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The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude / Tarantella / Strapless / Symphonic Dances

The Royal Ballet

Virtuoso dance from The Royal Ballet in a programme that includes Forsythe and Balanchine classics, Wheeldon’s 2016 narrative ballet and a Scarlett world premiere.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude / Tarantella / Strapless / Symphonic Dances. It was last on stage 18–31 May 2017 as part of the Summer 2016/17 season.


The breathtaking skill and artistry of the dancers of The Royal Ballet are the driving force of this mixed programme, which includes two miniature masterpieces from William Forsythe and George Balanchine, the first revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s narrative ballet Strapless and the world premiere of Symphonic Dances, a new abstract ballet by Liam Scarlett.

The title of Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude says it all – a breathtaking, blistering work set to the final movement of Schubert’s ‘Great’ Symphony, in which the musicality and technique of the five dancers are pushed to their limits. There’s the same sense of virtuoso display in Balanchine’s Tarantella, a pas de deux bursting with wit and swagger. Wheeldon’s Strapless explores hypocrisy, ambition and desire, and features a brilliant ballerina role at its centre; The Guardian called it ‘a superb piece of stagecraft’ at the 2016 premiere. Closing the mixed programme is Symphonic Dances, a new abstract work from Liam Scarlett, Artist in Residence at The Royal Ballet and a choreographer in demand around the world.

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