The Royal Ballet School announces details of its Summer Season 2012

June 24, 2012

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The Royal Ballet School announces details of its Summer Season 2012 at the Linbury Studio Theatre and on the main stage of the Royal Opera House from Wednesday 4 – 7 and 15 July.

ballet dancers on stage in tutus

Grand Defile Photograph : Johan Persson

The Royal Ballet School Summer Season 2012 features choreography by former students of The Royal Ballet School including world premieres of works by Matthew Hart and Alastair Marriott, together with the School’s first-ever performances of a work by the celebrated Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian.

The climax of the Summer Season is the end-of-year performance on the main stage of the Royal Opera House on Sunday 15 July at 12 noon, culminating in the spectacular Grand Défilé featuring more than 200 students in an exuberant finale.

The Royal Ballet School’s annual Summer Season opens with five performances at the Linbury Studio Theatre from Wednesday 4 July – Saturday 7 July and culminates with the end-of-year performance on the main stage of the Royal Opera House on Sunday 15 July.

The 2012 programme showcases the choreography of former students of The Royal Ballet School, including world premieres of Simple Symphony by Alastair Marriott and Games for Gods, a work specially commissioned from Matthew Hart to commemorate the London Olympic Games. Also included is Jiri Kylian’s Un Ballo, celebrating the first-ever performance by The Royal Ballet School of a work by the influential Czech choreographer and former student. Together with celebrated choreographer John Neumeier’s Yondering, the presentation of works by former students celebrates the School’s historic commitment to choreographic training.

The programme also includes the upbeat, contemporary Uneven Ground choreographed by Paul Boyd.

Excerpts from some of the great heritage ballets will also be performed including Paquita and Raymonda.

Director of The Royal Ballet School, Gailene Stock AM comments: ‘I am thrilled to be able to present such a wide range of choreographic styles by former and current students for our end-of-year performances 2012. This reflects the School’s commitment to developing choreographic talent and continuing to contribute to world choreography – the life-blood of our art form. We are particularly excited to be celebrating in public the work of the great Jiri Kylian with these performances of Un Ballo and to present world premieres from the new generation of choreographers Alastair Marriott and Matthew Hart. We are deeply grateful to Summer Season sponsor Imagination for its continued support of our work and to the generosity of the sponsors of the individual ballets.’

To complete the programme, works choreographed by The Royal Ballet School’s artistic staff and students will be performed together with a range of national and character dances.

The Summer Season is brought to a spectacular climax on 15 July with the breathtaking display of more than 200 students filling the stage of the Royal Opera House in the exuberant and fast-moving Grand Défilé.

The Royal Ballet School Summer Season 2012 is generously sponsored by Imagination.

The Royal Ballet School – Summer Season 2012

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
Wednesday 4 July, Thursday 5 June and Friday 6 July at 7.30pm Saturday 2 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Box Office: 020 7304 4000 and online at The Royal Opera House website

PROGRAMME INCLUDES A SELECTION FROM

Jubilation

Choreography: Antonio Castilla and Diane van Schoor

Music: Alexander Glasunov Dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Morison, an ardent admirer of The Royal Ballet School

Yonderling

Choreography: John Neumeier

Music: Stephen Foster songs

Sponsored by Christopher Gorman-Evans

Uneven Ground

Choreography: Paul Boyd

Music: Mercedes Sosa

Sponsored by William and Penna Wells

Simple Symphony*

Choreography: Alastair Marriott

Music: Benjamin Britten

Sponsored by William and Judith Bollinger (Singapore)- The Sir Peter Wright Choreographic Programme

Games for Gods*

Choreography: Matthew Hart

Music: Benjamin Britten

Sponsored by William and Judith Bollinger (Singapore) – The Sir Peter Wright Choreographic Programme

Un Ballo**

Choreography: Jiri Kylian

Music: Maurice Ravel

Sponsored by Richard O’Connell and The Klifinan Trust

Raymonda – excerpt

Choreography : Marius Petipa

Music: Alexander Glasunov Sponsored by Michael and Morven Heller

Paquita – excerpt

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Music: Léon Minkus

Sponsored by International Dance Supplies

Repertoire also includes choreography by Royal Ballet School students and a selection of national and folk dances

* world premiere

**RBS premiere

The Royal Ballet School – Summer Season 2011
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (main stage): End of year performance
Sunday 15 July at 12 noon

Box Office: 020 7304 4000 or online as before

PROGRAMME INCLUDES

Jubilation

Choreography: Antonio Castilla and Diane van Schoor

Music: Alexander Glasunov

Dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Morison, an ardent admirer of The Royal Ballet School

Games for Gods*

Choreography: Matthew Hart

Music: Benjamin Britten

Sponsored by William and Judith Bollinger (Singapore) – The Sir Peter Wright Choreographic Programme

Simple Symphony*

Choreography: Alastair Marriott

Music: Benjamin Britten

Sponsored by William and Judith Bollinger (Singapore) – The Sir Peter Wright Choreographic Programme

Un Ballo**

Choreography: Jiri Kylian

Music: Maurice Ravel

Sponsored by Richard O’Connell and The Klifinan Trust

Interval

Uneven Ground

Choreography: Paul Boyd

Music: Mercedes Sosa

Sponsored by William and Penna Wells

Yonderling

Choreography: John Neumeier

Music: Stephen Foster songs

Sponsored by Christopher Gorman-Evans

Paquita – excerpt

Music: Léon Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Sponsored by International Dance Supplies

Grand Défilé

Choreography: Teachers of The Royal Ballet School

Music: Karl Czerny, Études arranged and orchestrated by Knudage Riisager

* world premiere

**RBS premiere

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