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Woolf Works

11–26 May 2015
Main Stage

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor presents a new full-length work, based on the life and writings of modernist icon Virginia Woolf.

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Introduction

Virginia Woolf defied the false order of narrative conventions to depict a heightened, startling and poignant reality. Woolf Works re-creates the synaesthetic collision of form and substance in her writings.

Background

'Life is not a series of gig-lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end… the proper stuff of fiction is a little other than custom would have us believe it.’ – Virginia Woolf, Modern Fiction

Multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor has long been at the cutting edge of choreography. He has won widespread acclaim for collaborative works that often extend far beyond the familiar boundaries of ballet. For this new production McGregor enmeshes themes from Virginia Woolf's landmark novels, including Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves, with elements of her letters, essays and diaries. Woolf Works expresses the heart of an artistic life driven to discover a freer, uniquely modern realism, and brings to life Woolf’s world of 'granite and rainbow' where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence. This is McGregor’s first full-length production for The Royal Ballet and sees him reunited with acclaimed British composer Max Richter (Infra and Sum), who creates a specially commissioned score incorporating electronic and live music.

News and features

  1. Happy birthday Virginia Woolf!

    25 January 2015

    Ahead of Wayne McGregor's new ballet Woolf Works, we're looking for your reaction to the author's writing.