News for The Royal Ballet’s 2019/20 Season
The Royal Ballet announces programme changes for the 2019/20 Season. The updates celebrate the work of choreographic masters of the 20th century, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.
The scheduled premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new work has been postponed to a later date in a subsequent season. Dances at a Gathering by Jerome Robbins replaces Scarlett’s ballet. Choreographed by Robbins in 1969 for New York City Ballet and set to music by Fryderyk Chopin, the ballet was last performed by the Company in 2009. Dances at a Gathering will be performed alongside the world premiere of Cathy Marston’s The Cellist. This is Marston’s first work for the Company on the Main Stage and is inspired by the life of Jacqueline du Pré who is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time. The programme will be relayed live to cinemas on 25 February 2020.
An additional update for the season ahead is George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son. Created originally for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and set to music by Sergey Prokofiev, this was last performed by The Royal Ballet in 2004 and first staged by the Company in 1973. This announcement completes the programme alongside Live Fire Exercise and Corybantic Games.
A further announcement to the 2019/20 ballet season is the return of Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I and II which replaces Alexei Ratmansky’s Preludes in June 2020. This is due to last minute changes in Ratmansky’s commitments with American Ballet Theater. This completes the programme with Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances and David Bintley’s critically acclaimed Tombeaux which returns after fourteen years to the Royal Opera House.
The new programmes features:
17 February - 4 March 2020 / Live Cinema relay 25 February
The Cellist by Cathy Marston – world premiere
Dances at a Gathering by Jerome Robbins
2 – 20 April 2020
Live Fire Exercise by Wayne McGregor
Prodigal Son by George Balanchine
Corybantic Games by Christopher Wheeldon
3 – 13 June 2020
Tombeaux by David Bintley
Monotones I and II by Frederick Ashton
Symphonic Dances by Liam Scarlett
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