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English National Ballet Is Streaming World-Class Performances For Free

By Georgie Hoole

English National Ballet

As part of a weekly watch-along series, the English National Ballet will be streaming world-class dance performances.

The performances will be streamed to YouTube and Facebook every Wednesday, and the lineup is set to include viewings of never-before-seen recordings. (Featured image: @englishnationalballet

The Wednesday Watch Parties kicked off on April 22 with an online premiere of Broken Wings, based on the life of renowned artist Frida Kahlo, and continued with Akram Khan’s Dust, a stunning performance that highlighted the role of women during World War I. An absolute classic followed, as Rudolf Nureyev’s version of Romeo & Juliet broke hearts all over again, before we entered mystical world in Fantastic Beings. Tonight, we’re in for a treat, as Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking score meets Derek Deane’s choreography in the iconic Swan Lake, streaming from 7pm.

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Yes, Swan Lake might have been the ballet that drives Natalie Portman over the edge in Black Swan, but it’s a legendary ballet for good reason. Tonight’s production was recorded at the Liverpool Empire back in 2018, and features principal dancers Jurgita Dronina (playing the dual roles of Odette and Odile) and Isaac Hernández. The show will be available for 48 hours, so you’ll need to be quick to catch it before it disappears at 8pm on May 29. Beyond that, the programme is unknown, but we imagine future shows will be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more brilliant ballet.

Don’t miss these magical performances over on English National Ballet’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Also published on Medium.