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Watch: Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety in rehearsal

A behind-the-scenes look at the choreographer’s new work for The Royal Ballet.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

9 October 2014 at 2.28pm | 1 Comment

As part of World Ballet Day, Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett took us behind the scenes of his new ballet The Age of Anxiety. Set during World War II, Liam’s dark piece about four strangers in a New York bar is inspired by W.H. Auden’s poem and Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, both entitled ‘The Age of Anxiety’.

Watch a section of the ballet in rehearsal, with Royal Ballet Principals Laura Morera and Steve McRae, First Soloist Bennet Gartside, and Soloist Tristan Dyer:

The Age of Anxiety follows Liam’s previous dark narrative ballets for the Company: Hansel and Gretel and Sweet Violets.

‘There are things that the human body does naturally that words can’t express,’ says Liam about his narrative works. ‘We laugh, we cry, our heart beats faster when we are in love – all these emotions an action can speak very clearly. So it’s finding those key moments when you’re doing a narrative piece and not relying on words.’

Watch Liam interviewed about The Age of Anxiety, followed by an interview with Laura Morera and Steven McRae:

The Age of Anxiety runs from 7-17 November 2014 as part of a mixed programme with Ceremony of Innocence and Aeternum. Tickets are still available.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Simon and Virginia Robertson, Kenneth and Susan Green, Karl and Holly Peterson, The Age of Anxiety Production Syndicate and the Friends of Covent Garden.

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  1. Norma Joy responded on 11 October 2014 at 9:33pm Reply

    so expressive, so different - wonderful story can't wait to see it

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