Northern Ballet’s next mixed programme will feature a new work by Kenneth Tindall, The Architect. The programme, which opens at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds on June 18 to 21, will also include Hans van Manen’s Concertante and a work by Lar Lubovitch.
In recent years, The Royal Ballet has had a bigger hand in the dance programme of the Linbury Studio Theatre, from commissioning new works from other companies to giving its own performances there. Kevin O'Hare, the artistic director of The Royal Ballet, talks about the Linbury season.
Kevin O'Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, speaks exclusively to Dancing Times about his plans for the 2014–15 season.
The Linbury season opens with the Deloitte Ignite festival, which runs from September 5 to 28. This year’s month-long festival is focused on ballet and dance. Curated by The National Gallery’s Dr Mina Moore Ede and The Royal Ballet, it has the theme of myths, and will include new works, events for families and children and a range of performances.
The Royal Ballet has announced the repertoire for its 2014–15 season, from new classic revivals of Ashton and MacMillan to new works by Hofesh Shechter, Liam Scarlett and Wayne McGregor.
In De Oscuro’s new production of Mac//Beth, the witches spin their deceptive prophecies in Welsh, while Lady Macbeth slides from speech into movement as she urges her husband on to murder. It’s an ambitious idea, but the staging is both rushed and pedestrian, gaining little insight from its mix of languages.
Founded in 2010 by Judith Roberts, Welsh dance theatre company De Oscuro is determinedly multilingual. In this production, directed by Roberts, the switch of languages often seems arbitrary.
2011–2012 will be Monica Mason’s final season as director of The Royal Ballet. This is, she explains, “a case of ‘Director’s Choice’ – I’ve included a lot of things that have been particularly special to me, and also one or two that might not appear again for a while.”