Programming update announced for the Linbury Theatre, The Royal Ballet’s International stage for dance

10 Dec 2019

Image credit: Brian Slater

The Royal Ballet has announced an updated repertory for the Linbury Theatre’s 2019/20 Season. The updates include work from Scottish Ballet, making their first visit to the Linbury Theatre, and details of Heritage and International Draft Works are confirmed. Additionally, the Young Talent Festival returns, retitled this year to The Royal Ballet presents: Next Generation Festival.

In March and April 2020, Scottish Ballet premiere a contemporary double bill of work which tests the power and versatility of dancers’ bodies. This Is my Body includes MC 14/22, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj and Sibilio, choreographed by Sophie Laplane, Scottish Ballet’s Choreographer in Residence. MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) draws inspiration from St. Mark’s version of The Last Supper in the Bible, and is created for twelve male dancers with soundscapes by Tedd Zahmal. Sibilio is a surreal work featuring eight dancers, with a soundtrack created by Scottish electronic DJ and music producer Alex Menzies.

Heritage, presented in May 2020 celebrates the choreographic creativity of  Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. The celebrations brings together a number of UK dance companies: The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Yorke Dance Project. Birmingham Royal Ballet perform Ashton’s Dante Sonata, The Royal Ballet perform Valses nobles et sentimentales by Ashton and solos from Job by de Valois, and Yorke Dance Project return to the Royal Opera House to perform MacMillan’s Sea of Troubles, inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The programme will also feature two Insights, screenings of archive films restored by Lynne Wake, and performances by the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation programme, Chance to Dance.

International Draft Works returns to the Linbury Theatre in March 2020, with emerging choreographers from companies including The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Dutch National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and American Ballet Theatre Studio Company presenting work. An important facet of The Royal Ballet’s commitment to nurturing new choreographic talent, International Draft Works brings together artists from around the globe at the forefront of dance development in the intimate setting of the Linbury Theatre.

Following last year’s Young Talent Festival, The Royal Ballet welcomes an array of talent from foremost junior companies and dance schools in The Royal Ballet presents: Next Generation Festival, showcasing a wealth of emerging artists, creatives and choreographers. Participants this year include Queensland Ballet Jette Parker Young Artists, The Royal Ballet School, Rambert School, ZooNation Youth Company, New English Ballet Theatre, Rambert2 and Bundesjugendballett (German National Youth Ballet). Next Generation will also include the culmination of the Young Creatives programme, led by One Dance UK.

Listings Information:

International Draft Works
Thursday 19, Friday 20, Saturday 21 March at 7.45pm
Saturday 21 March at 2.45pm

This Is My Body (Scottish Ballet)
Tuesday 31 March, Wednesday 1, Thursday 2, Friday 3 April at 7.45pm
Linbury Theatre
Please note that MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) features sex, violence, and sexual violence. Recommended for ages 12+

Thursday 14, Friday 15, Monday 18, Tuesday 19 May at 7.45pm
The programme also includes
11 May Insight: Heritage Matters?
16 May Insight: Reconstructing Heritage followed by film screenings
Chance to Dance 17 May at 3.30pm and 6pm
Linbury Theatre

The Royal Ballet Presents: Next Generation Festival
Monday 15 June – Saturday 4 July
Linbury Theatre, Paul Hamlyn Hall and Clore Studio

Ticketing queries should be direct to the Box Office +44(0)20 7304 4000