Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Raven Girl. It was last on stage 6–24 October 2015.
A Postman finds a young raven, fallen from its nest. They fall in love and in time have the Raven Girl. She longs to fly like her mother but has no wings. At university she meets a Doctor who lectures on chimeras. The Raven Girl approaches him and asks: Can he give her wings?
A Boy who loves the Raven Girl is horrified at her mutilation and pushes the Doctor out the window. Full of remorse, the Raven Girl drifts down to his dead body. Alone, she returns to the place her father found her mother. Here she meets the Raven Prince, who accepts her for who she is.
The elegiac Raven Girl (2013) is Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor’s seventh work for the main stage at Covent Garden, and his most story-led yet. McGregor collaborated with visual artist and award-winning writer Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller’s Wife, to create a fairytale ballet that looked back to classics such as Swan Lake but was told with a distinctly modern sensibility. McGregor explained, ‘I wanted a story that in some way connected with the ballet stories of the past… and that involves something surreal, something that delves into consciousness’. The result is a unique piece of visual theatre. Niffenegger’s accompanying novella with her aquatint illustrations is published by Jonathan Cape.
McGregor approached acclaimed film composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Lives of Others) to create the original score. Yared produced a score for orchestra and electronics that McGregor describes as ‘very filmic but [which] gets right inside your body and really helps with the emotional territory of the work’. Ravi Deepres (Quartett) created the immersive video designs.
News and features
12 October 2015
The Royal Ballet Soloist is relishing performing in Wayne McGregor's fairytale-inspired ballet.
7 October 2015
What did you think of the double bill of Wayne McGregor and Alastair Marriott's ballets, inspired by literature and science respectively?
2 October 2015
Five hours of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes insights from The Royal Ballet.
25 September 2015
This neuroscience-inspired pas de deux from Alastair Marriott’s acclaimed ballet powerfully evokes a sense of loss on a journey through life.
21 September 2015
Our quick introduction to this double programme of ballets by Wayne McGregor and Alastair Marriott – one inspired by science, the other by literature.
5 May 2015
Principal casting for performances from September 2015-January 2016 has been announced.