The programme will be live streamed on Friday 9 July. Tickets £16.
A showcase for Royal Ballet choreographers past and present, this programme starts with Anemoi, by the company's first soloist Valentino Zucchetti. This is a development of his Scherzo, which was streamed last autumn and shows Zucchetti as a choreographer to be reckoned with.
There follows a series of divertissements from choreographers that have shaped the Royal Ballet we know today. Although the full list of divertissements is yet to be published, we can be sure that among the choreographers represented will be the two giants of British ballet, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Frederick Ashton.
If we were to hazard a guess at what extracts will be picked, we would say that the pas de deux from Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardée, which proved such a crowd pleaser when performed at a ROH gala in between lockdowns last year, is sure to figure. It was danced then by the partnership made in heaven of Marcelino Sambé and Anna Rose O'Sullivan; we can only hope for a repeat performance.
This section is also sure to include work by The Royal Ballet resident choreographer, Wayne McGregor, and artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon.
The programme ends with the sumptuous final act of The Sleeping Beauty, one of the jewels in The Royal Ballet crown, celebrating Princess Aurora's wedding to Prince Désiré, and featuring a series of divertissements, most famous among them the virtuoso Bluebird pas de deux.
The Sleeping Beauty has a special place in The Royal Ballet's history, as it was the work with which the Royal Opera House re-opened its doors in 1946, after the end of World War II. Aurora then was danced by the company's Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Margot Fonteyn; today's Royal Ballet has a roster of remarkable dancers, all well up to the demands of the role.
|What||The Royal Ballet, Beauty Mixed Bill at the ROH|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
26 Jun 21 – 11 Jul 21, 19:00 Sun 11 July at 14:00 Dur.: TBC
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