Watch: Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal
Look under the bonnet of two new ballets with their choreographers and members of The Royal Ballet.
Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon recently gave an ROH Insights audience a taste of their two new works for The Royal Ballet, titled 24 Preludes and Aeternum respectively. The ballets will be performed alongside George Balanchine’s Apollo as part of a Mixed Programme.
As well as rehearsing their works, the two choreographers were also interviewed and, as well as introducing their pieces, spoke about the pressures of choreographing for what Christopher called an increasingly ‘hungry’ audience. Alexei also spoke of his first experience of working with the Company: ‘They are wonderful professionals, they know how to act, how to dance’. He also commented on his choreographic method and adapting his style to the company he is working with.
Alexei’s piece is his debut work with the Company and the session saw him rehearsing 24 Preludes with Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson. The piece is set to Chopin’s Preludes [Spotify] but the music will be performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – rather than by a pianist – when the ballet is fully staged. The choreographer told the audience at the Insight: ‘Four couples will be dancing, each of them will have solos, duets, trios and quartets’.
Christopher’s Aeternum was rehearsed with James Hay, Thiago Soares and Claire Calvert. The piece is set to Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem [Spotify] with the session focusing on a solo by James and a pas de deux for Thiago and Claire.