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Watch: Beatriz Stix-Brunell on Raven Girl

The Royal Ballet Soloist is relishing performing in Wayne McGregor's fairytale-inspired ballet.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

12 October 2015 at 3.13pm | Comment on this article

Royal Ballet Soloist Beatriz Stix-Brunell is making her role debut as the title character in Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl during its current run. It's a part that she's very excited to perform:

'I covered the role when it first premiered a few years ago', she says. 'I remember at the end of the run, Wayne said to me, "Next time you'll give it a go". Of course I was immediately excited.'

The New York City-born dancer has found it fascinating to work with McGregor: 'It's almost like a mathematical equation when you're working in the studio with him. His mind works in shapes - there are patterns of geometry, inversing, reversing, counting backwards, and going in different directions.'

The ballet is based on a illustrated fairytale by Time-Traveler's Wife author Audrey Niffenegger, and Beatriz regularly consults the source material when rehearsing:

'Throughout the day I refer to little sections from the book so that I can visualize the story. They're beautiful illustrations.'

Typically for a McGregor work, Raven Girl places strong demands on its performers, particularly in the final few minutes:

'The pas de deux at the end of the ballet is very strenuous', says Beatriz. 'It's seven-and-a-half minutes of lifting and running around with one another. It's the culmination of her happiness - she's found her soul-mate, the person that she knows that she can be herself with. This is when we finally see her as the person she wants to be.'

Watch more films like this on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel:

Raven Girl / Connectome  runs until 24 October 2015. Tickets are still available.

The mixed programme is staged with generous philanthropic support from the Connoisseurs’ Series.

Connectome is staged with generous philanthropic support from Richard and Delia Baker and Peter Lloyd.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

12 October 2015 at 3.13pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Beatriz Stix-Brunell, by Alastair Marriott, by Wayne McGregor, Connectome, Film, Production, Raven Girl, Raven Girl / Connectome, Rehearsal, Ryoichi Hirano

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