Artists of The Royal Ballet in Within the Golden Hour in The Royal Ballet Back on Stage ©2020 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

21st-Century Choreographers

1830 May 2021
The performance will last approximately 2 hours 25 minutes including one interval
Main Stage
Ballet and dance
These works are performed together:
  • Within the Golden Hour
  • Optional Family: a divertissement
  • The Statement
  • Solo Echo

The Royal Ballet celebrates the creative vision of some of today’s finest international choreographers in a mixed programme of contemporary work. This programme opens with Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour, originally created for San Francisco Ballet in 2008. Brought into the Royal Ballet repertory in 2016, with glittering designs by Jasper Conran, the ballet weaves ensemble pieces with pas de deux reflecting the beauty of movement.

All the excitement of a world premiere follows with Optional Family: a divertissement created by American choreographer Kyle Abraham ahead of his commission by The Royal Ballet for the 2021/22 Season. Acclaimed for his mercurial fusion of dance styles, Abraham has created works for his own company A.I.M and for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and New York City Ballet, as well as solo works for celebrated American Ballet Theater principals Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III. He appeared in the Linbury Theatre in 2014 in a pas de deux created for Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature.

Following the Olivier award-winning success of her poignant Flight Pattern, the extraordinary imagination of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite is demonstrated again in two works created for Nederlands Dans Theater and performed for the first time by The Royal Ballet. The shadowy depths of human nature and boardroom politics are explored in the riveting dance-drama of The Statement contrasted with an atmospheric evocation of winter in Solo Echo, inspired by a poem by Mark Strand and the melancholy beauty of Brahms’s sonatas for cello and piano.

Production information

The Royal Ballet is rehearsing, staging, and performing within strict COVID-safe conditions. To ensure the safety of artists and creative teams, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, mitigations have included maintaining social distancing between staff and artists where possible, wearing face coverings and regular testing for all involved. Testing has been administered privately and at no expense to the NHS.

Suitable for ages 12+

The Statement contains strong language

Due to socially-distanced seating we are only able to offer a limited number of single seats which have now sold out, but please look online for returns. All productions will be streamed on ROH Stream, and we look forward to being able to offer more seating options in the 2021/22 Season. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Cast sheets


There will be a livestream of the performance on 28 May. Watch via ROH Stream.

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing

Within the Golden Hour

Generous philanthropic support from

Mr and Mrs Edward Atkin CBE, Kenneth and Susan Green and the Friends of Covent Garden

Solo Echo / The Statement

Generous philanthropic support from

Victoria Robey OBE

The 2020/21 Ballet Season is generously supported by

Aud Jebsen

The Statement Premiere 4 February 2016, Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague (NL)

Solo Echo Premiere 9 February 2012, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague (Nl)



Within the Golden Hour

ChoreographyChristopher Wheeldon

MusicEzio Bosso and Antonio Vivaldi

Costume designerJasper Conran

Lighting designerPeter Mumford

Optional Family: a divertissement

ChoreographyKyle Abraham

MusicGrischa Lichtenberger and Nidia Borges

Costume designerIlaria Martello

Lighting designerDan Scully

The Statement

ChoreographyCrystal Pite

TextJonathon Young

MusicOwen Belton

Set designerJay Gower Taylor

Costume designCrystal Pite and Joke Visser

Lighting designTom Visser

Solo Echo

ChoreographyCrystal Pite

MusicJohannes Brahms

Scenic designJay Gower Taylor

Costume designCrystal Pite and Joke Visser

Lighting designTom Visser

Main Stage

There is no lift and step-free access to the auditorium for tickets that use doors 1D, 2D, 3E and 4E due to maintenance work. Wheelchair and companion seats are still available on level 6 (door 6F) and in the Stalls Circle. Step-free access to the left hand side of the auditorium is subject to delay due to only one lift being in operation.

The Orchestra Stalls are reached by a minimum of nine steps. Seats in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

If you have concerns about how our COVID-19 safety measures and current maintenance work may affect your access requirements, please contact



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