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Linbury Studio Theatre 2014-15 season

Posted on April 1, 2014


The Linbury season opens with the Deloitte Ignite festival, which runs from September 5 to 28. This year’s month-long festival is focused on ballet and dance. Curated by The National Gallery’s Dr Mina Moore Ede and The Royal Ballet, it has the theme of myths, and will include new works, events for families and children and a range of performances.


The BalletBoyz will appear at Deloitte Ignite before presenting their own first Linbury season from September 16 to 20, with further performances from September 23 to 27. It will include works by Kristen McNally, a soloist with The Royal Ballet, and Alexander Whitley, a Royal Ballet choreographic affiliate.

Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra, his first major work for The Royal Ballet, has its premiere in the Linbury Studio Theatre on October 30. Ondiviela, a first artist with the company, developed Cassandra through the Draft Works programme in research and development sessions in summer 2013.

Phoenix Dance Theatre come to the Linbury from November 25 to 29, with a programme including a new work by Christopher Bruce.

Over the Christmas season, hip hop company ZooNation will dance The Mad Hatters T Party, a new work commissioned and produced by The Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Kate Prince, the show offers a different perspective on Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice characters, running alongside The Royal Ballet’s performances of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on the main stage [link to main season announcement]. The Mad Hatters T Party runs from December 6, 2014 to January 3, 2015.

The London International Mime Festival will have performances in the Linbury from January 12 to 20, with full details to be announced.

From January 23 to 24, Aakash Odedra will perform Murmur, which he choreographed with Lewis Major on the theme of dyslexia, and Inked, choreographed by Damien Jalet.

Ballet Black’s February visit to the Linbury has become a very welcome tradition: the company is back from February 10 to 14.

Draft Works, which gives Royal Ballet dancers the opportunity to choreograph new work, is back on February 24 and 26.

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance perform a new work from March 25 to 28. Commissioned by The Royal Ballet, it will reflect on the 19th-century ballet La Bayadère, setting Jeyasingh’s own classical Indian training against the ballet’s fantasy India.

Northern Ballet bring two programmes to the Linbury in May 2015. The company dance a mixed bill from May 12 to 14, followed by the new work The Elves and the Shoemaker on May 15 and 16.

From June 1 to 6, the Linbury Studio Theatre hosts Springboard, with performances by the graduate dancers from a range of top schools and companies, including Verve, Ballet Central, Rambert and the junior company of Dutch National Ballet.


Kevin O’Hare speaks exclusively about the Linbury season here and about the main stage Royal Ballet season here.

Photograph: Kristen McNally by Ryoichi Hirano, courtesy of the Royal Opera House.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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