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Mayuri Boonham creates new work with Royal Ballet dancers

Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate will work with Yuhui Choe and Kenta Kura.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

5 March 2014 at 3.52pm | Comment on this article

Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate Mayuri Boonham will create a double bill of new works entitled Ex nihilo/The Human Edge in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 29 and 30 April 2014. Mayuri is known for combining ballet with contemporary bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form.

First Soloist Yuhui Choe and Soloist Kenta Kura will perform in The Human Edge, a piece inspired by the story of Sati, a Hindu goddess who appears at the mythological moment of creation.

Yuhui, who is currently performing as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, has previously created roles for Wayne McGregor (Infra, Limen, Live Fire Exercise) and Christopher Wheeldon (DGV: Danse à grande vitesse). Last Season, she took part in a Twitter Q&A.

Watch her perform the role of the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty:

Kenta joined The Royal Ballet in 1997 and has since danced in productions including La Bayadère, Mayerling and Romeo and Juliet. He has created roles in productions including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse.

The Human Edge will be performed alongside Ex Nihilo, a piece inspired by the Hymn of Creation from the Hindu text Rig Veda, performed by dancers from ATMA Dance.

Mayuri, who is classically trained in bharatanatyam dance, is Artistic Director and Choreographer for ATMA Dance. Her previous work with The Royal Ballet includes Vāc II, staged as part of Draftworks in April 2013, and Forsaken, a commission from The Royal Opera for the Verdi/Wagner Deloitte Ignite Festival 2013 that featured Royal Ballet artists Yasmine Naghdi, Sander Blommaert and Nicol Edmonds.

As Choreographic Affiliate, Mayuri has had access to rehearsal space at the Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet dancers and mentoring support to create new work. Alexander Whitely, who is also Choreographic Affiliate, will present his new work – The Measure’s Taken – in the Linbury Studio on 15 May.

Ex Nihilo/The Human Edge will be performed on 29 and 30 April. Tickets are available.

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