony in C, Carousel and Powder Description. October 26th and 27th.

Click here for details on times, tickets and for more information on how to help Houston Ballet after Harvey (HB Strong).


Miami City Ballet. Miami, FL

Hurricane Irma passed strongly over Miami, and they were fortunate to not have the same situation that Houston Ballet. Miami City Ballet continues with their planned season!

  • Program One: Jewels; October 20th, 21st, and 22nd at the Adrienne Arsht Center and on October 28th and 29th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Click here for Jewels’ tickets and times.


The National Ballet of Canada. Toronto, Canada.

National Ballet of Canada is one of the five main companies that will be featured in World Ballet Day. They will not be dancing in Canada in October as they will have been on tour in France, presenting Nijinsky, a spectacular ballet by John Neumeierand.  Some dancers will also go to London to dance alongside the Royal Ballet (See Royal Ballet’s calendar for details on this performance).  Here is what they will have, but check this link for more details.

  • TOUR in Paris – Nijinsky: October 3rd to the 8th at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.


The Royal Ballet. London, England.

The Royal Ballet kicked off their season with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the fabulous ballet by Christopher Wheeldon. They are continuing this October, so make sure you don’t miss it. Also, The Royal Opera House will be hosting a national festival honoring Sir Kenneth MacMillan (more details at the end of the post). Make sure to tune in for their feature in World Ballet Day!

Make sure to check this link for tickets and casting. Many of these performances are sold out!

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: October 2nd, 4th, 14th, 21st, 23rd, and 28th.
  • The Dreamers Ever Leave You (featuring dancers from The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada):  October 12th and 13th.


English National Ballet. London, England

ENB comes back with Akram Khan’s masterpiece of Giselle, this time touring to Liverpool. Tamara Rojo’s company will also be at Manchester and close to Bedford, presenting two great ballets. Also, they going to be part of the Kenneth MacMillan’s National Celebration at the Royal Opera House.

  • Akram Khan’s Giselle at the Liverpool Empire: October 25th to the 28th
  • Song of the Earth/La Sylphide: October 11th to the 14th at the Palace Theatre, Manchester and on October 17th to the 21st at the Milton Keynes Theatre

Click here for more details on their performances.


Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham, England

BRB is presenting a very interesting ballet: Aladdin, choreographed by David Bintley and music by Carl Davis (they will also include a version for children!). And as a major UK company, they will for sure be part of the MacMillan celebration.

  • Aladdin: October 3rd to the 7th at the Birmingham Hippodrome
  • First Steps: A child’s Aladdin: October 6th at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Click on this link for more details on performance times and tickets.


Het National Ballet (Dutch National Ballet). Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Het National has a very interesting ballet for us in October, and it is called Mata Hari. Choreographed by their Artistic Director Ted Brandsen, it shows the story of the famous Dutch spy and dancer. The dates are as follows:

  • Mata Hari: October 10th to the 30th.

Click here to read more about the ballet, exact dates and times.


Paris Opera Ballet. Paris, France.

The Paris Opera brings us so many interesting and beautiful productions every year, just as the Palais Garnier itself! In October, they will present the Joyaux (Jewels!) as well as more Balanchine and Saburo Teshigawara’s choreographies, and The Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch. Here are the dates they have for us in October:

  • Joyaux: October 2nd to the 12th
  • Balanchine/Teshigawara/BauschAgon, Grand Miroir, and Le Sacre du Printemps: October 24th to the 31st.

Make sure to check their calendar here, as many of these performances are sold out.


Staatsballett Berlin. Berlin, Germany

We are all happy for the recent news about Daniil Simkin joining Staatsballett Berlin as the newest principal! However, that will not be until 2018. You still have some exciting productions to watch if you are in Berlin, as well as some workshops and lectures for the audience. Here they are:

  • Duato/Shechter (Choreographies by Nacho Duato and Hofesh Shechter): October 2nd, 6th, and 13th
  • The Sleeping Beauty by Nacho Duato: October 3rd, 9th, 10th, and 15th.
  • Workshop Tanztanz: October 22nd
  • Ballet University: October 24th.

