The Royal Ballet School Summer Season details at The Royal Opera House

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  • The Royal Ballet School announces details of this year’s Summer Season at the Linbury Studio Theatre and on the main stage of the Royal Opera House from Wednesday 29 June – Friday 8 July.  

 

  • Summer Season 2011 commemorates ten years since the death of Dame Ninette de Valois and features her 1936 classic Checkmate together with works by Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, David Bintley, John Cranko and John Neumeier.

 

  • The climax of the Summer Season is the end of year performance on the main stage of the Royal Opera House on Friday 8 July at 7.30pm, 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 29 June – Saturday 2 July and culminates with the end of year performance on the main stage of the Royal Opera House on Friday 8 July at 7.30pm.

The programme for this year’s Summer Season has been devised to commemorate ten years since the death of The Royal Ballet School’s founder, Dame Ninette de Valois, and includes one performance only of Checkmate on the main stage of the Royal Opera House on 8 July.

Checkmate was created by de Valois and composer Arthur Bliss and is widely considered to be de Valois’ signature ballet as well as one of the great cornerstones of the British ballet repertoire. A masterpiece of neo-classical ballet, Checkmate is a dramatic, stirring work and sees the stage transformed into a massive chessboard. The ballet was first performed by the Vic-Wells Ballet at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Paris on 15 June, 1937 with its British premiere a few months later on 15 October at Sadler’s Wells.

The Summer Season also features important heritage works created by choreographers who were taught and influenced by de Valois: Sir Frederick Ashton’s Monotones 2, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s The Four Seasons, David Bintley’s En Bateau, John Neumeier’s Spring & Fall, and John Cranko’s Opus 1.

The new generation of choreographers is represented by Liam Scarlett, a former student of The Royal Ballet School and First Artist with The Royal Ballet. His Danse Bohémienne will also be performed during the Summer Season.

Director of The Royal Ballet School, Gailene Stock AM comments: ‘Since it was founded by Ninette de Valois in 1926, The Royal Ballet School has been committed to identifying and developing choreographic talent in its students. In this tenth year since her death, we are proud to be presenting a wide range of works which embody this philosophy and illuminate the extent of the influence de Valois had on her protégés.  The Summer Season programme represents both a tremendous opportunity to engage our students in the choreographic language of their School’s past and a rare opportunity for the public to appreciate our rich choreographic heritage’.

The programme for the Summer Season will also include works created especially for the students by their teachers as well as new pieces choreographed by students, together with national dances and excerpts from the classical repertoire.

The Summer Season is brought to a spectacular climax on 8 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.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

The Royal Ballet School – Summer Season 2011

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

Wednesday 29 June, Thursday 30 June, Friday 1 July at 7.30pm

Saturday 2 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Box Office: 020 7304 4000 or online at the Royal Opera House website.

PROGRAMME INCLUDES A SELECTION FROM :

 Danse Bohémienne

Choreography: Liam Scarlett

Music: Georges Bizet, La jolie fille de Perth 

 

En Bateau

Choreography: David Bintley

Music: Claude Debussy

 

Monotones 2

Choreography: Frederick Ashton

Music: Erik Satie, Trois Gymnopédies

The Four Seasons (excerpt)

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan

Music: Giuseppe Verdi, various

Sponsored by Nicolas & Jane Ferguson

Spring & Fall

Choreography: John Neumeier

Music: Antonin Dvorak, Serenade for Strings

Sponsored by Timothy & Madeleine Plaut and Isabelle Ross

  

Opus 1

Choreography: John Cranko

Music: Anton Webern,  Passacaglia

Sponsored by Nigel and Candida Hurst-Brown

 

The Nutcracker – The Waltz of the Flowers

Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov.

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake – Act 1 pas de quatre

Choreography: Frederick Ashton after Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov.

Choreography by Royal Ballet School students and staff

 

 

National and folk dances

The Royal Ballet School – Summer Season 2011

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (main stage):

End of year performance

Friday 8 July at 7.30pm

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

PROGRAMME INCLUDES

CheckmateChoreography: Ninette de Valois

Music: Arthur Bliss

Sponsored by International Dance Supplies

 

En Bateau

Choreography: David Bintley

Music: Claude Debussy

Monotones 2

Choreography: Frederick Ashton

Music: Erik Satie, Trois Gymnopédies

The Four Seasons (excerpt)

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan

Music: Giuseppe Verdi, various

Sponsored by Nicolas & Jane Ferguson

Spring & FallChoreography: John Neumeier

Music: Antonin Dvorak, Serenade for Strings

Sponsored by Timothy & Madeleine Plaut and Isabelle Ross

Opus 1

Choreography: John Cranko

Music: Anton Webern, Passacaglia

Sponsored by Nigel and Candida Hurst-Brown

 

Danse Bohémienne

Choreography: Liam Scarlett

Music: Georges Bizet, La jolie fille de Perth

 

Grand Défilé

Choreography: Teachers of The Royal Ballet School

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

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One Response to “The Royal Ballet School Summer Season details at The Royal Opera House”

  1. Couture Carrie Says:

    So exciting!
    Wish I could attend!

    xoxox,
    CC