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Within the Golden Hour

Christopher Wheeldon's ballet to a specially written score by Ezio Bosso has been acclaimed as one of his finest works.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Within the Golden Hour. It was last on stage 8–21 May 2019 as part of the Spring 2018/19 season.

Introduction

Seven couples dance in shifting groups. They separate for three central pas de deux each highly characterized: light, sensual, confrontational. All the dancers come together for a thrilling ending.

Background

Christopher Wheeldon created Within the Golden Hour for San Francisco Ballet in 2008, as part of their New Works Festival in celebration of the company's 75th anniversary. Italian minimalist composer Ezio Bosso created the original score for strings, incorporating music by Vivaldi. It was first performed by The Royal Ballet in 2016.

Within the Golden Hour is structured into sections, accentuated by Jasper Conran's designs. Around three central pas de deux, the ballet exhibits Wheeldon's characteristic complex handling of ensembles, in the process creating intricate lattice works that shift and mutate in this reflection on the beauty of movement.

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