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Ballo/Live Fire Exercise/DGV: in brief

By Royal Opera House

13 May 2011 at 10.15am | Comment on this article

Today is the day for new ballet triple: Ballo della regina / Live Fire Exercise / Danse à Grande Vitesse. We’ve pulled together some facts, figures, interviews, and backstage footage, to help you gen up on these three extraordinary works. One of which is a world premiere (Live Fire Exercise), one a Company first (Ballo), and the last a much loved Company favourite (DGV).

Ballo della regina / Live Fire Exercise / Danse à Grande Vitesse.  Tickets: £40.80 - £3.10


Ballo della regina:

A perfect curtain raiser for this fast-paced ballet night. Balanchine’s bubbly and brilliant reimagining of Verdi's forgotten ballet score from Don Carlo. It's full of  joie de vivre, fun and  fiendishly difficult footwork.

READ: an interview with Balanchine's muse Merrill Ashley with rehearsal pictures, and read our Discover page with essential facts and figures

WATCH: a film of Merrill Ashley discussing Ballo and  rehearsing The Royal Ballet's dancers for it.


Live Fire Exercise:

Wayne McGregor’s latest new work for The Royal Ballet, a collaboration with the visual artist John Gerrard, a creator of ‘real-time virtual worlds’.

READ: Our Discover page, with facts, figures, and an extended interview with McGregor and Gerrard. They discuss Michael Tippett’s music, inspiration from Frederick Ashton, the distant African land of Djoubuti, and the origin of the term ‘live fire exercise’.

WATCH: A slideshow with audio detailing the visual inspiration for this new ballet.


Dance à grande vitesse:

Christopher Wheeldon’s witty choreographic response to Michael Nyman’s 1993 MGV (Musique à Grand Vitesse - High-Speed Music), commissioned for the inauguration of the French high speed train, the TGV, on its first North-European line.

READ: Our Discover page with all the facts and figures

WATCH: A film of Christopher Wheeldon and the designer Jean-Marc Puissant discussing the DGV/TGV/MGV family tree.


Bonus Audio

Have a listen to some of the recent coverage this remarkable triple has been getting:

BBC Radio 4 Front Row - approx 12.50 mins in. Wayne McGregor talks to Mark Lawson about his new ballet Live Fire Exercise

BBC Radio 3 In Tune - approx 31.40 mins in, interview with Michael Nyman who composed the music for DGV: Danse a grande vitesse.

BBC Radio 3 In Tune - approx 1:06.15 mins in, Merrill Ashley talks about Ballo della Regina:

Ballo della regina / Live Fire Exercise / Danse à Grande Vitesse.  Tickets: £40.80 - £3.10

By Royal Opera House

13 May 2011 at 10.15am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballo della regina, dgv, live fire exercise, The Royal Ballet

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