When to see it
Part of a mixed Programme, These works are performed together
A mixed programme of exhilarating contrasts, from a dark Victorian melodrama to a celebration of hi-tech modernity.
Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV: Danse à grande vitesseWednesday 14 May 2014, 7.30pm | Main Stage
Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV: Danse à grande vitesseSaturday 17 May 2014, 12.00pm | Main Stage
Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV: Danse à grande vitesseWednesday 21 May 2014, 7.30pm | Main Stage
Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV: Danse à grande vitesseSaturday 24 May 2014, 7.00pm | Main Stage
Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV: Danse à grande vitesseMonday 26 May 2014, 1.30pm | Main Stage
Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV: Danse à grande vitesseMonday 26 May 2014, 7.00pm | Main Stage
Walter Sickert is fascinated by a series of sensational murders. When he draws on the killings as inspiration for his paintings, imagination and reality start to blur.
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The choreographer on the inspiration for his new short ballet, Sweet Violets.
Sweet Violets, Liam Scarlett’s first narrative ballet, had its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2012. It is based on artist Walter Sickert’s obsession with the Jack the Ripper killings and the murder of prostitute Emily Dimmock, which inspired his ‘Camden Town Murder’ paintings (1908) and Jack the Ripper’s Bedroom (1907). Sweet Violets is set to Sergey Rachmaninoff’s 1893 Trio élégiaque, which expressed the composer’s grief at the death of his friend and mentor Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky.
John MacFarlane’s designs conjure up the shadowy underworld of late-Victorian and Edwardian London: prostitutes’ shabby bedrooms, rundown artists’ studios and East End backstreets. Scarlett’s powerful choreography probingly explores the web of fact and fiction that surrounds the Jack the Ripper legend. The ballet raises questions about obsession, violence and artistic creativity.
|Lighting design||David Finn|