When to see it
This work is being performed as part of a mixed programme:
The Royal Ballet celebrates contemporary ballet with a programme that includes a world premiere from Crystal Pite and works by Christopher Wheeldon and David Dawson.
Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most talented and intriguing choreographers working today’ (New York Times). She danced with Ballet British Columbia and then with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, before founding her own company Kidd Pivot in 2002. Pite’s work shows the influence of Forsythe’s groundbreaking style but heightened with a new lyricism and a recurrent interest in the role of narrative in dance. ‘Ultimately my interest in story has to do with connecting to people’, she told The Telegraph in 2014. ‘Everybody is looking for a story.’
Pite is perhaps best known in the UK for her work as an associate artist with Sadler’s Wells, which includes the multi-award-winning Polaris – a breathtakingly ambitious work for 64 dancers to music by Thomas Adès. In this new work for The Royal Ballet she creates a further large-scale ensemble work, to music from Górecki’s powerful ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’.
News and features
16 March 2017
Combining elements of classical ballet with a powerful sense of drama, Pite is one of today’s most talked-about choreographers.
2 March 2017
Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme of compelling contemporary ballet.
9 February 2017
The acclaimed Canadian choreographer offers insights into her debut Royal Ballet production ahead of its world premiere.
7 February 2017
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