The programme, TRIO ConcertDance, explores the ineffable relationship between music and dance, with the musical accompaniment provided by the acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston.
Now in her mid-50s, and returned to the stage after a retirement that all her fans found painfully premature, the Italian ballerina Alessandra Ferri is one of the highest exponents of the art of ballet. Her big, deeply expressive brown eyes reach to the very back of any theatre, her technique is as faultless now as in her younger days, her stage presence is deeply affecting.
Ferri is well know to older Royal Ballet audiences, having been a company member for five years until 1985, and subsequently returning at intervals, most recently as an unforgettable lead in Wayne McGregor’s homage to Virginia Woolf, Woolf Works..
The Argentine dancer Herman Cornejo is an ideal partner for Ferri, his youthful vigour and flash technique providing the perfect complement to her emotional subtlety. Their Romeo and Juliet, reprised at ABT when Ferri decided to return to the stage in 2013, is the kind of partnership once seen never forgotten; Cornejo made his ROH debut with Ferri in the title role of Martha Clarke’s Chéri, about a love affair between a young man and an older woman.
In TRIO ConcertDance Ferri and Cornejo will dance especially commissioned pieces by Culture Whisper favourite Russell Maliphant, as well as Demis Volpi, Fang-Yi Sheu, Herman Cornejo, Wayne McGregor, and Angelin Preljocaj. The music includes Ligeti, Mozart, Satie, J.S. Bach and Philip Glass.
The hope is that such a combination will allow us to heed the great Balanchine’s advice: ‘See the music, hear the dance.’
|What||TRIO ConcertDance, Linbury Theatre Preview|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
17 Jan 19 – 27 Jan 19, 19:45 Dur.: 1 hour 5 minutes no interval
|Website||Click to book via the ROH|