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Fool's Paradise

The Royal Ballet

Gold petals flutter down on Christopher Wheeldon's exquisite ballet, which features a romantic score by Joby Talbot.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Fool's Paradise. It was last on stage 3–14 November 2012.


This abstract ballet follows the changing moods of Talbot's score as it moves between discordant and lighter passages.


Christopher Wheeldon's Fool's Paradise was created for his former company Morphoses and had its premiere at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 2007. Joby Talbot – with whom Wheeldon collaborated on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – provided lusciously romantic music that was adapted from his score for The Dying Swan, a 1916 silent film.

Fool’s Paradise blends classical technique with a modern sensibility in choreography of great beauty. Bathed in warm light, the dancers move through solos, duets and trios, occasionally settling into still, sculptural tableaux. The work contains a moving pas de deux and builds to a spectacular arrangement for the whole ensemble, as gold petals shower down on the stage.

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