CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY, JACK THE RIPPER, AND HIGH-SPEED ACTION COMBINE FOR AN EXHILARATING TRIPLE BILL AT THE ROYAL BALLET

March 24, 2014

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CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY, JACK THE RIPPER, AND HIGH-SPEED ACTION COMBINE FOR AN EXHILARATING TRIPLE BILL AT THE ROYAL BALLET

Serenade – George Balanchine

Sweet Violets – Liam Scarlett

DGV: Danse à grande vitesse – Christopher Wheeldon

14 – 26 May

The ethereal choreography of George Balanchine’s atmospheric and emotionally subtle Serenade opens the Triple-Bill with a much-loved classic, as the perfect complement to Tchaikovsky’s soaring Serenade for Strings.

In contrast, the seedy underworld of Victorian London provides the setting for Liam Scarlett’s Sweet Violets, in its first performance since its premiere in 2012. Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, takes inspiration from the work of artist Walter Sickert, whose ‘Camden Town Murder’ paintings were based on the gruesome murders of Jack the Ripper. Scarlett’s classical sensibility is set against the backdrop of John MacFarlane’s dark and atmospheric sets, portraying the dangers of Victorian London with a deep emotional punch.

Hurtling forward into a 21st-century aesthetic, Christopher Wheeldon’s award-winning and Olivier-nominated DGV: Danse à grande vitesse brings the programme to an exhilarating close. The ballet was inspired by the French high-speed train line TGV, and is set to a propulsive score by Michael Nyman originally commissioned to commemorate the 1993 inauguration of the TGV line.

 

SERENADE – George Balanchine

SWEET VIOLETS – Liam Scarlett

DGV: DANSE À GRAND VITESSE – Christopher Wheeldon

14, 21, 23 May at 7.30pm / 17 May at 12 noon / 24 May at 7pm/  26 May at 1.30pm and 7pm

 

Serenade is set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

 

Sweet Violets is set to Sergey Rachmaninoff’s 1893 Trio élégiaque

 

DGV: Danse a Grand Vitesse is set to MGV (Musique à grande vitesse) by Michael Nyman

 

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CASTING

SERENADE

14 / 21 / 26 May                                               Marianela Nuñez, Lauren Cuthbertson, Melissa Hamilton*, Matthew Golding*, Ryoichi Hirano*

17 / 26 (mat) / 24 May                                      Sarah Lamb, Natalia Osipova*, Olivia Cowley*, Rupert Pennefather, Valeri Hristov

SWEET VIOLETS

14 / 21 / 26 May

Emily Dimmock: Meaghan Grace Hinkis

Mary-Jane Kelly: Lauren Cuthbertson*

Annie E Crook: Laura Morera

Marie: Leanne Cope

Robert Wood: Thiago Soares

Walter Sickert: Rupert Pennefather*

Eddy: Federico Bonelli

Jack: Steven McRae

17 / 26 (mat) / 24 May

Emily Dimmock: Romany Pajdak

Mary-Jane Kelly: Laura Morera

Annie E Crook: Leanne Cope

Marie: Marianela Nuñez

Robert Wood: Thomas Whitehead

Walter Sickert: Bennet Gartside

Eddy: Ricardo Cervera

Jack: Alexander Campbell

DGV: DANSE À GRANDE VITESSE

14 / 21 / 26 May

Laura Morera*, Zenaida Yanowksy, Edward Watson, Thiago Soares, Natalia Osipova*, Marianela Nuñez, Eric Underwood, Federico Bonelli

17 / 26 (mat) / 24 May                                     

Nehemiah Kish, Tristan Dyer*, Akane Takada*, Ryoichi Hirano, Tierney Heap*, Melissa Hamilton, Itziar Mendizabal, Rupert Pennefather

 

*role debut

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