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Your Reaction: What did you think of Woolf Works live in cinemas?

Audience reactions to Wayne McGregor's Virginia Woolf-inspired ballet, relayed live to cinemas around the world.

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

8 February 2017 at 10.25pm | 43 Comments

What did you think of Woolf Works live in cinemas?
Let us know via the comments below.

If you experienced technical issues during this live cinema relay, please email details to cinema@roh.org.uk

The next Royal Opera House live cinema relay will be The Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty on 28 February 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list

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

8 February 2017 at 10.25pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Wayne McGregor, cinema, Movie, Production, review, Social Media, twitter, Woolf Works, your reaction

This article has 43 comments

  1. Nicola Mallows responded on 8 February 2017 at 11:04pm Reply

    Completely mesmerising music and movement.

    Absolutely brilliant.

    Modern dance at its best.

    Would have preferred the camera to zoom out for wider/ longer shots during Becomings: camera a bit too close up when there were shadow figures and so much else is going on all over the stage.

  2. Jan Lewis responded on 8 February 2017 at 11:23pm Reply

    Brilliant dancing and choreography. I even enjoyed the first ballet, even though it was marred for me by frequent picture break up, which The Palace Cinema, Malton tell me was not their fault. Why did this happen and can you put a stop to it in future, please?

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 9 February 2017 at 11:56am

      Dear Jan,

      Thank you for getting in touch. The Palace Cinema contacted our technical help desk last night and they were given advice on how to fix the issue, as the problem was at their end. We will follow up with them and hopefully they'll have no problems for future screenings.

      Best wishes,

      Noelia
      ROH Cinema

  3. ERICA BRONT responded on 8 February 2017 at 11:28pm Reply

    Brilliant! Breathtaking! Made my eyes, my heart and my soul shaking ! <3

  4. Regina+Sibylle responded on 8 February 2017 at 11:30pm Reply

    Saw Woolfworks in a cinema in Berlin. Haven't seen anything like it.
    Amazing! Fabulous! Thanks!

  5. Alan Sparrow responded on 8 February 2017 at 11:59pm Reply

    This ballet CANNOT BE DESCRIBED!
    The subtlety reduced me to tears; It is literally out of this world. No adjectives are adequate. The magic was well beyond this physical world.

  6. Sharon Keogh responded on 9 February 2017 at 12:32am Reply

    I don't think I can adequately describe how much I enjoyed that performance. This is definitely my favourite McGregor piece. I especially appreciate him using dancers from all the ranks and of all ages. All the performers tonight were outstanding, Calvin Richardson was great - he deserves a promotion. As was Matt Ball, Bonelli, Lamb, Hayward & Avis. I thought Stix-Brunel was fabulous throughout. And as always Ed Watson was amazing. But the show is Ferri's - she truly is an exceptional artist, I felt blessed to see her perform. She is miraculous. So well done Wayne for this ballet, for appreciating Alessandra and reminding us all how this prima ballerina can touch our hearts.

  7. Lucy Alwyn responded on 9 February 2017 at 1:03am Reply

    Stunning..mesmerising...astounding beautiful snd profoundly moving. Incredible dancing...brilliant choreography and a beautiful musical score. This was impeccable in every way. Liquid..thourght provoking. Alessandra Ferri a revealation. Have to own this on DVD. A very special evening

  8. Mirjana Beara responded on 9 February 2017 at 8:31am Reply

    What an extraordinary ballet! Emotional, stunning, life-changing experience. Thank you so much, #ROHwoolf for live streaming this masterpiece. All the best from Novi Sad, Serbia.

  9. Sigelcaro responded on 9 February 2017 at 8:33am Reply

    Es la prinera vez que veo danza/opera en el cine. Me ha gustado. Volveré a repetir.

  10. António Fialho Pinto responded on 9 February 2017 at 8:49am Reply

    Are we going to have the Blu Ray?!!!! I hope so and please hurry. Never saw a ballet with all the dancers shining in his best. Ferri, Hayward, Watson, Stix-Brunel (what a surprise) Bonelli, Lamb, everyone and THE COUPLE Osipova McRae

  11. Patricia Berry responded on 9 February 2017 at 8:56am Reply

    Once is not enough to appreciate all the layers of this piece. A DVD would be wonderful.
    Anyone who thought Alesandra Ferri's performance was moving and powerful should take a look at an old DVD of her dancing Juliet with RB. (Including David Drew as Tybalt).

  12. Gausden responded on 9 February 2017 at 9:16am Reply

    Such a privilege to share in what must surely be one of the most exciting and moving artworks of this century .
    It perfectly captured the spirit of Wolf's works and her soul .
    Intricate and demanding choreography , extraordinary feats of dancing , sublime musical score , atmospheric sets and perfect lighting and costumes .
    The filming enabled us to have a close look at the dancers' work . An excellent blend of ensemble shots and close ups .
    Truly unforgettable ! Thank you to all involved .

