In stark contrast, George Balanchine’s 1947 neoclassical ballet Symphony in C is set to Bizet’s Symphony no.1 and is a joyful affair starring twinkle-toed ballerinas in tutus and tiaras.
A study in pure dance, this ballet is all about sparkle and spectacle. First performed by The Royal Ballet in 1991, it is designed to show off a classical company to maximum advantage.
The four movements of Bizet’s score are matched to dazzling choreography that moves through virtuoso displays of energetic allegro, fluid adagio and romantic pas de deux passages. It all culminates in a glittering grand finale which sees 52 dancers fill the stage.
The unknown entity in this new triple bill is the world premiere of Alastair Marriott’s The Unknown Soldier, a work created for The Royal Ballet to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War.
As a tribute to the fallen, Marriott’s ballet takes inspiration from The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey – the final resting place of an unidentified British soldier killed on a European battlefield during the First World War.
The ceremony to entomb the soldier was a landmark moment of national mourning and the tomb remains as a memorial which honours the hundreds of thousands who died in service.
Danced to a newly commissioned score by Oscar-winning film composer Dario Marianelli, and featuring archive film footage and interviews with veterans, Marriott’s offering promises to compellingly explore the stories of people caught up in the turmoil of war.
|What||The Royal Ballet, Infra Mixed Bill, ROH|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
20 Nov 18 – 29 Nov 18, 19:30 Dur.: TBC
|Website||Click here to book via the ROH|