Dancers of The Royal Ballet and members of the creative team reveal why Balanchine’s Jewels is a work loved by performers. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/jewels Among other things, Balanchine loved jewellery and was inspired to create this famous piece after a visit to the New York jewellers, Van Cleef and Arpels. He noted, however, that the ballet, which references different periods of ballet history in each act, had little to do with gemstones except for the costumes which are covered in them. Instead, Jewel is a pure celebration of music and dance. ‘Dancers love dancing it, audiences still love [More]
Alexander Campbell as Hans-Peter/the Nutcracker dances his mime sequence from Act II of Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker, recorded live in December 2013. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/nutcracker Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score was commissioned by the director of the Russian Imperial Theatres, following the resounding success of The Sleeping Beauty in 1890. Marius Petipa created the scenario, which is based on a fairytale by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Lev Ivanov provided the choreography. The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It initially had a poor reception, but its combination of enchanting choreography [More]
Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor rehearses and introduces his latest work for The Royal Ballet, with dancers Matthew Ball, Calvin Richardson and Edward Watson, and composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Find out more at www.roh.org.uk/productions/obsidian-tear­-by-wayne-mcgregor Obsidian Tear is the latest work from The Royal Ballet’s award-winning Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor. McGregor has won renown for exploring the limits of what the body can do, through a unique language of movement. One-act works such as Infra, Chroma and Live Fire Exercise and the magnificent full-length ballet Woolf Works combine this virtuoso style with an insatiable curiosity about the role of [More]
Carlos Acosta talks to Darcey Bussell about his 17 years with The Royal Ballet. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/people/carlos-a… Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta is a Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet. He has danced with many of the leading ballet companies in the world. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003. His many roles for the Company include Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), The Prince (The Nutcracker), Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Basilio (Don Quixote) and Apollo. His staging of Don Quixote, his first for The Royal Ballet, [More]
Sarah Lamb as Alice and Federico Bonelli as Jack/Knave of Hearts in The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/alice Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland arrived on the stage in 2011 with a burst of colour, theatrical magic and inventive choreography. It was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995 and was greeted with delight by audiences. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes draw on puppetry, projections and masks to make Wonderland wonderfully real. [More]
The Royal Ballet perform the Waltz of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker, with Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara, Ricardo Cervera as the Nutcracker and Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without this seasonal favorite, in which a young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure. Find out more at: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the… Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score was commissioned by the director of the Russian Imperial Theatres, following the resounding success of Sleeping Beauty in 1890. Marius Petipa created the scenario – based on a fairytale by E. T. A. Hoffman – and Lev Ivanov provided the choreography. [More]
Edward Watson as Leontes in Act I of Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/tale Following his charming Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and a series of short ballets including Aeternum and Polyphonia, Christopher Wheeldon presents a new full-length work at Covent Garden. He draws on another much-loved work of English literature: The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s late, great romance. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a statue comes miraculously to life – the ending is [More]
Marianela Nuñez as Lise and Carlos Acosta as Colas in the Act I Pas de ruban from Frederick Ashton’s La fille mal gardée. http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/la-… Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. The title translates as ‘The Wayward Daughter’. La Fille displays some [More]
Carlos Acosta as Don Quixote, Marianela Nuñez as Kitri, Yuhui Choe and Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Kitri’s friends, Luca Acri, Paul Kay, Kenta Kura and Michael Stojko as the Rascals, Philip Mosley as Sancho Panza, Gary Avis as Lorenzo and Bennet Gartside as Gamache in Carlos Acosta’s production of Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote, with music by Ludwig Minkus. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/don… Carlos Acosta, Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet, created his first work for the Company in 2013. He chose one of his favourite ballets – Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote, a joyful adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’s classic [More]
Sarah Lamb as Alice and Eric Underwood, Christina Arestis, Olivia Cowley, Melissa Hamilton and Nathalie Harrison as the Caterpillar in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Recorded for cinema broadcast on 28 March 2013. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/alice Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland arrived on the stage in 2011 with a burst of colour, theatrical magic and inventive choreography. It was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995 and was greeted with delight by audiences. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s [More]
Royal Ballet Principal Artist Sarah Lamb on performing with Rupert Pennefather and her love for their final Pas de deux. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/manon Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted twice for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score made from a patchwork of works by Massenet, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, the lead roles [More]
Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett rehearses his new ballet The Age of Anxiety with dancers Laura Morera, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside and Tristan Dyer. Find out more at: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the… British choreographer Liam Scarlett was appointed The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence in 2012. His dark, probing narrative works for the Company – Sweet Violets on the main stage and Hansel and Gretel in the Linbury Studio Theatre – have won acclaim, and so too the unique language of movement exemplified in his abstract works such as Asphodel Meadows and Viscera. In his new work for the Company Scarlett [More]