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Watch: Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works

Former Royal Ballet Principal Alessandra Ferri returns as a Guest Artist to create the role of Virginia Woolf/Clarissa Dalloway.

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

5 May 2015 at 11.51am | 2 Comments

Woolf WorksWayne 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 DallowayOrlando 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.

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

5 May 2015 at 11.51am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Alessandra Ferri, Ballet, by Wayne McGregor, Dance, Federico Bonelli, insight, Production, Rehearsal, Wayne McGregor, Woolf Works

This article has 2 comments

  1. Nick Ryan responded on 8 May 2015 at 6:50pm Reply

    My love of ballet started when I saw Alessandra Ferri dancing Romeo and Juliet with Wayne Eagling on television - and rather than turn over or walk out of the room, I found myself captivated by her movement. Since then, I have come to realise how special that performance was, but I never got to see her dance live and so, when she retired, I thought I never would. Looking at this clip, I can see she is still simply utterly exquisite and I can't wait.

  2. morna burdon responded on 10 May 2015 at 7:36am Reply

    As one of the many foot soldiers of the Second Wave of feminism in the seventies and, later as a director who was told in my 50s that my age was the "elephant in the room" when I wanted to train in a new aspect of my profession, I found the excerpt with Alessandra Ferri & Federico Bonelli moving & beautiful in so many ways. Wayne McGregor's handling of the performers, the way he encouraged and conveyed what was inside him to them - from the music & from Woolf's writing was an example of directing at its best. Thank you. Morna Burdon.

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