THE ROYAL BALLET TAKES ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, SWAN LAKE AND A GALA PROGRAMME TO JAPAN

April 19, 2013

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THE ROYAL BALLET TAKES ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, SWAN LAKE AND A GALA PROGRAMME TO JAPAN

 

Friday 5 to Sunday 14 July 2013

 

The Royal Ballet returns to the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo with three exciting programmes including the Asian premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake, one of the signature works from the Company’s repertory. The Company will also present A Gala Evening with The Royal Ballet showcasing the breadth and range of heritage and contemporary choreography for which The Royal Ballet is renowned.

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has just finished its third sell-out Season at the Royal Opera House. When it premiered in 2011 it was the first new full-length ballet to be created for the Company since 1995.  It is a spectacular production set to Joby Talbot’s lively and evocative score which was specially commissioned for the ballet, with quirky and inventive designs by Bob Crowley which draw on puppetry and projections to bring to life the colourful world of Wonderland.

 

Swan Lake is one of the best loved and most famous works in the ballet repertory and Dowell’s production has become a Royal Ballet classic. Tchaikovsky’s passionate score complements the dramatic battle that unfolds between love and the dark powers of the supernatural. With sumptuous designs by Yolanda Sonnabend inspired by the work of Fabergé, scenes of the magical splendour of the Russian imperial court and a haunting moonlit lake are brought to life.

 

On Wednesday 10 July the Company presents A Gala Evening with The Royal Ballet showcasing the versatility of the dancers and celebrating the breadth of choreography within The Royal Ballet repertory. The Gala features a number of classic pas de deux from ballets including Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty and also works from the Company’s Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton including Voices of Spring, his pas de quatre from Swan Lake and the final scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling. The finale from George Balanchine’s Symphony in C is included alongside more contemporary pieces: Qualia by Wayne McGregor (Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer), After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon (Royal Ballet Artistic Associate), Jubilee pas de deux by Liam Scarlett (Royal Ballet Artist in Residence) and In the Hothouse by Alastair Marriott.

 

Based at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, The Royal Ballet has 95 dancers from almost 20 different nationalities and is led by Director Kevin O’Hare.

 

In addition to performing at the Royal Opera House, the Company reaches a far wider audience and has performed at London’s 02 arena in front of 47,000 people, is seen by many more thousands across the world through the ROH Live Cinema Season (broadcast now in over 32 countries), and through BBC broadcasts and the BP Big Screen relays. Royal Ballet LIVE, a full day of special activity broadcast live online, has to date now been seen by more than one million people.

 

International touring continues to play an important role in the Company’s core activities. Already this year seven of the Company’s Principal dancers together with singers from the Royal Opera House have performed in Rio de Janeiro in three Gala performances which sat alongside a special education symposium themed on ballet and dance. Dancers from the Company also appeared in Derry-   Londonderry, Northern Ireland as part of its UK City of Culture programme.

 

CASTING

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Friday 5 July and Sunday 7 July      

Alice                                                   Lauren Cuthbertson

Jack/Knave                                         Federico Bonelli

Lewis Carroll/White Rabbit               Edward Watson

Mother/The Queen of Hearts         Zenaida Yanowsky

Magician/The Mad Hatter                  Steven McRae

 

Saturday 6 July (mat)                                   

Alice                                                   Beatriz Stix-Brunell

Jack/Knave                                         Rupert Pennefather

Lewis Carroll/White Rabbit   Brian Maloney

Mother/The Queen of Hearts Itziar Mendizabal

Magician/The Mad Hatter                  TBA

 

Saturday 6 July (eve)           

Alice                                                   Sarah Lamb

Jack/Knave                                         Ricardo Cervera

Lewis Carroll/White Rabbit               Alexander Campbell

Mother/The Queen of Hearts         Laura Morera

Magician/The Mad Hatter                  Steven McRae

 

A Gala Evening with The Royal Ballet

Wednesday 10 July

 

Swan Lake

Friday 12 July (Schools mat)

Odette/Odile   Marianela Nuñez

Prince Siegfried          Thiago Soares

 

Friday 12 July            (eve)

Odette/Odile               Alina Cojocaru

Prince Siegfried          Johan Kobborg

 

 

Saturday 13 July (mat)

Odette/Odile               Roberta Marquez

Prince Siegfried          Steven McRae

 

Saturday 13 July (eve)

Odette/Odile               Sarah Lamb

Prince Siegfried          Carlos Acosta

 

Sunday 14 July

Odette/Odile               Marianela Nuñez

Prince Siegfried          Thiago Soares

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