The programme will be live streamed on Friday 28 May. Tickets £16.
21st Century Choreographers is a mixed bill that brings together three of the most exciting choreographers working today: Christopher Wheeldon, Kyle Abraham and Crystal Pite.
Royal Ballet artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon is one of Britain's most successful exports, having created work for companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He made Within the Golden Hour for San Francisco Ballet in 2008; but when the work was brought into the Royal Ballet repertoire a few years later it underwent a complete makeover, with new shimmering gold costumes by Jasper Conran and deeply atmospheric lighting by Peter Mumford.
One of the Royal Ballet's most felicitous recent acquisitions, Within the Golden Hour celebrates the last hour of light before nightfall. It will be familiar to regular Royal Ballet audiences, but gains with each viewing, with its wealth of exquisite patterns and gripping contrasts between vibrancy and dreaminess.
The second piece in this mixed bill is a mouthwatering world premiere. A duet by the African-American choreographer Kyle Abraham, it'll be danced by two of the Royal's most exciting principals: the Russian superstar Natalia Osipova, and the mercurial Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé.
If you've been following the programmes streamed by New York City Ballet during lockdown, you'll have come across Abraham's recent work for the company, a haunting, impeccably classical meditation on the restrictions of the past year or so, filmed in black and white.
Entitled When We Fell, it was enough to make us long for a lot more from him, so we await this new pas de deux with much trepidation.
Two works by the Canadian Crystal Pite complete the programme. First brought to London three years ago by Nederlands Dans Theater, on whom it was created, The Statement is an extraordinary piece of dance theatre, portraying an ever more fraught discussion between politicians in the aftermath of a disastrous political decision. It's unique and totally hypnotic.
Also new to The Royal Ballet, Pite's second work is Solo Echo, an atmospheric evocation of winter inspired by a poem by Mark Strand, and accompanied by Brahms’s sonatas for cello and piano. It was also created for Nederlands Dans Theater.
Two casts alternate, but given the depth of talent the Royal Ballet has at its disposal, both should do justice to all the works in this bill.
|What||The Royal Ballet, 21st Century Choreographers|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
17 May 21 – 30 May 21, 19:30. Sunday, 30 May at 15:00. Dur.: TBC
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