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THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE WINTER SEASON 2012/13

BALLET & DANCE

 

 

 

THE ROYAL BALLET REPERTORY

 

 

 

The Firebird / In the Night / Raymonda Act III

 

 

Onegin

 

 

La Valse / Méditation from Thaïs / Voices of Spring / Monotones I and II / Marguerite and Armand

 

 

Apollo / New Wheeldon / New Ratmansky

 

 

ROH2

 

 

Wind in the Willows/LIMF

 

Ballet Black/The Metamorphosis

 

 

THE FIREBIRD / IN THE NIGHT / RAYMONDA ACT III

Mikhail Fokine / Jerome Robbins / Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa

 

Conductor: Barry Wordsworth

 

22 December at 12.30pm / 29 December at 1.30pm / 29 December at 7pm / 4, 9, 11 January at 7.30pm

 

Generous philanthropic support from The Fonteyn Circle

 

In the Night: Generous philanthropic support from Mrs Charles Wrightsman

 

 

 

This enchanting Christmas-time mixed programme presents three one-act ballets by contrasting choreographers. This year marks the centenary of The Firebird’s first performances at Covent Garden by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. Shifting from classical ballet technique, Mikhail Fokine’s groundbreaking choreography for The Firebird displays elements derived from the style of folk-dance. Coupled with Stravinsky’s colourful, first ever ballet score which similarly incorporates folk song characteristics, and Natalia Goncharova’s 1926 Ballets Russes designs, The Firebird is a bold and exotic opening to the evening.

 

Jerome Robbin’s In The Night is a passionate contemporary exploration of the varying shades of love. Originally created for New York City Ballet in 1970, this one act ballet sees three pas de deux convey degrees of tenderness, restraint, and emotional reconciliation, to Chopin’s exquisite Nocturnes.

 

Last performed on the main stage at Covent Garden in 2003, Rudolf Nureyev’s staging of Raymonda Act III is adapted from Marius Petipa’s original full length ballet for the Mariinsky Theatre. Dazzling snow white costumes, and opulent sets designed by Barry Kay lend a festive feel to the final work in this Christmas triple bill.

 

THE FIREBIRD:

 

Choreography Mikhail Fokine

Music Igor Stravinsky

Designs Natalia Gontcharova

Lighting design John B. Read

Original staging Sergey Grigoriev and Lubov Tchernicheva

Staging Christopher Carr

 

IN THE NIGHT:

 

Choreography Jerome Robbins

Music Fryderyk Chopin

Costume designs Anthony Dowell

Lighting design tbc

Staging Christine Redpath

Solo Piano Robert Clark

 

 

RAYMONDA ACT III:

 

Choreography Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa

Music Alexander Glazunov

Designs Barry Kay

Lighting design John B. Read

Staging Christopher Carr

 

 

 

CASTING

 

THE FIREBIRD:

 

22 / 29 mat December
Cuthbertson*, Gartside*, Bhavnani*, Avis

29 December / 9 January
Galeazzi, Watson, Arestis, Marriott

4 / 11 January
Marquez, Soares, Crawford, Saunders

 

IN THE NIGHT:

 

22 / 29 mat December / 4 January
Lamb*, Nuñez*, Cojocaru*, Bonelli*, Pennefather*, Kobborg*

29 December / 9 / 11 January
Cuthbertson*, Yanowsky*, Marquez*, Campbell*, Kish*, Acosta*

 

RAYMONDA ACT III:

 

22 December / 4 January
Yanowsky, Kish*, Arestis, Hirano*

29 mat December / 9 January
Cojocaru, McRae*, Crawford*, Cervera*

29 December / 11 January
Nuñez*, Pennefather*, McNally*, Whitehead*

 

 

* Role debut

 

 

INSIGHTs:
tHE FIREBIRD / IN THE NIGHT / RAYMONDA ACT III

4 December at 7.30pm

CLORE STUDIO UPSTAIRS

Tickets £17 / £7students

Explore this exciting mixed programme with Royal Ballet dancers and coaches.

 

 

 

ONEGIN

John Cranko

 

Conductor: Dominic Grier

 

19 January, 2 February at 7pm / 22, 23, 25, 30
, 31 January, 1, 5, 7, 8 February at 7.30pm / 26 January at 12.30pm / 2 February at 2pm

 

For the performance on 30 January, the Amphitheatre is available only to members of the Student Standby scheme.

