Katie Derham introduces highlights from the past ten years at the Royal Ballet in this special, extended edition of Essential Royal Ballet.
Presented at the iconic Royal Opera House, Katie weaves the history of ballet through carefully curated excerpts from the past decade of performances and goes behind the scenes to see what it takes to be a dancer in the company of The Royal Ballet as they prepare to take to the stage.
From the great classics of The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker to the exciting frontiers of contemporary dance, Katie takes us on a romp through the repertory, showcasing the diversity of the UK’s biggest ballet company. With stunning solos, passionate pas de deux and jaw-dropping numbers for the corps de ballet, it is a chance to see your favourite dancers up close, including Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae, alongside rising stars like Francesca Hayward and Matthew Ball, who will introduce their favourite ballets and share stories of their life on the stage.
The ballets featured include the classics Giselle, La Bayadère, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker while the 20th-century heritage of the Royal Ballet is explored in works by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. The contemporary life of the company is showcased in works by Christopher Wheeldon, and Wayne McGregor, along side recent productions of classic works.
Clips featured include:
• Act II Pas de deux from Giselle(Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta)
• Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère
• Espada solo from Don Quixote (Ryoichi Hirano)
• Act III Pas de deux from Swan Lake (Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov)
• Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker (Corps de ballet, Yuhui Choe and Francesca Hayward)
• Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker (Lauren Cuthbertson)
• Extract from Symphonic Variations (Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov)
• Clog Dance from La fille mal gardée (William Tuckett)
• Titania and Oberon Pas de deux from The Dream (Akane Takada and Steven McRae)
• Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet (Corps de ballet)
• Balcony Pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet (Matthew Ball and Yasmine Naghdi)
• Bedroom Pas de deux from Mayerling (Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova)
• Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lauren Cuthbertson, Steven McRae, and others)
• Excerpt from Viscera
• Excerpt from Infra
• The Rose Adage from The Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Lamb and others)
• Finale of Act III from The Sleeping Beauty (Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov and others)
As well as interviews and introductions to selected clips by the stars of The Royal Ballet.