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Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons

Backstage films from the live relay of Frederick Ashton’s Mixed Programme including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

26 January 2016 at 10.23pm | 3 Comments

The Royal Ballet’s Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons was relayed live to cinemas around the world on 26 January 2016 as part of a mixed programme celebrated the work of Founding Choreographer of The Royal Ballet Frederick Ashton.

The relay featured a series of backstage films, rehearsal footage and interviews with cast and creative teams to offer insight into the revival productions.

If you couldn't make the screening or want to find out more about Ashton’s work, here’s a chance to see the films:

Cast and creative teams on Rhapsody

‘Virtuoso in the pit and virtuoso on stage’, says Principal Guest Conductor of The Royal Ballet Barry Wordworth of composer Sergei Rachmaninoff's style.

In this film the cast and crew discuss how Rhapsody is an eclectic mix of Ashton’s English sensibility and Rachmaninoff’s Russian bravura.

‘The score is unbelievable to dance to’ says Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae. McRae partnered fellow Principal Natalia Osipova for the cinema relay performance.

‘It’s such a joy for me as a Russian to come to Covent Garden and find this fantastic music because it stirs something real in me', says Natalia.

Cast and creative teams on The Two Pigeons

‘Beautiful music, brilliant design and of course with Ashton – he absolutely nails every step’, enthused Guest Principal Ballet Master of The Royal Ballet, Christopher Carr of the choreography of The Two Pigeons.

Watch the rest of the creative team including stars of the live relay performance, Principals of The Royal Ballet Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntagirov, describe the joy of reviving Ashton’s two-act ballet and working with two real life pigeons.

Inside the Choreography of The Two Pigeons

In this film Darcey Bussell meets with Lauren Cuthbertson and Former Royal Ballet Principal Lesley Collier.

Lauren worked closely with Lesley to recreate Ashton’s steps. Lauren dances the role of the Young Girl, who imitates the physicality of a bird to express her emotional journey. The Young Girl opens the ballet with playful mannerisms but embodies jealousy when her lover is lured from her side by the Gypsy Girl.

Lesley Collier says, ‘Ashton’s choreography is what makes it so attractive. You don’t need clutter. He gives us everything through the steps. It’s a bit of genius’.

The next live relay of the 2015/16 Season will be The Royal Opera's La traviata on 4 February. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

26 January 2016 at 10.23pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Frederick Ashton, cinema, Live cinema relay, Mixed Programme, Production, Rhapsody, Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons, The Two Pigeons

This article has 3 comments

  1. S Clarke responded on 27 January 2016 at 4:50pm Reply

    Who joined Darcey commentating on the event at ROH?

    • Jakegee responded on 5 February 2016 at 9:03pm

      That was Ore Oduba who is a very capable commentator with the BBC, and is an equally competent link-man in the Royal Ballet live cinema relays.

  2. Morton Paley responded on 3 September 2016 at 11:07am Reply

    What happened to Rhapsody?

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