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Watch: Royal Ballet rehearsals for The Wind

Join the Company as they rehearse Arthur Pita's new ballet.

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

7 November 2017 at 8.50pm | 9 Comments

A world premiere with The Royal Ballet is always an exciting moment in the dance world, and anticipation was high for Arthur Pita's The Wind, which had its debut performance at Covent Garden earlier this week.

Following Pita's award-winning adaptation of Kafka's The Metamorphosis, The Wind is inspired by an eerie silent film starring early Hollywood icon Lillian Gish and is the choreographer's first work for the Royal Opera House Main Stage.

On 7 November 2017, audiences were offered a glimpse into rehearsals as part of an ROH Insights event. This event is now available to watch again on-demand.

As well as a chance to see Royal Ballet dancers Francesca Hayward, Edward Watson and Tomas Mock get put through their paces by the choreographer, the stream also featured contributions from composer Frank Moon as well as set designer Jeremy Herbert and costume designer Yann Seabra. It was presented by Senior Producer Emma Southworth.

Watch again on-demand:

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The Wind is being performed in a mixed programme alongside Twyla Tharp's The Illustrated 'Farewell' and Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable.

Tickets are sold out, although returns may become available. A limited number of tickets will be released each week as part of Friday Rush.

This article has 9 comments

  1. Sara responded on 6 November 2017 at 10:06pm Reply

    Why don't you guys ever show rehearsals of Wind with Osipova? Or rehearsals in general for that matter?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 7 November 2017 at 7:27pm

      Hi Sara,

      Thanks for your comments. In regards particular artists such as Natalia Osipova, we're unfortunately beholden to the complexities of rehearsal schedules.

      Do take a look at (and subscribe to) our YouTube channel - we regularly post and stream rehearsals:



  2. Patricia Casselden responded on 7 November 2017 at 8:14pm Reply

    Was there last night &, pardon the pun, was blown away! See this live stream makes me long to see it again & with Frankie!

  3. Brilliant! Looking forward to the ballets!

  4. Louise responded on 8 November 2017 at 3:13pm Reply

    The sound and picture are out of sync in the video :- (

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 8 November 2017 at 4:44pm

      Hi Louise,

      It might be a connection issue, but is there a particular time during the video that you're experiencing this?



  5. Lucía responded on 12 November 2017 at 10:11pm Reply

    Congratulations Edward Watson!

    Your art, your sensibility, your performance... are a dream.

    Your arms are wings.
    You are the wind...

    Thank you very much,


  6. Love Arthur Pita but someone has to tell him Osipova’s first name is Natalia not Natasha. He made the same blunder at the other Insights event on 14th November in the Crush room

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 17 November 2017 at 11:57am

      Hi Dana,

      In Russia, Natasha is the familiar form of Natalia, hence Arthur addressing Natalia Osipova in this way.

      Best wishes,


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