COVID-19: The Royal Opera House is currently closed to the public, with all performances cancelled until 19 April. We are contacting those who hold tickets for these cancelled performances.

Accessibility links


Sign In
  • Home
  • News
  • Watch: Autumn Season film starring Royal Ballet dancers and the Minotaur

Watch: Autumn Season film starring Royal Ballet dancers and the Minotaur

Take a look at our new promo film prior to curtain up on the 2012/13 Autumn Season.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

13 September 2012 at 4.12pm | 4 Comments

Starring The Minotaur and five artists from The Royal Ballet (Christina Arestis, Claire Calvert, Leanne Cope, Nathalie Harrison, Laura McCulloch), the trailer references and expands upon the much-talked-about Autumn Season brochure cover starring Marianela Núñez and the mythical half-man, half-bull.

The filming took place over two days at The Backstage Centre at High House Production Park in Thurrock. Of the experience, Royal Ballet First Artist Nathalie Harrison said:

"Filming in such a vast space certainly felt very different to performing in the Covent Garden auditorium. After acclimatizing to the height of the shoot, playback of the music began and we began exploring the expansive warehouse space. We couldn't see much at all, with the smoke, lighting and costumes, we kept a breathing rhythm and synced our movements as much as possible. It grew to feel quite animalistic up there, a little surreal and unlike anything any of us had done previously. The film has a personal vibe, not a performance but something more intimate, like a snap shot of a performer’s private preparation. Making it has proved an exciting start to a new season."

See how the film was made with our behind the scenes photo gallery.

If you'd like to find out more about our Autumn Season, read our essential guide. Tickets are on sale now.

What do you think of the film? What are you most looking forward to seeing during the Autumn Season?


By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

13 September 2012 at 4.12pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged 2012/13, Autumn, Ballet, Christina Arestis, Claire Calvert, Film, Laura McCulloch, Leanne Cope, Nathalie Harrison, One Extraordinary World, promo, The Minotaur

This article has 4 comments

  1. The Minotur Video is awfully dark,sinister, and feels unhcomfotible, and has a negative feel to it, just downright, I got the feeling it seens so agressive,uh?oh well? Just wasn`t pleasing to watch,sorry about that.

  2. Julian responded on 15 September 2012 at 11:47am Reply

    Loved someone who has never visited before, this made me really want to come and bring my girlfriend to one of your shows. Amazing dramatic shots and a sense of trepidation, similar to what I felt before booking tickets!

  3. J Gingell responded on 21 September 2012 at 2:35pm Reply

    Very dramatic - but it's so short! What a shame that, with those five excellent dancers, all we see moving is their hands. It would be nice - if only for the website - if it was longer and had a bit more content.

  4. So I was about to listen to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake on Youtube, and by some pleasant surprise this pops up as an advert! As Terry rightly says, It is indeed dark and sinister BUT! I have no idea what he means by uncomfortable... I was at home watching this, and I am desperate for more.The audio was perfect for the theme, however as J Gingell has pointed out very short! But there was me thinking that it was not an Issue! This is obviously an advert! As Youtube have advertised it, that suspense was put there on purpose to lure me to some sort of dark baleful dramatic performance with an accompanying orchestra, booming, amplifying the emotions I would be robbed of from such a performance! But apparently not... I have searched the website and all I have found is some performance about the minotaur that isn't half as engaging as this ad was, and there I was ready to part so eagerly with my money, after never hearing of the Royal Opera House before, and the sale faltered at the last hurdle! Shame really! However as an aspiring author, this amazing video has given some themes and ideas to play with, so not a complete loss! Thank you all!

Comment on this article

Your email will not be published

Website URL is optional