Dance performances

8 virtual dance shows to watch in May

As we move forward into May, the world of ballet presents another lineup of exciting digital performances. We’ve rounded up some of the season finales, collabs, and specials coming this month. Check them out below!

National Ballet of Canada

Harrison James and Ben Rudisin in Jera Wolfe Soul.

Courtesy of BNC

This month, The National Ballet of Canada presents its New Voices digital program, featuring three world premieres commissioned by Canadian choreographers Jera Wolfe, Alysa Pires and Kevin A. Ormsby.

Wolfe’s Soul, with music by Max Richter, explores the theme of relationships. In this one, Guillaume Côté, first soloist of the NBoC, and Tanya Howard, first soloist, dance a pas de deux, while Harrison James, first soloist, and Ben Rudisin, first soloist, dance another; the two are then superimposed on the film. worst in a state of disappearance, a solo danced by Piotr Stanczyk, focuses on self, loss and memory, and is set to Bach’s opening adagio Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, performed by NBoC concertmaster Aaron Schwebel. Ormsby’s work, TrasePa, features the music of Haitian-born composer David Bontemps and reflects on the ancestry and stories that dancers bring to their work.

New Voices is available for free on NboC Youtube channel and will remain permanently online.

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet just released Las Estrellas, a new piece featuring the company’s leading women and choreographed by lead dancer Kyle Davis. Angelica Generosa, Leta Biasucci, Laura Tisserand, Noelani Pantastico and Lesley Rausch perform in a string of solos tailored to each of their skills, to music by Pablo de Sarasate Carmen Fantasy. With costumes by lead dancer Elizabeth Murphy and lighting by Reed Nakayama, Las Estrellas emphasizes collaboration throughout the choreographic and production processes.

The film is now available online for free on PNB’s website and Youtube channel in the foreseeable future.

The Kennedy Center

This month, the Kennedy Center hosts an exciting collaborative program featuring choreographer Alonzo King, New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia, and famous jazz musicians Jason Moran and Gregory Porter. Live from the Kennedy Center: An Evening of Jazz and Dance features two King premieres plus additional live music performances. The first book, fast arrow, is a pas de deux featuring Peck and Mejia, and set to Moran Refraction 9. The second piece is a solo work for Peck titled Child of Heaven and Earth danced at Porter The water.

The public can see the performance via the Kennedy Center and Alonzo King LINES Ballet websites until August 1. Kennedy Center Digital Stage subscribers can access the program for free, while other viewers can purchase access for $15.

boston ballet

Three women in black street clothes do an over-under with their right leg in front, leaning over their bent right arm while their left stretches high to the side.  They dance in front of the big windows of the station

Boston Ballet in John Lam moving parts

Bearwalk Productions, courtesy of Boston Ballet

The Boston Ballet concludes its digital season with Progress and Process, an hour-long collection of world premiere dance films. The program opens with Lex Ishimoto What happens if…, set to music by Kurtis Spring. Ishimoto, the Season 14 winner of “So You Think You Can Dance,” uses contemporary choreography in his piece to explore and push the boundaries of classical ballet. by Ken Ossola Enlarge was created remotely via Zoom, using Arvo Pärt’s Haunting Brothers to explore intimacy and human emotion. dutch choreographer Nanine Linning’s Theater The Human Voice, to music by Poulenc, addresses the themes of isolation and letting go. And Boston Ballet director John Lam completes the program with moving parts, a dance film made for the city of Boston and shot in two subway stations in the city.

Progress and Process premiered on May 13 and will be available until May 23. Tickets for a streaming link are available on Boston Ballet. website.

Tulsa Ballet

The Tulsa Ballet concludes its 2020-21 season with Celebration, a program featuring repertoire favorites and his first-ever work merging hip hop and ballet. In addition to in-person performances on May 13 and 16, the company will be livestreaming a special performance on Friday, May 14. The evening includes excerpts from Onegin, Don Quixote, by Derek Deane Strictly Gershwin, At Nacho Duato’s Na Floresta, by Edward Liang The age of innocence, Ma Cong’s blue flame and more. The company will also premiere while you were gone, a hip-hop work by the Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jennifer Weber, which celebrates the legend of the theater’s ghost light.

Tickets for the May 14 livestream are available through the Company Website. The event will air at 7 p.m. CDT and will not be accessible thereafter.

The Joyce Theater

Isabella Boylston does a low arabesque to the left on pointe and extends her left arm up while James Whiteside lunges to his right and holds his right hand.  He wears white biker shorts and she wears a leotard.

James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston in Alexei Ratmansky Neo

loulex, courtesy Joyce Theater

The Cindies
are back! This month, American Ballet Theater directors Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside come together on stage for a digital first performance of Neo, the new premiere of Alexei Ratmansky. Celebrating the joy of collaboration and friendship, Neo highlights the artistic force and famous partnership of the stars. The play was filmed by Nel Shelby Productions on stage at the Joyce Theater with live accompaniment by a Japanese musician Sumie Kaneko.

Access to Neo is free and runs from May 17 at 5 p.m. EDT through June 16 via The Joyce Theatre’s website. Viewers can also tune in to “Dancing Dialogues,” a virtual chat with Boylston and Whiteside hosted by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford, during the 30-day broadcast period.

Richmond Ballet

Richmond Ballet concludes the season with its May Studio Series, a studio performance available to the public live and online. The program’s overture, in its company debut, is the world premiere of a kind of peace, by the former dancer of Ailey II Levi Marsman. Marsman draws inspiration from the social justice movements of the past year, focusing on themes of connectedness and hope for the future. Also on the program, Carmen de Lavallade Sweet and bitter love, a moving pas de deux featuring the voices of renowned singers Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, as well as George Balanchine We do not care?

the May Studio Series premieres online at 6:30 p.m. EDT on May 23 and will be available for one week. The deadline for purchase virtual tickets is 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 22.

Hispanic Ballet

A woman in a red leotard and long ruffled train rushes forward while a group of four men in red pants stand behind her and pull her train.

Ballet Hispánico in Línea Recta by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Paula Lobo, Courtesy Ballet Hispanico

Ballet Hispánico celebrates its 50th anniversary with a program of world premieres by Lauren Anderson, Ana “Rockafella Garcia and Belén Maya, as well as a company repertoire by Nacho Duato, Geoffrey Holder, Graciela Daniele, Pedro Ruiz, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano and the late Tony Award-winner Ann Reinking.After a private screening on May 27, the company will stream the performance for free on May 28. The program also includes exciting appearances from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda, Rosie Perez, Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas , Darren Walker and Anderson.

You can attend the celebration of the 50th of BH via the website, Youtube channel Where Facebook page starting at 6:30 p.m. EDT on May 28; the program will remain online for two weeks. Click on here record.