5 May 2015 at 11.51am | 2 Comments
Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s first full-length narrative work for The Royal Ballet, will have its world premiere on 11 May. The ballet, set to a newly commissioned score by Max Richter, draws on three of Woolf's best-loved novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – as well as extracts of her autobiographical writings.
Alessandra Ferri, who began her career with The Royal Ballet, returns as a Guest Artist to create the role of Virginia Woolf/Clarissa Dalloway in the production. In the third act, she is partnered by Royal Ballet Principal Federico Bonelli, who has worked on a number of Wayne's Royal Ballet productions over the past nine years, creating roles in Chroma, Live Fire Exercise and Tetractys – The Art of Fugue.
‘We’ve been working on the beginning of the third act, which comes from Virginia’s The Waves’, says Wayne. ‘What’s interesting about what Max has written for this act, is that it starts extraordinarily quietly. It’s like a thick wedge that opens out and gets fuller, becoming epic by the end. The duet is very fluid, and is really about an exchange of weight.’
The ballet is created on a wide range of Principals and corps de ballet dancers. Watch a rehearsal with Edward Watson.
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Woolf Works runs 21 January–14 February 2017. Tickets are still available.