29 April 2015 at 4.12pm | 4 Comments
Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s first full-length narrative work for The Royal Ballet, is inspired by the writings of modernist icon Virginia Woolf. The ballet, which has its world premiere on 11 May, is created on a wide range of Principals and corps de ballet dancers.
‘I have worked with Edward Watson since 1999, and I remember the first time I worked with him’, says Wayne before rehearsals start. ‘We were in quite a small studio and he had these extraordinary limbs that were sort of bursting out of the room. I have now made more ballets on Ed than anybody else, and so we have a really great relationship – I’m really happy he’s in Woolf Works.’
Woolf Works, set to a newly commissioned score by Max Richter, brings together a unique creative team, including dramaturg Uzma Hameed, architectural studios Ciguë and We Not I, designers Lucy Carter (lighting), Ravi Deepres (film), Chris Ekers (sound) and Moritz Junge (costume), and make-up artist Kabuki.
The ballet draws on three of Woolf's best-loved novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – as well as extracts of her autobiographical writings, to capture her unique way of representing the world, and people's emotional landscape.
‘I think of choreography as a process of transition and so, rather than aiming to show shape, I look at the moments between the movements’, says Wayne. ‘I am always trying to find the richness between the shapes.’
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Woolf Works runs 21 January–14 February 2017. Tickets are still available.