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Watch: Woolf Works Insight 2017

Find out how Wayne McGregor adapted Virginia Woolf's writings for ballet, and get a closer look at the choreography.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

11 January 2017 at 12.34pm | 2 Comments

This month, Wayne McGregor's critically acclaimed ballet triptych, set to music by British composer Max Richter and inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf, returns to the Royal Opera House.

Presented by Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O'Hare, a pre-opening night livestreamed Insight event at 7.30pm on 13 January 2017 included interviews with McGregor, who celebrates ten years as Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet this Season, and his long-time collaborator Richter, who created the mesmerizing orchestral and electronic score especially for this work.

Margaret Reynolds, Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London, led a discussion with dramaturg Uzma Hameed exploring how she and McGregor brought Woolf’s novels to life through ballet.

There were also performance excerpts featuring Royal Ballet dancers Edward Watson, Tristan Dyer, Akane Takada and Matthew Ball.

See more rehearsals and interviews from the time of Woolf Work's premiere in 2015:

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Woolf Works runs 21 January–14 February 2017. Tickets are still available.

The Royal Ballet's Insights will be broadcast at 7.30pm live on this page, and on our YouTube channel. Find out more about our Insights events.

Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works will be released on Deutsche Grammophon on 27 January 2017

This article has 2 comments

  1. Peter Sanham responded on 8 February 2017 at 4:23pm Reply

    Why does this not constitute part of the WW Digital Programme?

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 20 March 2017 at 11:13am

      Hi Peter,
      Thanks for your question.
      It's not in the Woolf Works Digital Programme because Insights events are available for everyone using our site. Insights are organised by our Learning Department to reach out to a wide number of people and provide context for our productions. To keep them as accessible as possible, you can watch the video whether you've downloaded the Digital Programme or not.
      All best wishes,

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