The Royal Opera House auditorium © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke
The Royal Opera House auditorium © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke

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.

By Ashley Woodfield (Head of Ballet Press)
Tuesday 24 September 2019, 10.06am

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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