Preview: Ivan Putrov presents Against the Stream: London Coliseum, 7 April 2019

It’s all going swimmingly

Someone shut the curtains! Ivan Putrov’s Against the Stream is warming up nicely.

Ex-Royal Ballet star turned impresario who’s gained something of a reputation for excellence with his Men in Motion shows, Ivan Putrov has put together a very special one-off performance at the London Coliseum on 7 April 2019. Against the Stream – A Gala Night Celebrating Ballets Greatest Pioneers has gathered together some of the very best names in world ballet.

Dancers confirmed include Matthew Ball (Principal Dancer, The Royal Ballet), Mathieu Ganio and Eleonora Abbagnato (Étoiles, Paris Opera Ballet), Maria Kowroski (Principal, New York City Ballet), Marcelo Gomes (Guest Principal), Dmitry Zagrebin (Principal, Royal Swedish Ballet), and Katja Khaniukova, (Soloist, English National Ballet).

The list of works being performed isn’t bad either – Diana and Actaeon Pas de Deux, Le Parc, Suite en Blanc, Diamonds and In G Major Pas are all lined up. As Putrov himself says: “The evening will celebrate some of the remarkable choreographers who took ballet to new heights by daring to go against the stream. Great ballet is even more powerful when it is performed close to the original vision of its creator. For this reason I have invited dancers schooled in those companies where the works were originally performed.”

Tickets for Against the Stream are available to buy from the London Coliseum website and you’ll also find a rather lovely photo gallery there.

Gerard Davis

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