  13. Lesley Main responded on 9 February 2017 at 10:42am Reply

    At last - a Wayne McGregor ballet that I can truly say was not boring!

  14. Clive Hill-Archer responded on 9 February 2017 at 10:55am Reply

    Magical and spellbinding! Wonderful dancing seen at close quarters - such energy, physicality and flowing movement - and brilliant music. Great performances all round, but Alessandra Ferri was outstanding!

  15. Mark Lamb responded on 9 February 2017 at 11:29am Reply

    Next morning and my head is still whirling with that evocative Richter score and the mesmerising dance. Ferri magnificent. Wayne triumphs!

  16. Fiona Reed responded on 9 February 2017 at 12:23pm Reply

    Powerful, poignant,,innovative, mesmerising just a few words to describe Woolf Works. I watched this at Alnwick Playhouse in Northumberland and what an evening I had. All the cast were brilliant, Alessandra Ferri wonderful central performance so moving. Hopefully there will be a DVD.

  17. Hugh Axton responded on 9 February 2017 at 12:37pm Reply

    This second production of Woolf Works was even better than the first. A stunning performance that fits the cinema so well. Beatriz Stix-Brunell was especially outstanding. As the young Clarissa her dancing was exquisitely tender, a beautiful performance and the way she moved those long arms, I can't wait to see this mature and versatile dancer in the part of Odette/Odille she has the range to dance both parts excellently - last night she was so so elegant.

    • Heather Prophet responded on 9 February 2017 at 1:27pm

      I completely agree with you Hugh. Beatriz Stix-Brunel is a dancer who has, in my view, been slightly under the radar over the past few years. Perhaps it's because they realised she was yet to fully blossom? Well, she has now! Whenever she's on stage the eye is drawn to her again and again. Huge Congratulations to her for managing to shine amongst such a breathtakingly stellar cast. I wish her continued success, and look forward to seeing her in more challenging roles.

  18. Nick B responded on 9 February 2017 at 1:56pm Reply

    Riveting production in every way. Challenging choreography enabled us to enjoy the superb virtuosity and range of the whole company!

  19. Charles N responded on 9 February 2017 at 3:19pm Reply

    I saw this at the ROH last night (3rd time - first in 2015 and twice this year) so not strictly commenting on the cinema relay, but I have to say this is just such an outstanding work that reveals more meaning every time I see it. Last night, Ferri's performance in Act 3 was off the scale - moving on so many levels, and I'm so glad that it has been captured on film. At the end of the performance I would have gladly pressed 'menu - watch again' if it had been a Blu-ray. Now, there's an idea......

  20. Mimi Sellers responded on 9 February 2017 at 4:02pm Reply

    "Collective energy delivered into the universe" (Wayne McGregor) YES!!! A deeply affecting experience. This "co-authorship" has provided something very special, It's contributors are all remarkable but the sum of them took us to a completely different place. Thank you !!!! (DVD please so we can revisit, so much was there to absorb)

  21. James Thomas responded on 9 February 2017 at 6:12pm Reply

    "I now, I then" was the best thing I've ever seen. Reqd. a pocketful of tissues. Like others here I would love to get a recording, to watch again, so as to understand it more. It was great. The whole thing was great.

  22. I find no words to capture my experience... See it for yourself.

  23. Sally Minogue responded on 10 February 2017 at 1:09pm Reply

    Brilliant response of one art form to another. Showed a deep understanding of Woolf and her work especially first and last ballets. Deeply moving especially the duet between Septimus and Evans captured all the complex loss of WW1. I was bowled over that Woolf could be revealed to me in such a different way. The dancers were astonishing. See my blog at wordsworth-editions.com or on wordsworth site on Facebook.

  24. Sally Minogue responded on 10 February 2017 at 1:14pm Reply

    Brilliant response of one art form to another. Showed a deep understanding of Woolf and her work especially first and last ballets. Deeply moving especially the duet between Septimus and Evans captured all the complex loss of WW1. I was bowled over that Woolf could be revealed to me in such a different way. The dancers were astonishing. See my blog review at wordsworth-editions.com or on wordsworth site on Facebook.

