Breath-taking ballet

Put this in your diaries now because it’s short and sweet and not to be missed: for only six performances at the London Coliseum, the fabulous Boston Ballet will grace us with two programmes that showcase the diversity of their repertoire and the versatility of their incredibly lithe and elegant artists. And rather excitingly, they will be accompanied by the unequalled Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – music to our discerning ears.

This fleeting visit to the Capital will herald the start of Boston Ballet’s 50th anniversary season and it’ll mark the New England company’s first stopover in London for 30 years. They do like to keep us waiting but we can’t wait to see them in action, and here’s why:

Programme A (3,4,6,& 7 July) will celebrate Balanchine choreography and feature Vaslav Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements, and resident choreographer, Jorma Elo’s Plan to B.

Programme B (5 & 6 July) is made up of three very special works – William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, described as a ‘potent piece of kinetic energy’, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, which displays the dancers’ playful athleticism in all its glory and Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura, an emotional masterpiece that sees its first performance by an American company.

If you’re looking for a refreshing dose of ground-breaking (and breath-taking) ballet, this is a must-see.