World Ballet Day is back! Join us on 2 October 2018 for a day-long celebration of ballet across the world, with @ausballet@bolshoi_theatre.
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Pictured here is First Artist Gina Storm-Jensen @ginastormjensen in The Royal Ballet's state-of-the-art Healthcare Suite: a specialist unit designed to help the dancers build strength and stamina. 'Our facilities are now similar to those of a Premier League football club,' explains Gregory Retter, clinical director of ballet healthcare. 'Strength, jumping, force attenuation, cardiovascular fitness, psychological wellbeing and nutrition; all support the dancer to be free to create artistic excellence. This is a completely new concept in dance.' You can read the full feature in the Observer - link in bio.
Not for the paint hearted
Our Props Department on the top floor of our building in Covent Garden is a treasure trove of theatrical objects. It's important to mix exactly the right shade of paint to ensure every prop looks realistic and recognisable by every audience member, even if they're sitting high up in the Amphitheatre. This photo captures Prop Maker Kate Mitchell hard at work, creating the incredible objects you see on stage.
Falstaff had its premiere when Verdi was 79 years old, after a fifty year career as a composer. In The Royal Opera's current production, Bryn Terfel performs the role of the portly knight Falstaff, captured expectantly waiting for a bouquet of flowers during the bows after the General Rehearsal by Royal Opera Chorus tenor Neil Gillespie.
Take a bow
We're delighted to announce The Royal Ballet's promotions for the new Season.
Matthew Ball been promoted to Principal dancer, the highest rank in the Company.
Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, comments: ‘I’m delighted that Matthew Ball will be a Principal dancer from the start of the 2018/19 Season. He has had a tremendous year with some very exciting debuts in both classical and contemporary ballets across the repertory as well as creating roles in the new works. It is wonderful that Matthew has achieved so much since he joined the company from the Royal Ballet School and I eagerly look forward to watching this next chapter of his career.’ You can see details of all the promotions on our website - link in bio
Weather or not
Rain or shine, we're screening Mozart's Don Giovanni to BP Big Screens across the UK this evening - luckily, it's still looking remarkably dry at Trafalgar Square, where audiences are enjoying their picnics and sharing their photos with us.
If you're joining us, share a snap of you (and your picnic, if it's particularly fabulous!) with the hashtag #ROHdongiovanni - we'll share our favourites as part of the broadcast!
Kiss and makeup
Brushes of all shapes and sizes (and a huge amount of skill and patience from the Wigs and Make Up department) are required to transform the singers, dancers and actors from mere mortals into the characters you see on stage. This photo was captured during the two-hour process of transforming @ElizaMcgoo into the Queen in Swan Lake.
No mean feet
Each Season The Royal Ballet dance through over 6,000 pairs of pointe shoes. Each dancer adapts their own shoes to ensure they are comfortable, strong, and ready for performance.
Royal Ballet Cool
We were delighted to share footage of @royalballetschool in rehearsal as part of last year's World Ballet Day - and today, we're welcoming them onto the Royal Opera House stage. The Royal Ballet School summer showcase offers a chance to see the depth and breadth of talent emerging from the school, from students as young as 11 to graduates about to embark on their careers, offering a glimpse at the stars of the future.
Shoot for the stars
Soprano @joyce.el.khoury strikes a pose on the stairs on the way down from the Royal Opera House Crush Room.
Joyce has just finished performing as Musetta in The Royal Opera’s La bohème, but will return to Covent Garden to sing Sylvia in L’Ange de Nisida in concert. Dress by @marchesafashion in a shoot by @larajadephotography.
As London gears up for its #pride2018 celebrations this weekend, we're flying the rainbow flag outside our Covent Garden building so anyone who walks past knows they are welcome at the Royal Opera House, whatever their gender or sexual orientation. We know people perform better when they can be themselves, so what better way to show our commitment and thanks to our LGBT+ artists, staff and audience members than projecting the rainbow flag onto our famous curtain before the performance? Happy #ROHpride from all of us.
No business like shoe business
Members of The Royal Ballet are preparing for their performances of Swan Lake at Teatro Real. All the costumes and shoes are being carefully transported over to Spain ahead of our residency, the first time The Royal Ballet has performed in this theatre since 1997.