L'Heure exquise

1523 October 2021
The performance lasts about 1 hour 10 minutes. There is no interval.
Linbury Theatre
Ballet and dance

World-renowned ballerina and former Royal Ballet Principal Alessandra Ferri returns to the Linbury Theatre following TRIO Concertdance and Chéri, as well as recent guest appearances with The Royal Ballet in Woolf Works and Marguerite and Armand on the Main Stage. Alessandra is partnered by Carsten Jung, former principal dancer of Hamburg Ballet.

Maurice Béjart’s L’Heure exquise (The Exquisite Hour) was inspired by Samuel Beckett’s play Oh! les beaux jours (Happy Days). Béjart created this piece for Carla Fracci and Micha Van Hoecke in 1998, after a solo piece made on Mathilde Souverbie. From its breath-taking opening, with the dancer submerged to the waist in a mountain of over 2,000 pointe shoes, to the stunning variations that capture her past in fragments, this is an unmissable opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary milestone of Alessandra Ferri’s association with The Royal Ballet and her remarkable artistic journey.

Approximate running times
Act I: 45 minutes
Pause: 2 minutes
Act II: 20 minutes

Special thanks to

Lady Angela Bernstein CBE

Generous philanthropic support from

Tina Taylor and The Linbury Trust

Official pointe shoe sponsor

Freed of London

Supported by

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Cast sheets

A co-production with:

AF Dance, Ravenna Festival and The Royal Ballet

Inspiré du texte de Samuel Beckett

« Oh! Les beaux Jours »

Performed by courtesy of

Foundation Maurice Béjart



ChoreographyMaurice Béjart

MusicAnton Webern, Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Lehar

Original set designsRoger Bernard

Costume designerLuisa Spinatelli

Lighting designerMaina Gielgud and Marcello Marchi

StagingMaina Gielgud


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