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Watch: Edward Watson in rehearsals for Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works

Wayne McGregor has created more ballets on Edward Watson than on any other dancer.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

29 April 2015 at 4.12pm | 4 Comments

Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s first full-length narrative work for The Royal Ballet, is inspired by the writings of modernist icon Virginia Woolf. The ballet, which has its world premiere on 11 May, is created on a wide range of Principals and corps de ballet dancers.

‘I have worked with Edward Watson since 1999, and I remember the first time I worked with him’, says Wayne before rehearsals start. ‘We were in quite a small studio and he had these extraordinary limbs that were sort of bursting out of the room. I have now made more ballets on Ed than anybody else, and so we have a really great relationship – I’m really happy he’s in Woolf Works.’

Edward’s previous creations with Wayne include roles in ChromaInfra, Carbon Life, Raven Girl and Tetractys.

Woolf Works, set to a newly commissioned score by Max Richter, brings together a unique creative team, including dramaturg Uzma Hameed, architectural studios Ciguë and We Not I, designers Lucy Carter (lighting), Ravi Deepres (film), Chris Ekers (sound) and Moritz Junge (costume), and make-up artist Kabuki.

The ballet draws on three of Woolf's best-loved novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – as well as extracts of her autobiographical writings, to capture her unique way of representing the world, and people's emotional landscape.

‘I think of choreography as a process of transition and so, rather than aiming to show shape, I look at the moments between the movements’, says Wayne. ‘I am always trying to find the richness between the shapes.’

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Woolf Works runs 21 January–14 February 2017. Tickets are still available.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

29 April 2015 at 4.12pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, by Wayne McGregor, Dance, Edward Watson, insight, insights, Production, Rehearsal, Virginia Woolf, Wayne McGregor, Woolf Works

This article has 4 comments

  1. Dana responded on 30 April 2015 at 2:08pm Reply

    Was this an Insight event? When did it take place? Missed it...

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 April 2015 at 2:46pm

      Hi Dana,

      It was and took place on 15 April. You can see details of all confirmed and upcoming Insight events at http://www.roh.org.uk/insights

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  2. Dana responded on 1 May 2015 at 12:43pm Reply

    Ahh wish they'd announced who the rehearsal was with! Thanks Chris

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 1 May 2015 at 6:43pm

      Hi Dana

      Afraid that we cannot announce beforehand in case there is a last-minute change and audiences are disappointed.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

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