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Christina Arestis and Marcelino Sambé in Ceremony of Innocence ©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014

Steven McRae in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014

Laura Morera and Steven McRae in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety © ROH.Bill Cooper 2014

Laura Morera in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety ©ROH. Bill Cooper 2014.

Itziar Mendizabal, Alexander Campbell, Deidre Chapman and Johannes Stepanek in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © Aldeburgh Music / Rob Marrison 2014

Alexander Campbell and Itziar Mendizabal in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © Aldeburgh Music / Rob Marrison 2014

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Edward Watson in Ceremony of Innocence ©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014

Tristan Dyer in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety ©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014

Tristan Dyer in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety ©ROH. Bill Cooper 2014.

Laura Morera and Steven McRae in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety ©ROH. Bill Cooper 2014.

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © Aldeburgh Music / Rob Marrison 2014

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Tristan Dyer in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety ©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014

Tristan Dyer in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety ©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014

The cast in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety ©ROH. Bill Cooper 2014.

Bennet Gartside, Tristan Dyer, Steven McRae and Laura Morera in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety ©ROH. Bill Cooper 2014.

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Kim Brandstrup, Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © Henrik Bjerregrav 2014

Christina Arestis and Edward Watson in Ceremony of Innocence ©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014

Laura Morera, Steven McRae, Tristan Dyer and Bennet Gartside in Liam Scarlett's The Age of Anxiety ©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014

Alexander Campbell and Sarah Lamb in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety ©ROH. Bill Cooper 2014.

Liam Scarlett in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety ©ROH. Bill Cooper 2014.

James Hay in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Kim Brandstrup, Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © Henrik Bjerregrav 2014

Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Aeternum © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Ceremony of Innocence / The Age of Anxiety / Aeternum

A Scarlett world premiere and two recent works by Brandstrup and Wheeldon: contemporary ballet at its finest.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Ceremony of Innocence / The Age of Anxiety / Aeternum. It was last on stage 7–17 November 2014 as part of the Autumn 2014/15 season.

Background

Music from the period of World War II is the setting for three new and recent works from leading figures of contemporary ballet, all closely associated with The Royal Ballet. Kim Brandstrup created his Ceremony of Innocence for the Britten centenary. It was first performed at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival by dancers of The Royal Ballet, and is presented by the Company in the work's London premiere. Brandstup sets Britten's brilliant early work Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (1937) in an elegiac study of lost youth, with exquisite video designs by Leo Warner.

Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has won acclaim worldwide for his sharply distinctive aesthetic. He creates a new, dark narrative work for The Royal Ballet, setting Leonard Bernstein's brooding Symphony no.2, 'The Age of Anxiety' (1949).

The programme closes with Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon's Olivier Award-winning Aeternum, created on The Royal Ballet in 2013. Like Brandstrup, Wheeldon also marked the Britten centenary, setting the composer’s harrowing Sinfonia da requiem (1940). In Wheeldon's hands it becomes a powerful tribute to the fallen.

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