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’.
‘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 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.