AGAINST THE STREAM
A Gala Night Celebrating Ballet’s Greatest Pioneers at The London Coliseum on 7 APRIL 2019
On April 7th 2019, stars from the world’s leading ballet companies will come together for Against the Stream, a one-off gala performance accompanied by a live orchestra at the London Coliseum. The star-studded international cast features principal dancers from Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in a dazzling celebration of some of ballet’s greatest pioneers. The gala – which is masterminded by dancer-turned-producer and former principal of The Royal Ballet, Ivan Putrov – champions the mavericks of the ballet world who broke with tradition, pushed against the boundaries of the art form, and established the foundations for the rich and varied world of dance we have today. The programme will include masterpieces by choreographers including Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan. Against the Stream will be a spectacular celebration of the genius, vision and trailblazing talent these choreographers represent and the immense and powerful legacy they left behind.
Ivan Putrov: ‘The evening will celebrate some of the remarkable choreographers who took ballet to new heights by daring to go against the stream. Great ballet is even more powerful when it is performed close to the original vision of its creator. For this reason I have invited dancers schooled in those companies where the works were originally performed.’
Dancers confirmed for the gala include Matthew Ball, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, Mathieu Ganio and Eleonora Abbagnato, Étoiles of Paris Opera Ballet, Maria Kowroski, Principal New York City Ballet, Marcelo Gomes, Guest Principal, Dmitry Zagrebin, Principal of The Royal Swedish Ballet and Katja Khaniukova, Soloist with English National Ballet. Works confirmed for the evening’s gala programme include Diana and Actaeon Pas de Deux (Vaganova), Le Parc (Preljocaj), Suite en Blanc (Lifar), Diamonds (Balanchine) and In G Major Pas (Robbins).
London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
7 April 2019
Tickets: £20-£120 (plus booking fee)
Telephone: 020 7845 9300