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Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

The Royal Ballet

This unique collaboration between The Royal Ballet and the National Gallery is a highlight of the London 2012 Festival. It brings together new choreography, music, poetry and visual arts.

Introduction

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 presents three ballets inspired by Titian: Machina (Brandstrup and McGregor), Trespass (Marriott and Wheeldon) and Diana and Actaeon (Scarlett, Tuckett and Watkins).

Background

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 is a highlight of the London 2012 Festival. It is a special collaboration between the Royal Opera House and the National Gallery, London, and features some of the finest names in contemporary choreography, art, poetry and music. The creative stimulus for this programme is three masterpieces by the Renaissance artist Titian, which are being displayed together in the National Gallery this summer: Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and Diana and Callisto. They depict powerful stories of change, inspired by Ovid’s poem Metamorphoses.

The project brings together some of the most exciting names in contemporary choreography – Alastair Marriott, Christopher Wheeldon, Kim Brandstrup, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Will Tuckett and Jonathan Watkins – working alongside leading visual artists – Mark Wallinger, Conrad Shawcross and Chris Ofili – to create distinctive new works. Major composers Mark-Anthony Turnage, Nico Muhly and Jonathan Dove have created the scores. Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 showcases the dynamic talents of The Royal Ballet and provides a fitting, celebratory final programme for its retiring director, Monica Mason.

Fourteen leading poets, including Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage, have contributed their own unique responses to Titian’s paintings; their specially commissioned poems are collected in an accompanying publication, Metamorphosis: Poems Inspired by Titian.