Akane Takada in Woolf Works © 2017 ROH. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

Woolf Works

26 June9 July 2020
Online only
Ballet and dance

Online premiere: Friday 26 June 2020 at 7pm BST, broadcast free online as part of the Royal Opera House's #OurHouseToYourHouse series.

Virginia Woolf defied narrative conventions to depict a heightened, startling and poignant reality. Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych Woolf Works was inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf and has an original score by Max Richter. It was created for The Royal Ballet in 2015 and met with outstanding critical acclaim, going on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. The Observer described it as ‘a compellingly moving experience’; for The Independent it ‘glows with ambition… a brave, thoughtful work’; The Guardian concluded that ‘it takes both McGregor – and the concept of the three-act ballet – to a brave and entirely exhilarating new place’.

Woolf Works re-creates the emotions, themes and fluid style of three of Woolf’s novels: Mrs DallowayOrlando and The Waves. These inspirations are also enmeshed with elements from her letters, essays and diaries such that Woolf Works expresses the heart of an artistic life driven to discover a freer, uniquely modern realism. It brings to life Woolf’s world of ‘granite and rainbow’, where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence.

With warm thanks to

Mrs Aline Foriel Destezet (Season Principal), Aud Jebsen, The Kirsh Foundation and all the supporters of The Royal Ballet

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Direction and choreographyWayne McGregor

MusicMax Richter

DesignerCiguë, We Not I and Wayne McGregor

Costume DesignerMoritz Junge

Lighting DesignerLucy Carter

Film designerRavi Deepres

Sound designerChris Ekers

Make-up designerKabuki

DramaturgyUzma Hameed


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