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This work is being performed as part of a mixed programme:
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.
Christopher Wheeldon has been Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet since 2012 but his relationship with The Royal Ballet goes back much further – he trained at The Royal Ballet School and began his career as a dancer with the Company. But he also has close ties to New York City Ballet, both as a dancer and as the company’s former resident choreographer, a role created for him. This makes him perhaps uniquely placed to create a new work for The Royal Ballet that celebrates the centenary of devoted New Yorker Leonard Bernstein.
To mark the centenary, The Royal Ballet is presenting a mixed programme of works set to Bernstein’s music, all created by the Company’s associate choreographers. This world premiere from Wheeldon will close a programme that includes a world premiere from Wayne McGregor and the first revival of Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety. The ballet sees Wheeldon collaborate with award-winning fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu, whose designs are known for their couture-level craftsmanship and use of experimental textiles.
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