THE ROYAL BALLET
We're delighted to welcome a new season of live performances from the Royal Ballet, broadcast live from Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden. The 2016-17 Live Cinema Season will feature a total of 12 Royal Opera House productions including six Royal Opera and six Royal Ballet productions.
The literary work of Virginia Woolf inspires this magnificent triptych. Choreographer Wayne McGregor has long been at the cutting edge of ballet, working with collaborators from across the artistic world, and in this critically acclaimed work he combines themes from three of Woolf’s landmark novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – with elements of her letters, essays and diaries. Acclaimed British composer Max Richter creates a specially commissioned score incorporating electronic and live music.
First choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty showcases the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairy-tale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.
Jewels is a masterclass in classical ballet: virtuoso choreography, intense solos and balletic precision. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the music of Tchaikovsky in ‘Diamonds’.
The Dream is Ashton’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc with the use of a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton’s first work after WWII, of six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s Variations Symphoniques. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton’s emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi’s La traviata.’