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Dance at the Royal Opera House in 2012/13

Posted on March 14, 2012

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royal_opera_house-520393fdAlongside The Royal Ballet’s new season plans, The Royal Opera House has announced the rest of its dance programme, including performances by Ballet Black, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Arthur Pita, Will Tuckett | Dance Theatre, Danish Dance Theatre and Bern:Ballett.


The ROH2 season opens on September 7 with Three & Four Quarters by HeadSpace, a new company led by British dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill. They will dance new works by Javier de Frutos, Luca Silvestrini and Didy Veldman, plus Mats Ek’s Light Beings, which the choreographer has reworked specially for Broom and Akrill.


From October 25, Phoenix Dance Theatre present Crossing Points, a mixed bill of works by Ana Luján Sánchez, Henri Oguike, Sharon Watson and Kwesi Johnson. From November 28, Hetain Patel performs Be Like Water, a collaboration with digital artist Barrett Hodgson that explores cultural identities and the fact that Patel has always wanted to be martial arts star Bruce Lee.


Wayne McGregor | Random Dance come to the Linbury from November 15, dancing three performances of McGregor’s FAR and a triple bill of new works by Robert Binet, Alex Whitley and Paolo Mangiola. Will Tuckett’s The Wind in the Willows returns to the Linbury for Christmas, with 30 performances from December 12 – including plenty of matinées.


Also in December, The Royal Opera will stage a new production of Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable. This includes the famous “ballet of the nuns”, which sparked Romantic ballet’s fascination with the ghostly and ethereal. Laurent Pelly’s production will have choreography and movement by Lionel Hoche. The production opens on December 6.


Arthur Pita’s The Metamorphosis, in which Edward Watson gives a remarkable performance as the man-turned-cockroach, returns from March 16–23.


Other dates for 2013 are still to be confirmed, but the London International Mime Festival returns to the Linbury in January, followed by ROH2’s Exposure platform for new opera and dance.


Ballet Black will return for the company’s now-traditional spring season. In March, Danish Dance Theatre will perform Tim Rushton’s Chinese Drums and his Rhapsody, danced to John Adams’ Shaker Loops. The Young British Dancer of the Year competition will also be held in March. In April, Royal Ballet and guest dancers will present Draft Works, an evening of new choreography.


Bern:Ballett, directed by Cathy Marston (a former associate artist of the Royal Opera House) returns to the Linbury in May. Marston’s latest full-evening work is inspired by Anna Goeldi, the “last witch in Switzerland”, who was executed for witchcraft in 1782.

The Linbury season will end with performances by The Royal Ballet School, opening on July 14.


Pictured: artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 season launch. Back row, left to right: Tony Hall, Kevin O’Hare, Wayne McGregor, Antonio Pappano, John Fulljames, Kasper Holten, Barry Wordsworth. Front row, left to right: Alison Duthie, Christopher Wheeldon, Jeanetta Laurence. Photograph: Elliott Franks, courtesy of The Royal Opera House

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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