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Watch: A first glimpse of Twyla Tharp's new ballet The Illustrated 'Farewell'

Join The Royal Ballet as they prepare for opening night.

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

26 October 2017 at 8.00am | 6 Comments

More than forty years after the creation of Twyla Tharp's era-defining work As Time Goes By, the acclaimed choreographer will premiere a sequel – The Illustrated ‘Farewell’  at Covent Garden this month.

With final preparations underway, The Royal Ballet offered a livestreamed first glimpse of the piece as part of an ROH Insights event. This is now available to watch on demand in full.

Over the course of Tharp's career, she has choreographed more than 160 works for dance companies, film and Broadway. The Illustrated 'Farewell' is choreographed to Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony and is Tharp's first work for The Royal Ballet in 20 years a long-overdue return to Covent Garden which is hotly-anticipated. It will be performed in a mixed programme alongside two works by Hofesh Shechter and Arthur Pita.

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The Illustrated 'Farewell' / The Wind / Untouchable runs from 6-17 November 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Jay Franke and David Herro (The Illustrated ‘Farewell’), The Taylor Family Foundation and the Friends of Covent Garden (The Wind) and Georgina Rosengarten (Untouchable).

This article has 6 comments

  1. Very excited for Twyla's new ballet. Got our tickets!

  2. Anna responded on 26 October 2017 at 3:43am Reply

    But I thought is was Mayara Magri who was going to dance, won't she?

  3. Simon Smith responded on 26 October 2017 at 1:38pm Reply

    Many thanks for a fascinating Insight which more than lived up to its name. Great to see and listen to Twyla Tharp fine tuning her choreography with such command and enthusiasm. And a brilliant, responsive quartet of dancers - fascinating to learn how the dancers contribute so much to the development of the choreography and how good it is for the Royal Ballet to have such a rich and expanding repertoire. Looking forward immensely to the full performance.

  4. alex responded on 26 October 2017 at 3:46pm Reply

    Watched last night... Aren't the lead dancers in Twyla Tharp's new ballet Principals Sarah Lamb, Yasmine Naghdi, Steven McRae, and also Soloists Tierny Heap and Mayara Magri?

  5. Alan Hinkley responded on 26 October 2017 at 8:53pm Reply

    Is it available only once, on the livestream, or can it be seen on demand? I’ve tried to play it but can’t.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 27 October 2017 at 10:27am

      Hi Alan,

      The link here is available on-demand. I'd recommend retrying, possibly from a different device or connection.



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