The annual BALLET ICONS GALA, presented by Ensemble Productions, celebrated coming back on stage at the Coliseum on November 26th 2021 with a thrilling programme of world class ballet.

Nicoletta Manni and Jakob Feyferlik in Black Swan. Photo by Jack Devant

The programme, which celebrates the unique style, quality and sheer calibre of the Russian school of ballet training, presented global ballet stars including Daniil Simkin (Staatsballett Berlin/ABT), Liudmila Konovalova (Vienna State Ballet), Julian MacKay (San Francisco Ballet), Giuseppe Picone (Teatro di San Carlo), Jeffrey Cirio (English National Ballet), and many more.

Filipa de Castro and Carlos Pinillos in Passo Continuo. Photo by Jack Devant

The Gala‘s 2021 programme was an exciting celebration of classical and contemporary ballet performed by principal dancers from the UK and around the world and included much loved ballet repertoire, such as The Sleeping Beauty, The Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Paquita, inspiring works by leading contemporary choreographers, and four UK premieres.

The annual Ballet Icons Gala in London has been organised by Ensemble Productions since 2006. The Gala’s programme pays tribute to the traditions of this beautiful genre of art – its old and contemporary masters.

Liudmila Konovalova in Vivaldi Summer Pas de Deux. Photo by Jack Devant

The Ballet Icons Gala 2021 was accompanied by the English National Ballet Philharmonic orchestra under the direction of Jonathan Lo and performed by Aitor Arrieta (English National Ballet), Léonore Baulac (Paris Opera Ballet), Sergio Bernal (formerly the National Ballet of Spain), Filipa de Castro (National Ballet of Portugal), Jeffrey Cirio (English National Ballet), Jakob Feyferlik (Dutch National Ballet), Francesco Gabriele Frola (English National Ballet), Matthew Golding (formerly the Royal Ballet), Katja Khaniukova (English National Ballet), Maria Kochetkova (English National Ballet), Liudmila Konovalova (Vienna State Ballet), Lucía Lacarra (formerly the Bavarian State Ballet), Julian MacKay (San Francisco Ballet), Maia Makhateli (Dutch National Ballet), Nicoletta Manni (Teatro alla Scala), Vadim Muntagirov (The Royal Ballet), Yasmine Naghdi (The Royal Ballet), Marianela Núñez (The Royal Ballet), Ksenia Ovsyanick (Berlin State Ballet), Giuseppe Picone (Teatro di San Carlo), Carlos Pinillos (National Ballet of Portugal), Marcelino Sambé (The Royal Ballet), Daniil Simkin (Berlin State Ballet / ABT), and Denis Vieira (The Bavarian State Ballet).

Lucia Lacarra and Matthew Golding in Snow Storm. Photo by Jack Devant

The gala was followed by an exclusive dinner at Corinthia Hotel which was attended by TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Prince and Princess Auesperg, Prince Janek Zhilinsky, Prince Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky, Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin, designers Stephen Webster and Ozwald Boateng, songwriter Gary Kemp, model Yasmine Le Bon, dancer Wayne Sleep, writer Lady Colin Campbell, director of the Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hara among the others.