Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
These works are performed together:
Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centenary with the world premiere of a new work.
Liam Scarlett sets Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony no.2, ‘The Age of Anxiety’, inspired by W.H. Auden’s epic poem.
To mark the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, Christopher Wheeldon creates a new work for The Royal Ballet.
Cast sheets will be available here soon.
To find out more visit the New Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon production page.