Here’s some exciting news for ballet fans in New York City: the Royal Ballet will be visiting NYC’s Lincoln Center as part of its upcoming American Tour. The ballet company will visit NYC in late June after a tour in Chicago.
The Joyce Theater will be hosting the Royal Ballet this season. Additionally, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will be honored at the opening-night gala located at the David H. Koch Theater, featuring Frederick Ashton’s “The Dream” starring the principals Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae.
The Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova will also appear in subsequent performances of “The Dream”, which will be paired with Kenneth MacMillan’s “The Song of the Earth”.
A core of highly successful professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries help fund and guide the Lincoln Center, allowing them draw in big-name talent like the Royal Ballet. The Lincoln Center is guided by many influential names, including board of directors members Robert A. Iger of The Walt Disney Company, Richard S. Bradock Sr. of MidOcean Partners, William Ford of General Atlantic, and James Dinan of York Capital Management among many others.
The Royal Ballet will be at the Lincoln Center from June 23–28, following stops at the Kennedy Theater in Chicago from June 9–14 and at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago from June 18–21. This will be the Royal Ballet’s first appearance in New York since 2004.
It is expected that most of the company’s principal dancers will perform, including Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nunez, Lauren Cuthbertson, Steven McRae, Edward Watson, Thiago Soares, and Vadim Muntagirov.
The Royal Ballet is based out of the Royal Opera House in London’s Convent Garden. They are London’s largest ballet company and are directed by Kevin O’Hare, with Associate Director Jeanetta Laurence OBE and Music Director Barry Wordsworth.
What do you think of the Royal Ballet’s announcement to come to NYC? Are you excited to see them perform at the Lincoln Center?