WORLD PREMIERE OF CONNECTOME BY ALASTAIR MARRIOTT with The Royal Ballet.
WORLD PREMIERE OF CONNECTOME, A NEW ONE ACT BALLET BY
ALONGSIDE TWO CLASSICS BY FREDERICK ASHTON AND JEROME ROBBINS
Saturday 31 May – Friday 13 June
LONDON/ GREAT BRITAIN: Alastair Marriott’s new work Connectome receives its world premiere as the centrepiece of this final programme of the Royal Ballet Season surrounded by two light-hearted classics; Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, his celebrated interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Jerome Robbin’s gloriously funny The Concert.
Connectome is Marriott’s first commission for The Royal Ballet since Trespass for Metamorphsis: Titian 2012, a collaboration with Christopher Wheeldon. This new ballet offers another exciting opportunity to see Marriott’s distinctive and classically inspired choreography. The name of the work describes the comprehensive map of the neural connections in the brain – a ‘wiring diagram’.
With music by the outstanding Estonian composer Arvo Pärt including his ‘Lord’s Prayer’ sung by a boy soprano, the creative talents of award winning designer Es Devlin in her first set design for The Royal Ballet, and an immersive installation by lighting designer Bruno Poet, this new work is much anticipated. Principal dancers Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae and Edward Watson lead the cast and Music Director Barry Wordsworth conducts.
Frederick Ashton’s The Dream premiered in 1964 and this 50th anniversary revival also coincides with the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.
The Dream captures all the comic confusion of Shakespeare’s play in inventive choreography with the tempestuous Oberon and Titania, the high-spirited misadventures of the two pairs of mortal lovers combining with the humorous cavorting of Bottom, a role famous for putting a male dancer en pointe.
Felix Mendelssohn’s much loved incidental music including the well-known Overture, Scherzo, Nocturne and Wedding March provides a perfect partner to Ashton’s choreography.
The final work in the programme is Jerome Robbins’s The Concert. A brilliantly funny piece exposing the wandering thoughts and desires of an audience at a Chopin piano recital, the result is a beautifully crafted spoof of a classical music concert and even of classical ballet itself.
The Concert had its premiere in New York in 1956 and entered the repertory of The Royal Ballet in 1975. Robbins, famous for his Oscar-winning choreography of the original West Side Story, brings his unique and imaginative choreographic flair to this humorous piece.
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THE DREAM – FREDERICK ASHTON
CONNECTOME – ALASTAIR MARRIOTT
THE CONCERT – JEROME ROBBINS
Saturday 31 May – Friday 13 June, Royal Opera House
Evening Performance at 7.00pm
Saturday 31 May
Evening Performances at 7.30pm
Thursday 5, Friday 6, Tuesday 10, Thursday 12, Friday 13 June at 7.30pm
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Generous philanthropic support from Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Celia Blakey and Kristina Rogge (The Dream); Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman and Marina Hobson OBE (Connectome); and The Fonteyn Circle (The Concert)
31 May at 7pm, 5 June at 7.30pm
6 and 12 June at 7.30pm
10 and 13 June at 7.30pm
31 May at 7pm, 5, 10, 13 June at 7.30pm
6 and 12 June at 7.30pm