When to see it
Thursday 30 October 2014, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
Friday 31 October 2014, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
Saturday 1 November 2014, 2pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
In Greek myth, Cassandra was given the gift of premonition, but cursed never to be believed. A modern Cassandra, disturbed by visions, is confined in a psychiatric ward. Is the treatment for her or just for others' peace of mind?
In Cassandra rising choreographic star Ludovic Ondiviela joins forces with singer songwriter Ana Silvera. Inspired by Wislawa Szymborska's poetry on the Ancient Greek myth of Cassandra, they explore the complexity and ambiguities of how madness is defined – and how it is treated in today's society.
Ondiviela uses a lyrical language of dance to explore madness, and the alienation and stigmatization its diagnosis brings. He is aided by Silvera's hauntingly beautiful, folk-inspired music. By taking us inside Cassandra's head Ondiviela and Silvera question how we respond to behavior defined as madness and explore the contradicting emotions it provokes in us, from compassion and pity through to panic and fear.
News and features
23 October 2014
Our quick guide to Ludovic Ondiviela's first full-length work for The Royal Ballet.
16 October 2014
Amendments announced and casting confirmed for Cassandra, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Symphonic Variations, Ceremony of Innocence and The Age of Anxiety.
9 October 2014
We speak to one of the creators of new ballet Cassandra, and to a consultant psychiatrist, about understanding and representing psychosis on stage.
24 September 2014
The Royal Ballet will join forces with four other world-class companies, offering glimpses into morning class and rehearsals, with exclusive interviews.
1 September 2014
How ancient mythological stories continue to inspire choreographers and dancers.
29 August 2014
Prior to the premiere, dance fans will get rare insight into the rehearsal process and the creation of a new work with Insight event.