This autumn, Men in Motion celebrates its 10th anniversary with a one-off performance at the London Coliseum on Sunday 6 November.
Ivan Putrov conceived the format a decade ago by when the former principal of The Royal Ballet wanted to out the male dancer at centre stage, showcasing the development and evolution of men in ballet over the last century.
Men in Motion will feature performances by principals of The Royal Ballet, Matthew Ball and Vadim Muntagirov, former Royal Ballet Principals, Ivan Putrov and Edward Watson, senior artist with Ballet Black, José Alves, principal with Royal Swedish Ballet, Dmitry Zagrebin, first Soloists of The Royal Ballet, Luca Acri and Joseph Sissens, soloist of Stuttgart Ballet, Matteo Miccini, and first artist of The Royal Ballet, Leo Dixon.
The programme for the evening includes extracts from classical ballets and contemporary works and will be accompanied by a live orchestra. There will also be a world premiere by Arthur Pita as well as his solo piece Volver, Volver, performed by Watson. Fokine’s Le Spectre de la Rose and works by Serge Lifar and Bronislava Nijinska are in the programme, which will be announced shortly.
Ivan Putrov says,
For over ten years we have shared the history of men in ballet with audiences around the world, celebrating the talent and virtuosity of male dancers who have emerged from the shadows as supporting artists to take centre stage. I am incredibly proud that in that time we have presented bold new works, ground-breaking classics and contemporary masterpieces performed by some of the world’s greatest dancers. For this tenth anniversary, I am delighted to welcome our outstanding cast of dancers to the stage at the London Coliseum for audiences to enjoy and share the beauty of Men in Motion.
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