9 March 2017 at 3.29pm | 20 Comments
With its themes of motherhood and separation of families as a result of war, the symphony is often associated with the Holocaust, although the composer denied this association. In 2017, however, these themes take on a new meaning in the context of the refugee crisis; a subject Pite feels unable to ignore.
'I feel that… this creation is my way of coping with the world at the moment,' she explains.
'As I’ve been working on the piece I feel a sense of being overwhelmed and being crushed or pressurized by the subject. I wonder if I have the capacity to manage something so overwhelming; but it’s through dance, only through dance, that I have any hope of speaking clearly and truthfully about something that I care so deeply about.'
The work, Pite's first for The Royal Ballet, explores the displacement of millions of refugees across the world, using a cast of 36 dancers to portray a large-scale portrait before zooming in to focus on individual, human relationships.
'One of the things I love about working in theatre is that collaborative aspect,' she says, 'the feeling of building something together that is bigger than all of us.'
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The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern runs 16–24 March 2017. Tickets are still available.
The mixed programme is staged with generous philanthropic support from the Taylor Family Foundation.
Flight Pattern is staged with generous philanthropic support from Richard and Delia Baker and Sue Butcher. After the Rain is staged with generous philanthropic support from Kenneth and Susan Green.