Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern. It was last on stage 16–24 March 2017 as part of the Winter 2016/17 season.
The Royal Ballet celebrates the diversity and richness of contemporary ballet with a mixed programme that includes an established classic, a recent work and a world premiere: David Dawson’s first work for The Royal Ballet, an acclaimed ballet by Christopher Wheeldon and a new creation by Crystal Pite.
Pite is one of the hottest names in dance today; her many awards include an Olivier and a Critics’ Circle Award for Polaris at Sadler’s Wells. She makes her Royal Ballet debut with a large-scale ensemble work to music by Górecki. Dawson is a leading figure in European ballet and in 2005 became the first British choreographer to create a new work for the Mariinsky Ballet. His 2013 ballet The Human Seasons for The Royal Ballet was inspired by Keats’s poem of the same name, which describes the course of a human life. Wheeldon created After the Rain in 2005 for New York City Ballet to music by Arvo Pärt. This abstract work in two parts has found an extraordinary resonance with audiences around the world.
News and features
17 March 2017
A round-up of reviews of The Royal Ballet's mixed programme of work by three contemporary choreographers – Crystal Pite, Christopher Wheeldon and David Dawson.
16 March 2017
Combining elements of classical ballet with a powerful sense of drama, Pite is one of today’s most talked-about choreographers.
15 March 2017
Cast changes have been announced for upcoming performances of the mixed programme.
9 March 2017
The Canadian choreographer's new work for The Royal Ballet addresses the refugee crisis.
7 March 2017
Videos from international dance companies give an insight into what makes this pioneering British choreographer so exciting.
2 March 2017
Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme of compelling contemporary ballet.