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Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 casting announced

Collaboration reaches across art forms and features an unprecedented number of Royal Ballet Principals.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

25 June 2012 at 5.41pm | 5 Comments

Royal Ballet Principals including Tamara Rojo will perform in Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, a unique collaboration between The Royal Ballet and the National Gallery.

Leanne Benjamin, Carlos Acosta, Ed Watson, Sarah Lamb, Nehemiah Kish, Steven McRae, Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez will all perform in what will be Monica Mason’s last production as Director of The Royal Ballet. The former dancer retires this year after a career that has spanned 55 years as both artist and administrator.

The performances will also be Tamara’s last appearances as a member of The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden before taking up the post of Director at English National Ballet.

Beatriz Stix-Brunell, who earlier this season danced the titular role to acclaim in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Melissa Hamilton, who modeled for Yinka Shonibare’s Globe Head Ballerina, will also perform.

The collaboration is part of the Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 Festival and features three works created by seven leading choreographers, including Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, Kim Brandstrup and Christopher Wheeldon. Music for the three pieces is by Jonathan Dove, Nico Muhly and Anna Nicole composer Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Bringing together new dance, music, poetry and visual arts, the collaboration celebrates creativity across art forms, drawing on inspiration found in Italian painter Titian’s masterpieces.

The production of Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 opens on the 14 July, and will be broadcast live across the country for free as part of BP Summer Big Screens on 16 July. The exhibition opens at the National Gallery on 11 July and runs until 23 September. Admission to this is also free.

The Royal Opera House is hosting a wide range of events and performances as part of the London 2012 Festival, including a water-based opera, The Owl and the Pussycat, and The Olympic Journey, an exhibition focusing on the history of the Olympic Games. Click here for full listings.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

25 June 2012 at 5.41pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Dance and tagged BP Big Screens, Cultural Olympiad, London 2012 Festival, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, National Gallery, olympics, The Royal Ballet

This article has 5 comments

  1. Excited doesn't even come close!!!

  2. Eddie Maxwell responded on 3 July 2012 at 6:43pm Reply

    Good to know in advance but is the information in What's On accurate? The same dancers are listed for each performance and not all the dancers named above are included.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 6 July 2012 at 6:57pm

      If you visit the Events page for individual performances you will see more information about the casting eg it is accurate at present, but as always casting is subject to change.

  3. michael mackenzie-evans responded on 9 July 2012 at 4:34pm Reply

    when will the self effacing brilliance of prima ballerina sarah lamb be truly recognised? unlike some recent self publicising british ballet dancers, sarah continues to sparkle and amaze those creating, producing and those watching her performances. but from her, a quiet, dignified silence. the public and critics adore her but there still seems to be a perverse reaction to her American roots when it comes to all out praise and appraisal. she is the best, the most memorable, the most complete and the most accomplished. and on top of that has a star quality which needs no self publicity. time to recognise greatness while she is in her prime.

  4. Eddie Maxwell responded on 13 July 2012 at 7:51pm Reply

    Thank you Ellen!
    I didn't know there was a further level of casting info. beyond the When To See It page.

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