2024 Programme

Ballet Central 2024 presents a mixed bill of classical and contemporary works by acclaimed choreographers. Programme highlights include the final act of Petipa’s Coppélia, celebration of classical ballet staged by Adela Ramirez, with the stunning score by Leo Delibes. Two newly commissioned works make their debut: Jules Cunningham’s Stay On It, a contemporary work to a rhythmic track by minimalist composer Julius Eastman; and Carolyn Bolton’s Night Flight v2.0, a high energy ballet with striking lines and celestial formations set to a new score by Philip Feeney. Daniel Davidson’s recent work, I think we’re on different planets, is a moving evocation of heartache and our yearning for connection. Continue reading to find out more about the current repertoire…

Night Flight v2.0

Choreographed by Carolyn Bolton

Delving into the realms of the imagination, this new work takes inspiration from the cosmos. The choreography is a celestial dialogue, a dance of gravity and weightlessness, capturing the essence of the universe’s silent poetry. The dancers create a visual symphony, where bodies collide and intertwine like stars forming constellations. The work transcends the boundaries of the space inviting the audience to embark on a journey where the movement communicates untold stories written in the sky.

Embodying the constellations’ energy and allure, the dancers reveal the magic of the night sky. The work celebrates the beauty and energy that connects us all. Dance becomes the language of the stars, and the stage is its canvas. Night Flight v2.0 is where dreams and galaxies collide.

The dancers transform from pedestrians to stars–individuals who unite to create stunning lines and beautiful configurations. It is an exciting work which captures the spirit of the music, the dancers, their energetic prowess and their artistic excellence.

Stay On It

Choreographed by Jules Cunningham

A new piece choreographed especially for this year’s company, Stay On It is accompanied by a rhythmic track from American composer Julius Eastman. Cunningham was a longtime performer with Merce Cunningham and then also with Michael Clark. Now a choreographer, they make works that bear traces of their dance heritage – a preference for classical lines and mathematical structures but distinctly personal and intimate.

Stay On It is an intricately detailed choreographic work, drawing its inspiration from the music and the dancers’ connection to it. Spatial choices in the choreography have been designed based on observation of shared relationships and interpersonal dynamics within the studio, during the creative process. The strength, control, and artistry of the dancers shines through in this sophisticated performance.

I think we’re on different planets

Choreographed by Daniel Davidson

I think we’re on different planets was originally conceived and created in collaboration with the current second year students as part of Daniel’s studies whilst participating in the MA Choreography programme at Central School of Ballet. The work is an exploration of themes revolving around love, an inevitable loss of that love, and the attempts we make to move on from experiences or burdens from our past. It also examines our yearning for connection, our quest to find a life partner, and our resilience in navigating the weight of grief.

Some of the movement in the piece has been generated in collaboration with the original dancers, which included working with text, speech, and the origins of more gestural movement. Daniel was a member of Scottish Ballet and later Rambert Dance Company. He recently joined Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show as Assistant Choreographer to Marion Motin.


Staged by Adela Ramirez

The repertoire is completed by the final act of Petipa’s Coppélia, a celebration of classical ballet, with a stunning score by Léo Delibes. A fantastic introduction for first-time ballet viewers, Coppélia Act III unveils the grace, artistry and versatility of the Ballet Central company.

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On Film

Here you will be able to see excerpts of selected repertoire from Ballet Central, Central’s graduate touring company, and trailers and special dance performances captured on film.