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The Measures Taken

15–16 May 2014
Linbury Studio Theatre

Cutting-edge technology and thrilling choreography meet in a double programme from Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate Alexander Whitley, featuring a world premiere.

When to see it


The programme features The Measures Taken, in which five dancers explore the hypnotic interplay of light and movement, and All that is solid melts into air, an intense and elegiac pas de deux.


Alexander Whitley was appointed Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate in September 2012. He has a long history with the Company, having trained at The Royal Ballet School. He danced with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and has now forged a career as one of the most exciting young British choreographers of today.

All that is solid melts into air, using music by Daniel Bjarnason, was first developed within The Royal Ballet's Draft Works in 2013. It is now presented with designs by Jean-Marc Puissant, whose Royal Ballet credits include Christopher Wheeldon's DGV, Tryst and Electric Counterpoint. In The Measures Taken Whitley collaborates with visual artists Marshmallow Laser Feast, harnessing technology to create mesmerizing interactions of light and dance. Electronic sound artist Rutger Zuydervelt provides an immersive soundscape as Whitley examines the tensions of introducing enlightenment into the dark depths of the human soul.