World premiere for The Royal Ballet School’s End of Year Matinée on 14 July 2013 on the main stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

April 26, 2013

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World premiere for The Royal Ballet School’s End of Year Matinée on 14 July 2013 on the main stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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Performance also features works by Maurice Béjart, Jiří Bubeníček and Valentino Zucchetti.

A specially commissioned one-act ballet entitled La Destinée will be the centrepiece of The Royal Ballet School’s end-of-year matinée on the main stage of the Royal Opera House on 14 July 2013.

Choreographed by the School’s Head of Outreach and Teacher Training, Mark Annear, La Destinée will feature a new score by young British conductor and composer, Michael England to be performed by the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sets and costumes will be designed by British-born alumnus of The Royal Ballet School, Gary Harris.

Sponsored by Stephen and Caroline Butt, La Destinée will showcase the exceptional talent of students from all three years of The Royal Ballet Upper School, and will also feature on stage a quintet made up of students from The Royal Academy of Music playing new string instruments from The Calleva Collection. The first ever collection of its kind in a conservatoire, The Calleva Collection at the Royal Academy of Music is a significant collection of new instruments crafted by the finest makers and commissioned by Stephen and Caroline Butt.

Although not essentially a narrative ballet, La Destinée is set in a palatial European ballroom in the late 1800s and explores a woman’s memories of distant times and past loves as she faces up to the realities of present-day solitude.

Excerpts from Maurice Béjart’s Seven Greek Dances, to music by the great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, will also be performed. Seven Greek Dances was premiered in 1983 by Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century in New York and this version has been restaged especially for The Royal Ballet School by Jean Yves Esquerre who was a member of Béjart’s company.

The young Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček will stage his Canon in D Major, to Pachelbel’s well-known music of the same name. Canon in D Major was originally part of a longer work entitled Le Souffle de l’Esprit, created in 1992 and inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body. Currently a Principal Dancer at the Semperoper Ballet, Dresden, Jiří Bubeníček’s choreography has been performed by New York City Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, The National Ballet of China, North Carolina Dance Theater as well as for his home company in Dresden.

Former student of The Royal Ballet School, Valentino Zucchetti will stage his Sonata for Six to César Franck’s Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano. A Soloist with The Royal Ballet, Valentino Zucchetti first choreographed a piece to Franck’s music for the Company’s Draft Works at the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2011 and Sonata for Six is a development of that original creation.

To showcase the talents of the younger students at the Lower School and the First Year at the Upper School, a new ballet will be created by members of the Royal Ballet School’s Artistic Team, Diane van Schoor and Antonio Castilla, to Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Piano Concerto no. 3 in D Major (also known as the ‘Youth’ Concerto)

The climax of the end-of-year matinee is the spectacular Grand Défilé, featuring all 225 students of the school in a dazzling display of virtuosity.

The Royal Ballet School is most grateful to Imagination for sponsoring the Summer Performances for a third consecutive year and to the following for generously sponsoring the individual ballets:

 

La Destinée, sponsored by The Calleva Foundation

Canon in D Major, sponsored by Christopher Gorman-Evans

Seven Greek Dances, sponsored by Nigel and Candida Hurst Brown

Trio Sonata, sponsored by Hon Anna Birkett

New ballet (title TBA) by Diane van Schoor and Antonio Castilla, sponsored by William and Judith Bollinger as part of the Sir Peter Wright Choreographic Programme

The Royal Ballet School’s Choreographic Training Programme is sponsored by the Royal Opera House Foundation.

Box Office: tickets available via the Royal Opera House website or by phone  +44(0)20 7304 4000

 

Mark Annear, Choreographer of La Destinée

The Royal Ballet School’s Head of Outreach and Teacher Training, Mark Annear was born in Melbourne, Australia and is a graduate of The Australian Ballet School.  He performed with the Dancers Company in 1980 and was accepted into the Australian Ballet in 1981 where he performed a wide number of leading roles. In 1985, while continuing his dancing career, he was appointed Assistant to the Ballet Staff of The Australian Ballet which involved administrative and teaching duties. Mark has worked extensively in vocational dance training for over twenty years. From 1989 – 1991 Mark was Lecturer in Classical Dance at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and from 1992 a senior classical teacher at the Australian Ballet School.  At The Australian Ballet School Mark was appointed to the position of Head of Senior School and Head of Academic Studies in 1998 and in 2009 he was appointed to the position of Head of Teacher Training and Community Access.  From 2011 Mark is the Head of Outreach and Teacher Training at the Royal Ballet School, London. Mark has been a guest teacher and choreographer with a number of schools and companies including West Australian Ballet, Meryl Tankard Company, Compangie Preljocaj, Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Beijing Dance Academy, Canada’s National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School. As a choreographer, Mark has created nearly fifty ballets for The Australian Ballet School, the West Australian Academy of performing Arts, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, West Australian Ballet and the Dancers’ company. Two of Mark’s ballets – Tchaikovsky Suite and Mendelssohn Concerto – have been performed by The Royal Ballet School.

 

Michael England, Composer of La Destinée

Michael England was born in Colchester and studied music at Huddersfield.  Since graduating he has worked as a Musical Director, Supervisor, Conductor and Composer.  For The Royal Ballet he has worked as Cover Conductor on productions of Concerto, The Judas Tree, Giselle, La Valse, Monotones and Marguerite & Armand. In February 2011 Michael made his conducting debut with The Philharmonia Orchestra, in a concert at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of HRH, The Prince of Wales. Other orchestral credits include conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Sinfonietta, the Slovenia Radio Symphony Orchestra, (televised) and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.  In London’s West End, Michael has been Musical Director for Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot, The Producers and Jerry Springer – The Opera (also BBC TV).  Other productions he has conducted include The Sound of Music, Evita, Aspects of Love, Grease, Cats and Miss Saigon.  Michael was invited to open Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables, conducted the new live cast album, and also worked on the recently released film version. He has recently returned from two months in Australia where he was Musical Supervisor for the award winning all male version of The Pirates of Penzance. As a composer he has written music for film, theatre, concert platform and twice for The Royal Ballet (Draft Works, and New Works in the Linbury).  www.michaelengland.info

Gary Harris, Set and Costume Designer of La Destinée

Gary was born in London, and trained at the ArtsEducationalSchool and The Royal Ballet School. He joined London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) in 1978 and was one of the Company’s leading soloists until he left in 1985 to pursue a career as a freelance dancer, performing in West End shows, including On Your Toes, La Cage aux Folles and Phantom of the Opera. He has worked the world over as a dancer, teacher, répétiteur and designer. In 1991 he joined The Royal Ballet as notator and répétiteur, working with choreographers such as William Forsythe and Kenneth MacMillan and re-staging the works of Fredrick Ashton. He assisted Kenneth MacMillan in the first staging of Manon for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1990, and restaged Song of the Earth for the same company in 1996. He was Associate Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet and choreographed a cast of 1,200 performers for the handover of Macau back to China in 1999. Gary was Artistic Director of The Royal New Zealand Ballet from September 2001 – December 2010. For the RNZB, he restaged Swan Lake, Paquita, Coppelia and Giselle. The company premiered his production of The Nutcracker in 2005 and Don Quixote in 2008. Notable design commissions include The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda for The National Ballet of China, Christopher Hampson’s Double Concerto for English National Ballet and Saltarello, Esquisses and The Sleeping Beauty for The Royal New Zealand Ballet. Since returning from New Zealand, Gary has continued re-staging the works of Kenneth MacMillan.

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