Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Raven Girl / Connectome. It was last on stage 6–24 October 2015 as part of the Autumn 2015/16 season.
Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet Wayne McGregor created Raven Girl in 2013. For this dark, modern fairytale he collaborated with Audrey Niffenegger, visual artist and award-winning author of The Time-Traveller’s Wife. Together they tell an unsettling tale that looks back to the fairytale ballets of the past but with a distinctly modern psychological depth and elements of surrealism. Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) provides the score, with immersive video designs by Ravi Deepres, gothic-inspired designs by Vicki Mortimer and atmospheric lighting by Lucy Carter and Simon Bennison.
Alastair Marriott, choreographer and Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet, created Connectome in 2014. He took inspiration from neuroscientist Dr Sebastian Seung’s theories on how personality is determined not by genes but by our neural connections – the map of the brain, or ‘connectome’. Marriott tells the story of a lone woman whose identity is shaped by the connections she makes and her interactions with those around her. Set to music by Arvo Pärt and with spectacular designs by Es Devlin and video designer Luke Halls, Connectome is an elegiac work of loss, in which Marriott’s choreographic language of extended classical ballet yields images of astonishing beauty.
News and features
12 October 2015
The Royal Ballet Soloist is relishing performing in Wayne McGregor's fairytale-inspired ballet.
7 October 2015
What did you think of the double bill of Wayne McGregor and Alastair Marriott's ballets, inspired by literature and science respectively?
2 October 2015
Five hours of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes insights from The Royal Ballet.
25 September 2015
This neuroscience-inspired pas de deux from Alastair Marriott’s acclaimed ballet powerfully evokes a sense of loss on a journey through life.
21 September 2015
Our quick introduction to this double programme of ballets by Wayne McGregor and Alastair Marriott – one inspired by science, the other by literature.
24 May 2013
The Oscar-winning film composer tells Jessica Duchen what drew him to soundtrack Wayne McGregor's new ballet.