18 February 2014 at 4.53pm | 4 Comments
'I've always wanted to make a Shakespeare ballet,' says Christopher, 'I think that the biggest challenge for any choreographer tackling Shakespeare is to somehow find a way to infuse that poetry into the choreography and not just use the plot line.'
Christopher's new ballet follows a number of iconic balletic adaptations of the Bard's works, including Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet and Frederick Ashton's The Dream - both staged at Covent Garden this Season.
The Winter's Tale has a reputation as a problem play but Christopher believes it will translate well to dance, not least because there are six principal roles, offering major parts for some of The Royal Ballet's star dancers.
'It's those moments of high drama that work so well for dance because you need very strong characters and plot lines that are clear and easy to follow to make a story ballet. What we've done is to stripped away some of the lesser characters and tried to streamline the plot a little bit, focusing on the ideas of unexplained jealousy and the tragedy that follows from that.'
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The Winter’s Tale runs from 10 April-8 May 2014. Tickets are still available.
The ballet is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Monument Trust. Generous support is also offered by Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, the Metherell Family, Lady Ashcroft, Celia Blakey, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Sir Simon and Lady Robertson, The Taylor Family Foundation, Mr and Mrs Edward Atkin CBE, Richard and Delia Baker, Kenneth and Susan Green, David Hancock, Randa Khoury, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Doug and Ceri King, Sir Roger and Lady Carr, The Winter’s Tale Production Syndicate and an anonymous donor.