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Valentino Zuchetti in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Artists of the Royal Ballet in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Yuhui Choe in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Steven McRae in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011

Tristan Dyer, Fernando Montaño, Marcelino Sambé and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Valentino Zuchetti and Artists of the Royal Ballet in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Francesca Hayward, James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Nicol Edmonds in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet © ROH /Johan Persson , 2014

Edward Watson in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet © ROH /Johan Persson , 2014

Sarah Lamb in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Thiago Soares in Gloria © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Sarah Lamb in Gloria, with Thiago Soares and Carlos Acosta © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Gloria © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Gloria © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Sarah Lamb and Thiago Soares in Gloria © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Carlos Acosta in Gloria © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Sarah Lamb in Gloria, with Thiago Soares and Carlos Acosta © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Carlos Acosta in Gloria © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Sarah Lamb in Gloria © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Rhapsody / Tetractys - The Art of Fugue / Gloria

A celebration of three defining choreographers of The Royal Ballet: Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan and Wayne McGregor.

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Background

In 1980 Frederick Ashton created Rhapsody to celebrate the distinctive techniques of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lesley Collier, using Rachmaninoff’s exhilarating Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The energy and style of the two solo roles beautifully complement the virtuoso piano playing.

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor continues to explore the connections between the arts in his keenly anticipated new ballet, which is set to music by J.S. Bach. The work is brought to the main stage with designs by Tauba Auerbach and lighting designs by Lucy Carter.

The programme is brought to a close by Gloria, MacMillan’s poignant tribute to the fallen of World War I, set to Poulenc’s sublime choral music. As soldiers stagger across a barren landscape, they encounter ghostly figures in grey – angels who both comfort them and lead them towards death. Gloria is another searing MacMillan masterpiece.