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Today, members of the Royal Ballet are performing an amazing mixed program during Deloitte Ignite, which is a month-long contemporary arts festival at the Royal Opera House in Lo—wait, what? You're saying you can't make it to England on such short notice? Well, do I have news for you.

Today's Royal Ballet performance will be live-streamed at 6:50 pm London time (that's 1:50 pm if you live on the East Coast). And there's a lot to watch. The program, Sampling the Myth, will include excerpts from Apollo, The Firebird, The Dying Swan, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl. And as if that weren't enough, there will be a premiere by choreographer Aakash Odedra and three dance films with choreography by Robert Binet, Charlotte Edmonds and Kim Brandstrup.

Here's a little taste of the magic that's to come. First, a short promo video for the event:

Now for something a little more meaty. Check out this video of Sarah Lamb and Eric Underwood rehearsing Raven Girl with Wayne McGregor:

And here's Odedra in rehearsal with dancers for his new work, Unearthed, based on the Greek myth of Prometheus:

Sampling the Myth will be streamed live on the Royal Ballet's YouTube channel, or on the Royal Opera House's website. Happy Saturday!

Pacific Northwest Ballet is performing in NYC this week, and I could. not. be. happier. Though I've loved this company (especially the amazingly amazing Carla Körbes) for ages, it's so rare that I actually get a chance to see them dance live.

But not this week. This week I get to see them twice.

The company's Wednesday night performance of three Balanchine classics—Concerto Barocco, Apollo and Agon—was nothing short of sublime (and you don't have to take my word for it). Tonight, I get to see the dancers in a totally different mode, in Jean-Christophe Maillot's cinematic Roméo et Juliette.

Not a PNB fan (yet)? These gorgeous photos from their Wednesday night show should make a convert out of you. Already a PNB die-hard? Well, you're welcome/happy Friday.

Enjoy!

(All photos by Lindsay Thomas)

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