Artists of The Royal Ballet in Dances at a Gathering, The Royal Ballet ©2020 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Balanchine and Robbins

413 June 2021
The performance lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval.
Main Stage
Ballet and dance
These works are performed together:
  • Apollo
  • Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
  • Dances at a Gathering

The rich history of American ballet is celebrated in classic works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, two choreographic giants of the 20th century. Apollo brought Balanchine together for the first time with composer Igor Stravinsky. Their creation for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1928 remains a masterpiece of neoclassicism in its striking depiction of the young god of music and his three muses. Balanchine’s effervescent Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux breathes life into a long-lost movement from Tchaikovsky’s original score for Swan Lake. Created in 1960 for virtuoso New York City Ballet dancers Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow, its thrilling technical challenges are still relished by performers today.

Jerome Robbins, a contemporary of Balanchine, played a crucial role in the development of American ballet but was also as an influential figure on Broadway. His 1969 ballet Dances at a Gathering, to music by Chopin, is an ode to pure dance. As Robbins himself described it: ‘There are no stories to any of the dances in Dances at a Gathering. There are no plots and no roles. The dancers are themselves dancing with each other to that music in that place.’ While plotless, the ballet's intimacy creates a powerful sense of community, which promises to resonate with audiences and dancers again following its revival in 2020 just before lockdown.

Production information

The Royal Ballet is rehearsing, staging, and performing within strict COVID-safe conditions. To ensure the safety of artists and creative teams, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, mitigations have included maintaining social distancing between staff and artists where possible, wearing face coverings and regular testing for all involved. Testing has been administered privately and at no expense to the NHS.

Approximate running times
Apollo: 40 minutes
Pause: 5 minutes
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux: 15 minutes
Interval : 30 minutes
Dances at a Gathering : 1 hour 5 minutes

Due to socially-distanced seating we are only able to offer a limited number of single seats which have now sold out, but please look online for returns. All productions will be streamed on ROH Stream, and we look forward to being able to offer more seating options in the 2021/22 Season. We apologise for any inconvenience.



There will be a livestream of the performance on 11 June. Watch via ROH Stream.

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing and the JP Jacobs Charitable Trust


Generous philanthropic support from

Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson

Streaming generously supported by

The Foyle Foundation

The 2020/21 Ballet Season is generously supported by

Aud Jebsen

The performances of Apollo and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, both Balanchine ballets, are presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and have been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique®. Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.

Dances at a Gathering performed by permission of The Robbins Rights Trust.




ChoreographyGeorge Balanchine

MusicIgor Stravinsky

Lighting designerJohn B. Read

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

ChoreographyGeorge Balanchine

MusicPyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Costume designerAnthony Dowell

Lighting designerJohn B. Read

Dances at a Gathering

CompanyThe Royal Ballet

ChoreographyJerome Robbins

MusicFryderyk Chopin

Costume designerJoe Eula

Lighting designerJennifer Tipton

Main Stage

There is no lift and step-free access to the auditorium for tickets that use doors 1D, 2D, 3E and 4E due to maintenance work. Wheelchair and companion seats are still available on level 6 (door 6F) and in the Stalls Circle. Step-free access to the left hand side of the auditorium is subject to delay due to only one lift being in operation.

The Orchestra Stalls are reached by a minimum of nine steps. Seats in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

If you have concerns about how our COVID-19 safety measures and current maintenance work may affect your access requirements, please contact



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