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Woolf Works

11–26 May 2015
Main Stage

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his first full-length ballet for the Company.

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Introduction

For his new abstract work Wayne McGregor draws on Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway and other works, exploring themes crucial to this great British writer.

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Background

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 his new ballet – his first full-length work for The Royal Ballet – McGregor draws on Virginia Woolf's epochal novel Mrs Dalloway and the writer's other works. McGregor and his designers create a hauntingly abstract world that finds parallels between Clarissa Dalloway's depression and repressed sexuality and Woolf's own life.

Acclaimed British composer Max Richter (Infra and Sum) creates a specially-commissioned score that incorporates electronic and live music.