  25. Nadine responded on 10 February 2017 at 2:39pm Reply

    Absolute journey of emotions which stayed with me for so long afterwards. A big impact on feelings we can all associate with at some point in our lives. Tribute to a true ledgend by such wonderful artists especially Alessandra Ferri (Tanti Auguri) Bravo! Much love from Wales X

  26. Rossella responded on 10 February 2017 at 10:56pm Reply

    The combination of McGregor's choreography on Richter's music score vibrantly embody the power of Woolf's works and the fragility of her humanity.
    A poignant and mesmerising story about imagination and beauty: Wayne's language and his way of connecting movement to music has a unique grammar: it perfectly tells what's going on. If I wonder about the evolution of dance in the future, McGregor's vision is the perfect answer. Stunning principals, amazing costumes and superb light design. Bravo!!

  27. sarah collins responded on 11 February 2017 at 9:25am Reply

    I'm still reflecting on what I saw on Wednesday night. I have never been affected by dance this way before. Simply stunning. Orlando was the outstanding piece for me; the athleticism of every single one of that stellar cast was a sight to behold and I can't single out any the dancers except for the ' dream team' (in my eyes) of Avis, McRae and Watson who took my breath away. Ferri was made to dance this piece and McGregor showcased her talent perfectly. Bonelli was captivating in the final act too.
    Music, lighting,staging and costumes all collided together in the most outstanding piece of art I'm likely to see for a very long time. Congratulations to everyone involved.

  28. I watched this in The Tower in Helensburgh, a converted church, with a very small audience, and a huge screen. I haven't been so moved by any ballet, opera or concert, book or piece of music. This is magical, transcendental and laden with emotion. It's been said by other reviewers - this was perfection, on all counts.

  29. denise crabtree responded on 12 February 2017 at 10:46am Reply

    absolutely mesmerising from start to finish. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. It was like drinking sweet golden nectar!

  30. Sachiko responded on 13 February 2017 at 7:34am Reply

    It was such an amazing experience. I was so deeply touched, that i couldn't just hold back my tears almost all the time. Thank you all so much for this unforgettable evening ! Once is really not enough. It would be great, if i could have a DVD.

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 13 February 2017 at 10:10am

      Hi Sachiko,

      Thank you for letting us know how much this performance moved you. I'm happy to tell you that there are plans to release a DVD of Woolf Works. We still don't have a date but please keep an eye on our website for announcements.

      Best wishes,

      Noelia
      ROH Cinema

  31. Judith Berry responded on 13 February 2017 at 4:01pm Reply

    Had to wait for the "Encore" showing of "Woolf Works", and would have gone to see it again if that had been possible, so very glad to read that it is being released on DVD. The way the scenery in "I then, I now" was choreographed rather than just moved around, seeming to interact with the dancers, recalled the Diana figure in "Machina" to mind. It is a great pity that the Titian Metamorphosis trilogy is not available as a DVD.

  32. Carolyn Lambert responded on 13 February 2017 at 8:27pm Reply

    Swept away by the dancing and the music. I am not often enthused by contemporary music but thought this was the perfect marriage of sound and movement.

  33. Carolyn Lambert responded on 13 February 2017 at 8:29pm Reply

    PS I hope to see and hear this work live at some time, I do hope you will bring it back in another season.

  34. Stevie responded on 13 February 2017 at 9:00pm Reply

    There was so much action, I am still trying to absorb it all. I advised all my friends and so most of them managed to catch the encore and afterwards thanked me for the tip off. As always, the starting point is the musical score and this one is superb. After that everyone else made stunning contributions. I only missed the encore in order to digest the vast input and await the Blu-ray release before my better prepared repeat viewing. Viewers were really holding their breath and gripping the seats, it was easy to understand why. Of course there has to be a film release of this production since I don't think there has ever been anything quite like it. This was a 'white knuckle ride' of a production.

  35. Anne responded on 15 February 2017 at 1:16pm Reply

    I was one of those who hoped to see the encore of Woolf Works at the Piccadilly Vue cinema last Sunday. Owing to "technical problems" and the absence of a projectionist, we sat through 20 minutes of sound without pictures before being offered a refund. No one seemed to know or care what was happening. A less than ideal experience.

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 15 February 2017 at 2:36pm

      Dear Anne,

      I'm very sorry to hear that you experienced this cancellation. We have followed up with the cinema and hope that this situation won't happen again.

      All best wishes,

      Noelia
      ROH Cinema

  36. Fiona responded on 8 March 2017 at 7:26pm Reply

    congratulations Noelia for bringing such a fabulous work full of beautious attack,'sehnsucht' and heart to the cinema - bought the cd the next day, so weeks later head and heart still resounding. Please release the dvd as soon as possible!

  37. Stuart Hagmann responded on 20 May 2017 at 6:54pm Reply

    Mind blowing! Most important event in dance drama in past ten years. All three sections of this masterpiece have been shaping my dreams since I was privileged to see it. PLEASE RELEASE A DVD of Woolf Works! PLEASE!

  38. Marie responded on 1 August 2017 at 10:59am Reply

    The best performance I have ever seen

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