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11 November 2013
What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Mixed Programme?
8 November 2013
From Lady Gaga and the Bolshoi to Freddie Mercury and The Royal Ballet, pop and ballet are fascinated by each other.
5 November 2013
Monica Mason rehearses with Claudia Dean, and Barry Wordsworth demonstrates how to conduct a work built on revolutionary rhythms.
4 November 2013
A guide to The Royal Ballet’s exhilarating mixed programme.
31 October 2013
With The Rite of Spring returning, we look at some of Stravinsky's other iconic ballet scores.
10 October 2013
The Royal Ballet Principal answers your questions before her return to the stage in Romeo and Juliet.
5 June 2013
Chance to Dance and Youth Opera team up for unique event.
29 May 2013
The iconic ballet had its premiere century ago today.
6 December 2012
From The Rite of Spring to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, ballet's specially-created roles.
16 November 2012
Take a look at behind the scenes images of one of ballet's great choreographers.
Chroma provides the sensational opening for this Royal Ballet mixed programme. With its stark white set, designed by architect John Pawson, and costumes that outline the body’s contours as the dancers explore their physical limits, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma looks as groundbreaking today as it did at its 2006 premiere.
Former Royal Ballet School pupil David Dawson is much admired in Europe for his boldly imaginative choreography. His first work for The Royal Ballet is eagerly awaited. Dawson has chosen music by electronic artist Greg Haines and will work with designers Eno Henze and Yumiko Takeshima to bring his distinctive vision to the stage.
Kenneth MacMillan’s The Rite of Spring brings the programme to a cathartic close. One hundred years after its premiere, Stravinsky’s propulsive music still has the power to shock. MacMillan’s choreography demands attention too, not least through the stunning use of the corps de ballet. Sets and costumes in sunbaked yellows and reds by Sidney Nolan intensify the increasingly frenzied atmosphere.