 

Generously supported by The Friends of Covent Garden

 

John Cranko’s
Onegin
, based on the verse-novel by Alexander Pushkin is an emotional tale of infatuation and tragedy and was choreographed by him for Stuttgart Ballet in 1965. This dramatic three-act ballet tells of a young Tatiana’s unrequited love for Eugene Onegin who, too late, tragically realises his true feelings for her. With intense duets, including the infamous ‘letter scene’
pas de deux
,
Onegin’s
central roles demand technical finesse and dramatic sensibility. This Season Onegin features important debuts from Royal Ballet Principal dancers Marianela Nuñez, Sarah Lamb, and Nehemiah Kish and First Soloist Valeri Hristov. Set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious climactic score as arranged by Kurt Heinz Stolze, this full length ballet boasts glorious set designs by Jürgen Rose which perfectly capture the opulent settings of upper class nineteenth century Russia.

 

 

Choreography
John Cranko

Music
Kurt-Heinz Stolze
after
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Designs
Jürgen Rose
after original 1969 designs for Stuttgart Ballet

Lighting design
Steen Bjarke

Staging
Reid Anderson
and
Jane Bourne

 

 

 

 

CASTING

 

 

19 / 23 / 30 January / 2 mat February
Cojocaru, Kobborg, Takada, McRae, Gartside

22 / 25 / 31 January / 5 February
Morera, Bonelli, Choe, Zucchetti*, Avis

26 January / 1 / 7 February
Nuñez*, Soares, Hinkis*, Trzensimiech*, Whitehead

2 / 8 February
Lamb*, Hristov*, Naghdi*, Kish*, Hirano

 

* Role debut

 

La Valse / Méditation from Thaïs / Voices of Spring / Monotones i and ii / Marguerite and Armand

Frederick Ashton

 

Conductor: Emmanuel Plasson

 

12, 13, 15
, 21
, 23 February at 7.30pm

 

Please note, there will be cameras filming in the auditorium.

 

Generous philanthropic support from Lady Ashcroft, Marina Hobson MBE and Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson

 

In February, The Royal Ballet marks the 25
th
anniversary of the death of Frederick Ashton, the Company’s Founder Choreographer, with a diverse mixed bill of his works. Created in 1958,
La Valse
is set to the rich, swooping melodies of Ravel. André Levasseur’s designs of golden chandeliers, delicate ball gowns and dashing tailcoats evoke the lavish but mysterious atmosphere of a ghostly ballroom as the stage fills with swirling figures.

Following La Valse, The Royal Ballet performs two contrasting pas de deux. The first,
Méditation from Thaïs
is an ethereal, romantic duet, danced to the strains of Jules Massenet’s
Méditation religieuse
from the opera Thaïs. It features bold, exotic costumes designed by former Director of The Royal Ballet Anthony Dowell.
Voices of Spring
is a joyous
pièce d’occasion
employing fast paced virtuoso technique to Strauss’s spirited waltz and was originally created by Ashton in 1977 for the Royal Opera’s production of
Die Fledermaus.

Monotones I and II
are arguably Ashton’s most modernist and abstract creations. To the gentle sounds of Erik Satie’s
Trois Gnossiennes
and
Trois Gymnopédies,
these otherworldly
pas de trois
move through slow, serene and utterly captivating choreography which mirrors the harmonic and rhythmic shifts of the music.

The programme concludes with
Marguerite and Armand
,
a passionate one act ballet best known for the romantic chemistry between the two Principal dancers, was originally created by Ashton for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. This Season The Royal Ballet welcomes back Tamara Rojo for her farewell performances at Covent Garden, partnered by Guest Artist Sergei Polunin, both of whom danced the leading roles to sensational acclaim in the 2011/12 Season.

