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Watch: Two new ballets in rehearsal with Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon

Yugen and Corybantic Games see two of the world's premier choreographers create new works to music by Leonard Bernstein.

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

12 March 2018 at 5.04pm | 7 Comments

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein, and to celebrate The Royal Ballet are staging a mixed programme of three pieces inspired by the composer's works.

The mixed programme will see Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon present new works entitled Yugen and Corybantic Games, respectively. These world premieres were the focus of a recent ROH Insights session. The event – featuring both rehearsals and interviews – is now available to watch in-full on-demand on this page, and via the ROH YouTube channel:

Bernstein Centenary runs 15 March-9 April 2018. Tickets are sold out, although returns may become available, and a limited number will be released each week via Friday Rush.

The Mixed programme will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 27 March 2018. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

This mixed programme is part of Leonard Bernstein at 100 and Yugen is a co-production with Dutch National Ballet. The mixed programme is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Daniel Katz Gallery, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, The Taylor Family Foundation, The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and the Bernstein Production Syndicate. Yugen is staged with generous philanthropic support from Linda and Philip Harley, Janine Rensch and The ROH Young Philanthropists. Corybantic Games is staged with generous philanthropic support from Kenneth and Susan Green, Mr and Mrs Edward Atkin CBE and Sue Butcher.

This article has 7 comments

  1. Nick responded on 12 March 2018 at 11:51pm Reply


  2. This has convinced me get a (return) ticket. Is it possible to find out on which dates Mayara Magri will be dancing? She looks fabulous here.

  3. Sarah Langfield responded on 14 March 2018 at 11:43pm Reply

    I also want to know when Mayara Magri is dancing please.

  4. Simon Smith responded on 15 March 2018 at 10:41am Reply

    I very much enjoyed this fascinating Insight exploring the creative processes that are essential for new ballet. Many thanks to all for sharing such intimacy.

    But I do wonder if the Royal Ballet is missing a trick with its seeming reluctance to herald this Bernstein celebration. The music for the new ballets which was clearly chosen a long time ago is not publicised, we have titles for the ballets but without any helpful explanation, and we still do not have casting details with the opening night a few hours away. And it has taken a couple of weeks to put the Insight programme on the web. Is there any rationale for hiding what promises to be such light under a bushel?

  5. Simon Smith responded on 15 March 2018 at 10:55am Reply

    Apologies - I should have added that there seems to be more information about casting, costumes etc on social media from members of the Royal Ballet than from the Royal Ballet's web. I do hope the Royal Ballet will look at how it has publicised this Triple Bill and learn any lessons.

  6. JoyceFfreissmuth responded on 28 March 2018 at 10:55am Reply

    Why don't you state Bernstein's compositions in the programme ??
    After all it's his music !!

  7. Shelley Hudson responded on 1 April 2018 at 3:19pm Reply

    I would like to congratulate Christopher Wheeldon on the choreography for Corybantic Games particularly the forth movement the piece was moving, original and absorbing. Thank you for the experience. Shelley

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