The Royal Ballet returns to the stage of the Royal Opera House next month in a celebratory performance featuring highlights from its dance repertory.
Reuniting the Company with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House for the first time since March on 8 October, the performance is considered an important pilot on the road back to full public performances at the venue.
Francesca Hayward, Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov, Marianela Núñez, Marcelino Sambé, Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova will be among the Royal Ballet principals taking to the stage for the one-off performance, curated by Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare.
O’Hare added: “We are so excited about the full company returning to their home stage. The dancers have sorely missed performing and connecting with their audiences these past few months and I have been deeply impressed by the grace and tenacity they have shown during these challenging circumstances.
“I hope this performance will be a chance for everyone to be reminded of all that makes the Royal Ballet and the amazing teams at the Royal Opera House so special.”
Excerpts from traditional and contemporary classics by Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon and Hofesh Shechter will feature in the show, called The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage.
The performance, which will be live streamed for a fee (£16 per household), will be held on 8 October with a socially distanced audience comprising students and health care workers.
Proceeds from the live stream of The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage will go toward the ROH’s ongoing fundraising efforts.