Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Woolf Works. It was last on stage 11–26 May 2015 as part of the Summer 2014/15 season.
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.
'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 creates a ballet triptych, in which themes from three of Virginia Woolf's landmark novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – are enmeshed 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
3 June 2015
The Student Ambassadors teamed up with the UK’s largest university dance competition to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go behind the scenes at a ballet world premiere.
26 May 2015
Wayne McGregor embraces classical lyricism in the first movement of his ballet triptych inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.
12 May 2015
What did you think of Wayne McGregor's new full-length piece for The Royal Ballet?
8 May 2015
Writer Bonnie Greer chairs a discussion of Wayne’s new ballet, which is inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.
#ROHWoolf Instameet: Exclusive pictures offer glimpse into rehearsals of Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works8 May 2015
We invited six top Instagrammers to photograph preparations for the new ballet inspired by Virginia Woolf's writing.
5 May 2015
Former Royal Ballet Principal Alessandra Ferri returns as a Guest Artist to create the role of Virginia Woolf/Clarissa Dalloway.