Artists of The Royal Ballet in Elite Syncopations in The Royal Ballet Back on Stage © 2020 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

Elite Syncopations (2020)

12 March10 April 2021
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Ballet and dance

In 1974, Kenneth MacMillan set out to create ‘something short and light and funny’, as he told the New Yorker magazine at the time. The resulting 35-minute ballet is regarded as one of the most uplifting pieces in the Royal Ballet repertory. With music by African-American composer Scott Joplin (the 'King of Ragtime') and the ballet's staging and choreography demonstrating the influence of Black Social Dance styles, there is much to celebrate here about the diverse cultural influences that make ballet what it is today.

The joyous nature of the work is fitting for this recording, taken from the celebrated The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage performance which took place in October 2020 as it marked the first time that the Company had performed on stage together in seven months.

The 2020/21 Ballet Season is generously supported by Aud Jebsen

Streaming generously supported by The Foyle Foundation



Sunflower Slow DragThe Company

Elite SyncopationsThe Company

The CascadesClaire Calvert Gina Storm-Jensen Romany Pajdak

Hot-House RagBenjamin Ella Téo Dubreuil Fernando Montaño David Yudes

Calliope RagClaire Calvert

The Golden HoursMeaghan Grace Hinkis Luca Acri

Stop Time RagYasmine Naghdi

The Alaskan RagMelissa Hamilton Paul Kay

Bethena (Concert Waltz)Yasmine Naghdi Nicol Edmonds

Friday NightJames Hay

Cataract RagThe Company


ChoreographyKenneth MacMillan

MusicScott Joplin

Costume designerIan Spurling

Lighting designerWilliam Bundy

Revival lighting designerJohn B. Read


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