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Donny Dog joins Royal Opera House's Doncaster Dances

19 August 2020

Everyone's favourite football mascot Donny Dog has been taking on a new challenge with The Royal Ballet.

While Donny can usually be seen flossing around the Keepmoat Stadium or in his kennel, he turned his talents to the more graceful ballet as he joined the Royal Opera House's (ROH) Doncaster Dances project.

Doncaster Dances is a three-week community digital project to create an original piece of dance on the themes of lockdown and social distancing.

This project, a first for The Royal Ballet, will culminate in a film that will premiere on Saturday September 5 online through the ROH’s YouTube and Facebook channels and broadcast in Doncaster town centre.

Taking inspiration from Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, local participants will use online resources, as well as remote direction from Royal Ballet dancer and Doncaster local Charlotte Tonkinson, to learn steps and create their own sections of dance exploring themes of loss, love and separation, friendship, family and solidarity. 

Last year the Royal Opera House announced an exciting new partnership with Doncaster through Doncaster Creates (Doncaster’s Culture Development programme). A key element of this partnership was The Royal Ballet performing live at Cast. Due to COVID-19 this was sadly postponed.

Eager to continue its commitment to the town and to embrace dance in the local community, The Royal Ballet, Cast and Doncaster Council have worked together on a stimulating new project.


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