When to see it
This work is being performed as part of a mixed programme:
A mixed programme of ballets inspired by science and fairytale, featuring works from two British choreographers closely associated with The Royal Ballet, Alastair Marriott and Wayne McGregor.
On her journey through life, a woman’s self is shaped by her interactions with two men. A small corps of four men provide a backdrop of activity, stepping forwards to dance with the three principals as they all create connections.
In Dr Sebastian Seung’s 2012 book Connectome he argues that ‘our identity does not lie in our genes, but in the connections between our brain cells – our own particular wiring, or “connectome”’. Alastair Marriott, a regular choreographer for The Royal Ballet and a Principal Character Artist with the Company, found inspiration in Dr Seung’s theories. His ballet Connectome melds classical technique with a hyper-extended language of movement in its narrative of one lost woman. Ephemeral, elegant and poignant, Connectome has been described as Marriott’s finest work yet.
Marriott selected works by Arvo Pärt for the score, drawn to the ability of Pärt’s music to speak to a universal spirituality independent of religion. The cycle of four works in the ballet includes the much-loved Fratres and Silouans Song. Es Devlin (Don Giovanni, London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony), in her first work for The Royal Ballet, created ‘visually breathtaking’ designs (New York Times), illuminated by Bruno Poet’s lighting design and Luke Hall’s innovative video displays.
News and features
5 May 2015
Principal casting for performances from September 2015-January 2016 has been announced.
15 April 2015
Details of The Royal Ballet’s 2015/16 Season have been announced.
1 June 2014
What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Mixed programme featuring works by Ashton, Marriott and Robbins?
30 May 2014
A quick guide to The Royal Ballet's new mixed programme, featuring classic works by Ashton and Robbins as well as a world premiere from Alastair Marriott.
28 May 2014
A new theory about what creates our memories, personality and intellect has influenced Alastair Marriott's new ballet.