 

LA VALSE:

 

Music
Maurice Ravel

Designs
André Levasseur

Lighting design
John B. Read

Staging
Christopher Carr

 

MÉDIATION FROM THAÏS:

 

Music
Jules Massenet

Costume designs
Anthony Dowell

Lighting design
John B. Read

 

VOICES OF SPRING:

 

Music
Johann Strauss II

Costume designs
Julia Trevelyan Oman

 

Lighting design
John B. Read

 

MONOTONES I AND II:

 

Music
Erik Satie

Designs
Frederick Ashton

Lighting design
John B. Read

]
Staging
Lynn Wallis

 

MARGUERITE AND ARMAND:

 

Music
Franz Liszt

Designs
Cecil Beaton

Lighting design
John B. Read

Staging
Grant Coyle

Solo piano
Robert Clark

 

 

CASTING

 

 

LA VALSE:

 

12 / 15 / 21 February
Kobayashi, Raine, Crawford, Hirano, Gartside, Maloney*

13 / 23 February
Bhavnani*, McNally, McCulloch*, Hristov*, Kura*, Whitehead

MÉDITATION FROM THAÏS:

 

12 / 21 February
Benjamin, Hristov*

 

13 / 23 February
Lamb, Pennefather

15 February
Galeazzi, Soares

 

VOICES OF SPRING:

 

 

12 / 21 February
Cojocaru, McRae

13 / 23 February
Morera, Campbell*

15 February
Choe*, Zucchetti*

 

MONOTONES I

 

12 / 15 / 21 February
Trzensimiech*, Maguire*, Takada*

13 / 23 February
Dyer*, Naghdi*,Pajdak*

 

MONOTONES II

 

12 / 15 / 21 February
Nuñez*, Bonelli*, Watson*

13 / 23 February
Arestis*, Hirano*, Kish*

 

 

MARGUERITE AND ARMAND

 

12 / 15 / 21 February
Rojo, Polunin

13 / 23 February
Yanowsky, Bonelli

 

* Role debut

 

 

 

INSIGHTs:
la valse
mixed programme

21 January at 7.30pm

CLORE STUDIO UPSTAIRS

Tickets £17 / £7students

Discover the breadth and inspiration of Frederick Ashton’s choreography.

 

 

APOLLO / NEW WHEELDON / NEW RATMANSKY

George Balanchine / Christopher Wheeldon / Alexei Ratmansky

 

Conductor: tbc

 

22 February, 7, 14 March at 7.30pm / 23 February at 12.30pm / 9 March at 12pm

 

New Ratmansky: Generous philanthropic support from Celia Blakey and Richard and Delia Baker

 

New Wheeldon: Generous philanthropic support from Celia Blakey and The New Ballet Works Syndicate

 

In February, The Royal Ballet will present an enticing triple bill of a classic George Balanchine ballet, and two new works by world renowned choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky. Seats to this triple bill have a top price of just £63, making it an unmissable event for ardent fans and ballet newcomers alike.

 

Apollo
is Balanchine’s earliest surviving ballet, and launched his international career when it was first performed in 1928. This masterpiece offers an outstanding lead male role in the form of Apollo, Greek god of music, light and knowledge, and reinterprets classical choreography in harmony with Stravinsky’s neoclassic score.

 

Two exciting world premieres complete this triple bill, the first by The Royal Ballet’s Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon. Award winning Wheeldon has an impressive history of original and varied works, including the fantastic full length Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which is also performed by the Company in March for the third successive Season. His new work for this Season promises to showcase his unique and exhilarating choreographic style.

 

Alexei Ratmansky, former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, and current artist in residence at American Ballet Theater, is another of the most celebrated names in contemporary ballet. The Royal Ballet is delighted to have commissioned what will be Ratmansky’s first ever work for a British company which will offer audiences the chance to experience his trademark inventiveness and versatility in his approach to choreography.

 

APOLLO:

Choreography
George Balanchine

Music
Igor Stravinsky

Lighting design
John B. Read

Staging
Patricia Neary

 

NEW WHEELDON:

 

Choreography
Christopher Wheeldon

Music tbc

Designs
Jean-Marc Puissant

 

NEW RATMANSKY:

 

Choreography
Alexei Ratmansky

Music tbc

Designs tbc

 

 

CASTING

 

APOLLO

 

22 February / 9 March
Acosta, Nuñez*

23 February / 7 March
Bonelli, Cuthbertson*

14 March
Pennefather*, Lamb*

 

* Role debut

 

 

ROH
2

WIND
IN THE WILLOWS

12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 Dec at 7pm

27, 28 Dec, 2, 3, 4 Jan at 2pm and 7pm

15, 22, 29, 30, 31 Dec, 5 Jan at 12.30pm and 5pm

 

 

To celebrate the 10
th
anniversary season, ROH2 will revive its first – and ever popular – Christmas production. Choreographed and directed by
Will Tuckett
, Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale is magically brought to life through dance and a wonderful score by
Martin Ward
that draws inspiration from the music of Edwardian composer George Butterworth. The escapades of the reckless Toad and his long-suffering friends Ratty, Mole and the wise Badger are wittily brought to life by a cast of some of the best dance-actors around. Perfect family entertainment.