Click on this link for more details on tickets and times.


The Bolshoi Ballet. Moscow, Russia.

We are very thrilled for Bolshoi to re-launch their ballet Nureyev after the unexpected cancellation in July. While we wait for that, we have some incredible productions coming for October. Make sure to also tune in for their feature in World Ballet Day!

  • Carmen Suite, Études: October 1st and 2nd.
  • DanceInversion – International Contemporary Dance Festival: October 4th, 5th, 10th, and 11th.
  • La Bayadére: October 7th, 8th, and 10th.
  • Le Corsaire: October 18th to the 22nd.
  • The Bright Stream (A Comic Ballet): October 28th and 29th. 10/28 and 29.

If you don’t have your ticket already, make sure to get them soon here. Most of the performances are sold out.


Mariinsky Theatre. St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Mariinsky is presenting us with a lot of different productions. As always, they bring us the most classical ballets as well as their Russian traditional ballets. Some of these performances are presented on the main stage while some are on Mariinsky Theatre II. Click on this link for their October calendar and information about tickets. Here is what they have for us:

  • Paquita: October 1st.
  • Yaroslavna: October 3rd and 9th
  • Le Parc: October 4th and 5th
  • Raymonda: October 6th and 7th
  • The Four Seasons: October 7th and 13th.
  • The Firebird: October 8th and 14th
  • Les Noces, The Firebird (Stravinsky night): October 8th and 14th.
  • La Sylphide: October 11th, 25th, and 27th.
  • Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse): October 15th.
  • The Fountain of Bakhchisarai: October 19th and 20th.
  • Giselle: October 21st and 22nd.
  • Kratt (Estonian National Opera): October 23rd.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: October 26th
  • The Legend of Love: October 28th and 29th.


The Australian Ballet. Melbourne, Australia

The artistic director David McAllister presented us with Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the whole month of September. As always, they will be the first ones to be featured in World Ballet Day. This is what they have for October:

  • Adelaide Gala Spectacular: October 27th and 28th at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.


Festivals and Celebrations around the world

  1. World Ballet Day

These are the exact times the live streams are going to go for each company. Remember that other companies will be featured with pre-recorded clips at the times the five major ones are shown. Make sure to don’t miss anything!

These times are at Eastern United States (EST – New York time), Central European Time (CET) and Pacific Daylight Time (PDT – California time). 

*The Australian Ballet:

  • October 4th at 9pm (EST)
  • October 4th at 6pm (PDT)
  • October 5th at 2am (CET).

*The Bolshoi Ballet:

  • October 5th at 2am (EST)
  • October 4th at 11pm (PDT)
  • October 5th at 7am (CET)

*The Royal Ballet:

  • October 5th at 7am (EST)
  • October 5th at 4am (PDT)
  • October 5th at 12pm (CET)

*The National Ballet of Canada:

  • October 5th at 12pm (EST)
  • October 5th at 9am (PDT)
  • October 5th at 5pm (CET)

*San Francisco Ballet: 

  • October 5th at 2pm (EST)
  • October 5th at 11am (EST)
  • October 7th at 7pm (CET)

CLick on this link for more information!


2. Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration

Six UK companies, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet and Yorke Dance Project will come together to celebrate Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s legacy 25 years after his death. The program will include some of his most celebrated choreographies as well as some insights of his life. This celebration will be held at the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, London, from October 18th to October 27th. These are the ballets that will be presented:

  • Jeux: October 18th, 19th, and 24th.
  • Concerto / Le Baiser de la fée / Elite Syncopations: October 18th and 19th.
  • The Judas Tree / Song of the Earth: October 24th and November 1st.
  • Sea of Troubles: October 26th, 27th, and November 1st.
  • Gloria / The Judas Tree / Elite Syncopations [Final programme]: October 26th and 27th.

Check this link for more information.


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