Men in Motion at the London Coliseum

Published: 29 July 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Ivan Putrov and Matthew Ball in Men in Motion Credit: Christine Kreiselmaier

Men in Motion will celebrates its 10th anniversary with a one-off performance at the London Coliseum on Sunday 6 November.

Originally conceived a decade ago by Ivan Putrov, Men in Motion sees the male dancer take centre stage, showcasing the development and evolution of men in ballet over the last century.

It will feature performances from ballet stars including Principals of The Royal Ballet Matthew Ball and Vadim Muntagirov, former Royal Ballet Principals Ivan Putrov and Edward Watson, Senior Artist with Ballet Black José Alves, Principal with Royal Swedish Ballet Dmitry Zagrebin, First Soloists of The Royal Ballet Luca Acri and Joseph Sissens, Soloist of Stuttgart Ballet Matteo Miccini and First Artist of The Royal Ballet Leo Dixon.

The programme includes a range of classical ballets and contemporary works accompanied by a live orchestra, including the world première of a new work by Arthur Pita as well as his acclaimed solo Volver, Volver. Alongside these will be Fokine’s Le Spectre de la Rose and works by Serge Lifar and Bronislava Nijinska.

Putrov said, “for over ten years, we have shared the history of men in ballet with audiences around the world, celebrating the talent and virtuosity of male dancers who have emerged from the shadows as supporting artists to take centre-stage. I am incredibly proud that in that time we have presented bold new works, ground-breaking classics and contemporary masterpieces performed by some of the world’s greatest dancers.”

In 2012 Ivan conceived Men in Motion, which has since had three successful runs in London as well as in Italy, Moscow, Poland and Ukraine. In 2022 Ivan produced a fundraising gala for his home country, Dance for Ukraine, which raised over £160,000 for the Disaster Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.