7 September 2012 at 5.24pm | Comment on this article
The staging of a new ballet at The Royal Ballet involves a lengthy and creative collaboration between the choreographer, costume designer, lighting technician, stage manager and Director of the Company. This pooling of experience is one of the things that makes work generated by the Company so strong, and enables The Royal Ballet to push the boundaries of ballet as an art form.
As Wayne McGregor discussed in his recent BBC Hardtalk interview: “There is a hunger and an appetite amongst the dancers here at to engage with new work and to engage with living choreographers.”
The 2012/13 Season offer dancers a number of opportunities to create new work. One instance of this is our annual Draft Works, which allows members of the Company to put themselves forward to choreograph parts of a mixed programme for the Linbury Studio Theatre.
There are new ballets also in store from three choreographers with proven credentials of creating new work: Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon and Liam Scarlett. Collectively they have produced some of The Royal Ballet’s greatest successes of recent years, including Infra, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Asphodel Meadows.
We have established a New Ballet Works Syndicate to support these choreographers and their productions; two for the main stage and one in the Linbury. Joining a syndicate is a very special way of discovering more about how a production comes together. In this case, each supporter will join us for a series of experiences that will bring the creation of new works to life.
For Wayne McGregor’s new piece, for example, events will include a private orchestra rehearsal - offering a first chance to hear music by award-winning composer Gabriel Yared; invitations to stage rehearsals to see the work come together; and opportunities to meet the dancers and choreographers involved. If you would like to know more about being part of this season's syndicate, two supporters of Les Troyens recently wrote a piece for us about their experience of watching the production develop. It's an amazing way to take a front row seat at the development of a new work.
If you would like more information about syndicates, please contact Deborah Lewis: firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)20 7212 9587.