 

2013 LONDON INTERNATIONAL MIME FESTIVAL

Harlekin
Derevo: 16, 17
*
, 18 January 2013 at 7.45pm 19 January 2013 at 6pm

The Old King
Les
Ballet C de la B: 21, 22
*
, 23 January 2013 at 7.45pm

Smashed
Gandini Juggling: 24, 25
*
January 2013 at 7.45pm 26 January 2013 at 6pm

*
performance followed by post-show discussion

 

 

Europe's leading annual season of contemporary visual theatre returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre with three groundbreaking shows: Les Ballets C de la B’s visceral hit from the 2012 Avignon Festival, Russia’s multi award-winning physical theatre ensemble, Derevo, and another chance to see last year’s festival hit – Gandini Juggling’s Pina Bausch-inspired,
Smashed
.

 

BALLET BLACK

27, 28 February, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 March 2013 at 8pm

 

 

Associate Company of the Royal Opera House, the award-winning
Ballet Black
, returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre for its eighth season with a showcase of work danced by some of the most exciting classically trained dancers of black and Asian descent around. Fans can expect more enticing dance with new works choreographed by
Javier De Frutos
,
Robert
Binet
,
Ludovic
Ondiviela
and
Christopher
Marney
.

 

THE METAMORPHOSIS

 

16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 March at 7.45pm

23 March at 2pm and 7.45pm

 

 

A revival of the critically acclaimed dance theatre work by Arthur Pita, based on the Kafka novella. Pita has translated into dance the emotional and physical changes experienced by salesman Gregor Samsa, danced by Olivier award-winning Royal Ballet principal dancer
Edward Watson
, when he inexplicably finds himself transformed into an insect, casting new light on the hapless young man’s plight and the consequent reactions of his family. This is accompanied by Frank Moon’s dramatic score, which he performs live, playing a number of instruments solo alongside his pre-recorded soundscape, and Simon Daw’s stark design in traverse and Guy Hoare’s atmospheric lighting.

 

Theoriginal performances of
The Metamorphosis
in September 2011 have attracted a number of honours: winner of the 2012 Southbank Sky Arts Award for Dance;
Edward Watson
won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his portrayal of Gregor Samsa; and ROH2 was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production for
The Metamorphosis.

 

Edward Watson
performs the role of Gregor Samsa, alongside other members of the original cast who portray his family and others whose lives are touched by his strange transformation.
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I keep wondering if the names are in the wrong order, but am taking it that Valeri Hristov is dancing Onegin, hope so anyway!

 

Hristov is dancing Onegin - I had the opportunity to ask him recently. Prior to that he is doing Albrecht in his native Bulgaria (and during the summer was Jean de Brienne in Raymonda in Cape Town. "There's a duel and I win!" he told me).

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'...>Chen see myech<...'

 

Thank you, toursenlair, and to John for his information on the vital 'ch' sound.

 

Incidentally, I don't think I would recognise this dancer and so went looking for the brief biogs and photos (of RB dancers) that used to be available online but now can't find them. Can anyone point them out?

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'...>Chen see myech<...'

 

Except I thought he pronounced the middle syllable starting with a "sh" the other day ...

 

Incidentally, I don't think I would recognise this dancer and so went looking for the brief biogs and photos (of RB dancers) that used to be available online but now can't find them. Can anyone point them out?

 

He's not difficult to spot, Ann: I think he's probably the only blond male dancer in the company! Very chiselled cheekbones, reasonably tall ...

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Incidentally, I don't think I would recognise this dancer and so went looking for the brief biogs and photos (of RB dancers) that used to be available online but now can't find them. Can anyone point them out?

 

The RB website still hasn't reinstated dancer bios and photos - very poor show. Lots of photos of Dawid T via Google.

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According to a Polish friend: Chen see myech (myech is one syllable like "nyet", last consonant as in loch or Bach). Not sure yet which syllable gets stressed if any.

 

I've been told (jokingly) that it's like saying "Ten Aerosmith" really quickly :lol:

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