Leonard Bernstein had an instinctive sense of rhythm and drew on various influences including jazz, traditional Jewish music and the razzmatazz of Broadway musicals. Consequently, much of Bernstein’s music is ideal for dance; indeed, he is renowned for collaborating with Jerome Robbins on West Side Story.
Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s epic narrative poem The Age of Anxiety, a wordy and philosophical piece penned in response to the disillusionment and uncertainty that endured following the end of WWII.
Scarlett’s bittersweet wartime ballet crisply combines neo-classical steps with jazz dance to portray four solitary drinkers – three men and a woman – in a New York bar. Fuelled by the booze, they share profound observations on the meaning of life.
The ballet received mixed reviews when it premiered in 2014. Still, the consensus was that convincing characterisation and physical chemistry combines with designer John Macfarlane’s lavish sets for an aesthetically pleasing piece.
The upcoming works from Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon mark each artist’s first foray into Bernstein.
McGregor’s offering is set to the landmark composer’s Chichester Psalms, with designs by ceramicist Edmund de Waal.
Meanwhile, award-winning fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu is creating the costumes for Wheeldon’s contribution.
This mixed line-up promises to demonstrate the range and danceability of Bernstein’s internationally renowned oeuvre. An evening of diverse ballet awaits!
|What||The Royal Ballet, Leonard Bernstein Triple Bill, ROH|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
15 Mar 18 – 09 Apr 18, 19:30 Dur.: 3 hours including two intervals
|Website||Click here to book via the ROH|