28 February 2017 at 5.19pm | 29 Comments
The Royal Ballet will perform a programme of works as part of Hull's UK City of Culture celebrations on 16 September 2017.
The day will involve a number of of Swan Lake-inspired activities across the city and a gala evening opening the newly-refurbished New Theatre, bringing together artists from Hull with Royal Ballet Principals and Soloists.
Dancers will also take part in Take Flight, a community dance project inspired by flying. Choreographed by members of The Royal Ballet and five local dance groups, Take Flight will culminate in 100 performers and members of the community presenting a re-imagined version of the famous cygnet pas de quatre from Swan Lake throughout the city.
Joining The Royal Ballet on stage during the gala will be some of the exciting dance talent emerging in the city today including two of Hull’s own stars from the world of dance: Mariinsky Ballet Soloist Xander Parish and Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Joseph Caley.
Hull-born Kevin O'Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said: 'I am immensely proud of my roots in Hull, and what has been achieved so far in the city’s year as UK City of Culture. For me this opportunity to return to my home city, for the Company to take to the stage in the magnificent setting of Hull’s refurbished New Theatre and to create new links with the young talent of Hull is unique and special for all of us.'
Hull has been the cradle of development of an extraordinary number of ballet and dance stars. The Skelton Hooper School of Dance, led by Vanessa Hooper, who performed with The Royal Ballet, has discovered more talented ballet dancers than any other in the UK. Among these, 24 of its pupils have won places at the Royal Ballet School; Xander Parish is the first ever Briton to dance with Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, and his sister, Demelza, is currently an First Artist with The Royal Ballet.
Generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund