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Watch: Sarah Lamb in Nowness short film Portrait of a dancer

New web short sees the Royal Ballet Principal dance choreography from Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works.

By Ottilie Thornhill (Winner of the Kings Cultural Challenge)

15 December 2015 at 5.42pm | Comment on this article

Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb features in a new short film by Malcolm Venville for online magazine Nowness.

The latest in the Portrait of a Dancer series, which previously explored Lauren Cuthbertson’s return after injury, sees Sarah perform an extract from Wayne McGregor's Woolf Works. The ballet had its premiere earlier this year and draws on three novels by Virginia Woolf — Mrs DallowayOrlando and The Waves — in addition to non-fiction and biographical material from the modernist author’s life.

Drawing on Woolf’s defiance of linear narrative, Venville’s black and white film cuts between close ups, medium and long shots to create an effect that in some ways mirrors Woolf’s stream of consciousness prose.

The film sees Sarah dance to the only remaining audio recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice. Discussing the nature of words and multiple meanings, Woolf asks, ‘How can we combine the old words in new orders so they survive, so that they create beauty, that they tell the truth? That is the question.’

Sarah Lamb’s upcoming Royal Ballet performances include The NutcrackerWithin the Golden HourGiselle and The Winter’s Tale.

By Ottilie Thornhill (Winner of the Kings Cultural Challenge)

15 December 2015 at 5.42pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, Film, Nowness, online, Portrait of a Dancer, Sarah Lamb, short, Virginia Woolf, Wayne McGregor, Woolf Works

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